Multiple outlets on Thursday night reported that Caleb Porter, who led the Portland Timbers to the 2015 MLS title, has decided to leave the club after five seasons as head coach.
The move comes after the Timbers finished first in the Western Conference in 2017 but lost to the Houston Dynamo in the conference semifinals, losing at home, 2-1, after tying on the road, 0-0.
Paul Tenorio of Four Four Two first reported the story.
Jamie Goldberg of the Oregonian followed with confirmation that it was Porter's decision to
Given the level of support from Portland's management and the Timbers' popularity -- they have sold out every game in their seven MLS seasons -- there will be lots of interest in
the head coaching job.
The Timbers won MLS Cup 2015 with a 2-1 win over the Columbus Crew, but it has otherwise been hit or miss for Portland.
The Timbers finished first in
the Western Conference in 2013 and 2017 in addition to winning the 2015 postseason championship. They failed to make the playoffs in 2014 and 2016.
In 2017, the Timbers were hit with a
spate of injuries as the playoffs hit. They were already without striker Fanendo Adi but lost Sebastian Blanco and David Guzman for the first game against Houston and Diego
Chara and Larrys Mabiala for the second game. Early in the second game, Darren Mattocksexited with an injury.
Porter, 42, had an overall record of 68-50-52 during his five years with the Timbers. He came to Portland on 2013 from the University of
Akron, which led to the 2010 national championship. The Timbers featured former Zips Darlington Nagbe, Zarek Valentin and Mattocks. He was given a long-term contract extension in January
Porter, who was also the coach for U.S. under-23 national team that failed to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics, finished the 2017 season as the third longest-serving coach in
MLS after Sporting Kansas City's Peter Vermes and D.C. United's Ben Olsen (2010).
There is currently only one vacancy in MLS -- the Colorado Rapids have yet to name a
replacement for Pablo Mastroeni -- but two expansion teams expected to be named in mid-December and begin play in 2020 will be looking for a head coach.