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Porter named head coach of Portland for 2013 season

The Portland Timbers announced on Wednesday that Caleb Porter will take over as head coach of the club for the 2013 season.

Porter will take charge of the Timbers after seven seasons at the University of Akron, where he has established himself as one of the most successful coaches in NCAA history, while he has also served as head coach of the United States U-23 national team.

The 37-year-old will remain with Akron through the 2012 NCAA season before he is formally introduced as the club's new head coach in December.

"Put simply, I believe Caleb Porter is the best young soccer coaching mind in the country," said Timbers owner and president Merritt Paulson. "He is the right fit for the Timbers on every level. We went through an exhaustive and thorough search over the last couple months where we spoke with some truly excellent candidates, but Caleb quickly emerged as the consensus target. We look forward to 2013 and beyond with Caleb at our helm."

Porter has helped Akron become one of the premier programs in the country since his arrival, leading the school to its first national title in 2010, while amassing a record of 106-17-14.

"I am truly excited and honored to be provided this unique opportunity to coach the Portland Timbers, an organization that in a short time has established itself as a model franchise in Major League Soccer," said Porter. "I know that Merritt and Gavin are committed to long-term success for the Timbers and come December, I will be completely focused and driven to continue building a professional club in which the Timbers supporters, city and organization will be proud of. In the meantime, out of respect to the Akron program, I will not be commenting further on this matter until after the conclusion of the 2012 college season."