"In this ultra-competitive, cut-throat world of pro soccer, it's pretty rare when you talk to former players and owners... and you get nothing but positives about someone. That's the case with this
guy. It really is. He's a special individual. He has a quiet confidence and charisma that's rare, not just in soccer, but in this world."
-- Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson
on new head coach Giovanni Savarese
, who was introduced to the media on Monday. (Oregonian