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August 27, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Has Portland found a coach? (Monday links)

Portland Timbers Logo.jpgSounds like the Portland Timbers might be closing in on a new coach.

The Oregonian is reporting the team has offered the job to Akron coach Caleb Porter, who has built the Zips into a perennial championship contender. Porter is also the coach of the U.S. U-23s and was in charge of the U.S. Olympic team, which failed to qualify for the finals in London.

Steven Goff of The Washington Post was the first to report interest between both parties earlier this month.

Porter was the college coach of Steve Zakuani and Timbers midfielder Darlington Nagbe. A highly regarded Sounders academy alum, DeAndre Yedlin, is a sophomore defender at Akron, so he would be affected in a potential move, as well.

Any thoughts on this one? Let’s get to some links:

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— On the college scene, the UW men are off to a 2-0 start with wins against Gonzaga and Cal Poly. The big news for the Huskies though was forward Darwin Jones, a Sounders academy alum, being named ineligible. The UW women are 3-0, their best start since 2008.

— Seattle U’s men’s team, led by coach Pete Fewing, has a 1-1 record after games vs. Gonzaga and Cal Poly. The Redhawks women are 2-2.

— And with the college season underway, here’s some good preview stuff from Top Drawer Soccer and Soccer By Ives.

— Here’s some interesting some from Philly.com: an update on Peter Nowak‘s lawsuit against the Union and a chat with midfielder Freddy Adu, who was benched for the team’s last game.

— Around the league, Vancouver midfielder Dane Richards is off to play for Burnley FC in England after the season, LA Galaxy star Landon Donovan said he won’t be going across the pond in the offseason, and New York’s Victor Palsson will be going out on loan to a Dutch team.

— In case you missed it, USMNT regular Maurice Edu has landed with Stoke City of the EPL.

— Lastly, Arlington has a new semipro indoor team that you can help name.

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