The defending champion Portland Timbers have re-signed President of Soccer Gavin Wilkinson to a long-term contract.
Wilkinson serves as general manager for the Timbers, the Portland Thorns of the National Women's Soccer League, T2 of the United Soccer League, the Timbers U-23s and the Timbers' development academy.
“Gavin has been doing first-rate work for this club for a long time – from scouting talent to cap management gymnastics to setting up our youth development infrastructure – and we have benefited immeasurably from his services,” Timbers owner Merritt Paulson said. “His new title better reflects the size and scope of his oversight with the Timbers and Thorns, and his new contract has been well earned and is mutually advantageous.”
The Timbers, who joined Major League Soccer in 2011, won the MLS Cup final against the Columbus Crew last season. The Thorns won the first NWSL title in 2013. The team kicked off 2016 play last weekend with a victory over Columbus at Providence Park.
“I am excited and honored by this opportunity to continue what we have all started,” Wilkinson said in a release from the team. “My family and I have been privileged to call Portland and this club home for the last 16 years, and I very much appreciate the confidence Timbers owner Merritt Paulson has shown in what we’ve all built, as well as the direction of the club."
Terms of the deal with Wilkinson, who has been with the Timbers' organization for 16 years, were not released per club policy.
A native of New Zealand, Wilkinson joined the Timbers in 2001 as a player when the team was with USL's A-League. He served as head coach of the team from 2007-10 and has served as GM since 2007.
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