Caleb Porter has been rewarded for a sensational first season in charge of the Portland Timbers by winning the MLS Coach of the Year for 2013. The 38-year old may not have been able to win a trophy in his first season at Portland, but Porter can be delighted with what he has achieved this year with the Timbers.
Porter won the award ahead of New York Red Bulls coach Mike Petke, Real Salt Lake coach Jason Kreis and Colorado coach Oscar Pareja. While Porter and Petke each received 30.61 percent of the votes by club management, the Timbers head coach received 58.44 percent of media votes and 37.23 percent of player votes.
Taking over a club that was coming off the back of a disappointing 2012 season in which the Timber finished with eight wins, 16 losses and 10 draws, Porter guided the Timbers to the third best record in the MLS this regular season in 2013, finishing top of the Western Conference with 14 wins.
Suffering just five defeat, only one of those coming at home, was the joint-fewest in a 34-game MLS regular season. The 57 points were the most won by a first-year head coach in MLS since the league’s inception in 1996.
The Timbers’ 15-game unbeaten run was the longest by an MLS head coach in his first full season at the helm, giving Portland fans plenty of confidence heading into next season – which they will begin among the favourites with bet365 following their achievements this year.
“It was absolutely remarkable what these players did this year in 10 months”, he said, according to the bet365 website. “This team has set a standard in a short amount of time and it’s only the beginning. Our goal is to raise trophies, first and foremost. This was a great year, but in the end we didn’t raise a trophy. So we’re going to keep pushing for that.