The Portland Timbers have a brand new assistant coach and he has more than just soccer experience – he played for the team himself.
Sean McAuley, 40, played for the second-division Timbers in 2002 and before that, he played for several clubs in his native England. In all, he played professionally for 15 seasons before becoming a coach.
Prior to his recent return to Portland, McAuley served as academy head coach for England's Sheffield Wednesday, in his hometown. He was also caretaker manager for its first team during the 2006-07 and 2009-10 League Championship seasons.
Timbers general manager/interim head coach Gavin Wilkinson said McAuley's knowledge and experience are perfect matches for the team.
"[McAuley] understands our club philosophy and objectives and will help maximize the potential of our young players," said Wilkinson.
McAuley shares the excitement and said being chosen as the Timbers' new assistant coach is an honor.
"When I was presented the opportunity to join the staff there was no hesitation in my mind that it was the right career decision for me. I have seen the growth in the club since I played there in 2002 to where it is now; it's phenomenal," he said.
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