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January 20, 2010 at 9:48 AM

Portland, Vancouver hire technical directors for MLS teams

For the Timbers, it will be USL coach Gavin Wilkinson, the Oregonian reports.

Wilkinson will continue as coach and general manager of the Timbers’
Division 2 League entry in 2010, but he will not coach the franchise’s MLS team. The Timbers have interviewed one coaching candidate, John Spencer, an assistant with the Houston Dynamo of MLS, and probably will interview other candidates in the coming weeks.
Wilkinson said coaching remains a long-term career goal, but he’s not going to get in the way of the new coach and will devote his energy to helping the team in his new position.

For the Whitecaps, the Vancouver Province tells us it will be an old rival, Tom Soehn, formerly coach of D.C. United, who is expected to be introduced this week.

Soehn took over head coaching duties at D.C. United in 2006 and was 36-30-24 there. His contact was up after last season and the club announced Soehn had removed his name from consideration moving forward.
Caps president Bob Lenarduzzi stressed in the past that, for their technical director, the team was seeking someone who knew MLS, its players and complex regulations, inside and out.

-The Kansas City Star reports that the Wizards’ new stadium will seat 18,000 and will be completed by the start of the 2012 season.
-From the New York Times:

Preki Radosavljevic and Thomas Dooley have been elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame’s class of 2010 and will be inducted at a ceremony this summer in Oneonta, N.Y.

-David Beckham contradicted a report of his impending retirement after the World Cup, telling the Associated Press he wants to keep playing after South Africa.
-Two items from Martin Rogers of Yahoo! Sports…

8. Get ready to say hello to …
Michael Orozco. The U.S. Olympic team defender is poised to leave Mexican side San Luis and link up with MLS newcomer the Philadelphia Union.
9. Get ready to say goodbye to …
Stuart Holden. The Houston Dynamo and USA midfielder is impressing on an extended trial with EPL side Bolton Wanderers and a permanent deal looks probable.

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