Taking the Portland Timbers from (one of the) worst to (nearly) first was quite a feat, and manager Caleb Porter is being hailed for the accomplishment. Major League Soccer (the MLS) has declared Porter 2013 Coach of the Year. In his first season with a professional club, after leaving the University of Akron, Porter led the Timbers to a Western Conference Best 14-5-15 record, a 23-point improvement over 2012.

As Jamie Goldberg reports for The Oregonian, choosing Porter was a risk for the Timbers – but one that paid off.

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