The Portland Timbers unexpectedly landed on the list of MLS teams in search of a coach. The news broke on Thursday night that Caleb Porter is leaving the club. Porter's next stop is an open question, alongside whom the Timbers might hire to replace him. FourFourTwo's Paul Tenorio broke the news of Porter's exit.
Porter took the Portland job in 2013, leaving the University of Akron where his squad won the 2010 College Cup. His Timbers won the 2015 MLS Cup and finished first this season in the Western Conference. They exited the playoffs in a 2-1 aggregate loss to the Houston Dynamo in the Western Conference semifinals. MLSsoccer.com's Matthew Doyle examines Porter's time in Portland.
MLS saw five teams make coaching changes during the 2017 season. Of those, only the Colorado job is currently open. Reports have the Rapids interested in New Zealand National Team coach Anthony Hudson, with New Zealand now out of the World Cup. The New England Revolution hired former USMNT player Brad Friedel last week.
The Independent's Miguel Delaney looks at the rivalry between Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho and Newcastle's Rafa Benitez. ESPN FC has a statistical breakdown of this weekend's Madrid derby. Goal.com's Alex Fisher has Cristiano Ronaldo's response to growing criticism about his form.
Inside World Football's Paul Nicholson reports that FIFA will look into the FIFA Ranking issue where not playing friendlies can improve a team's standing. The NY Times' Rebecca Ruiz has an update on the FIFA corruption trial in New York.
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