New Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter was introduced at a news conference Tuesday morning at JELD-WEN Field.
Porter spent seven years coaching the University of Akron, and also recently served as the head coach of the U.S. U-23 National Team. He was appointed head coach back in August, but finished off the college soccer season at Akron before moving to Portland.
After becoming one of the NCAA's most successful coaches, Porter said he was ready for a new challenge.
"In some ways, I was uncomfortable being comfortable," Porter said.
Porter takes over a Timbers team that has Akron alum Darlington Nagbe on the roster. Nagbe has been a key player for the Timbers the past two seasons and scored the 2011 MLS Goal of the Year.
"It was a nice bonus," Porter said of having Nagbe on the roster. "I know very well Darlington's talent."
Porter was also asked about the presence of Scottish forward Kris Boyd on the roster. Though Boyd remains under contract with the club, Porter said "it is going to be difficult for him to fit in" to the coach's system.
Portland will start the MLS regular season Sunday, March 3 against the New York Red Bulls. It will be looking to improve on a season in which the club fired its first MLS coach, John Spencer, in July 2012. The team's general manager Gavin Wilkinson was named the interim head coach for the rest of the season.
It has been a busy offseason for the Timbers after the team missed out on the 2012 MLS Playoffs. Team owner Merritt Paulson tweeted more roster moves will be announced later this week.
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