According to SI.com and Grant Wahl, MLS rookie coach and Coach of the Year candidate Caleb Porter has signed a five-year contract extension. Porter has led the Portland Timbers to their first MLS Playoffs and earned the first seed in the Western Conference. Even better, Portland is set to take on Cascadia rivals Seattle Sounders this weekend.
Despite his many skeptics when he was hired, Porter has done a great job turning around the Timbers. After coaching Division I soccer at the University of Akron, Porter took a pay cut and a risk. It has paid off, and Porter quickly and effectively adjusted to the life of a MLS coach.
As a result, Portland correctly rewarded Porter’s success with a five-year contract extension. The specifics of the contract have not been reported, but I think it is safe to say he will be receiving more money per year.
With the extension, Portland shows a commitment to Porter’s plan and respect of his quick MLS success. With Portland looking to upend their rivals, the pressure is still on Porter. While it would be nice for the Timbers to defeat the Sounders in the two-legged Conference Semifinals, Porter has exceeded many people’s expectations this season.
At this point, whatever Porter does will be icing on the cake for Portland and its fans. Portland has the coaching and player skill to defeat Seattle, so it will interesting to see how far they make it in MLS Playoffs.
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