Timbers Bits – MLS Coaching Staff Announced (UPDATED)
Today, John Spencer announced the coaching staff for the 2011 season. Magee, Smith, Wald and Derqaoui were all present with the club last year and James comes from LA after a 5 year stint as the assistant coach there.
Head Coach – John Spencer
Assistant Coach – Trevor James
Assistant Coach – Amos Magee
Goalkeeper Coach – Adam Smith
Athletic Director – Nik Wald
Strength and Conditioning – Karim Darqaoui
LA Soccer News covers the move of new Timbers assistant coach Trevor James. James has been through all the ups and downs at the LA Galaxy through the last five seasons. Anyone that has been in LA for the last five seasons has seen decades worth of coaching at semi-normal club. I can imagine that Trevor James is looking forward to a new challenge and a new club. LA Soccer News has full bio of James’ career.
The longest tenured member of the coaching staff having joined the club in 2006, James served as an assistant coach for the club for the last four-and-a-half years, while also taking on the role of Director of Player Development since the start of the Galaxy Academy in 2007.
As the club’s Director of Player Development, James oversaw all aspects of the creation and growth of the Galaxy Academy, including developing the club’s first home-grown signing, forward Tristan Bowen. Since beginning play in 2008, the Galaxy Academy has won a pair of USL Super-20 League division titles, reached the 2010 Super-20 National Championship, qualified for the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Playoffs at both the U-16 and U-18 level, while also winning the LA Futbol Circuit championship last month in their inaugural season at the U-14 level.
The Portland Timbers today announced the club’s coaching staff, naming Trevor James and Amos Magee as assistant coaches and Adam Smith as the goalkeeper coach. Timbers head coach John Spencer made the announcement.
Additionally, the Timbers appointed Nik Wald as the club’s head athletic trainer and Karim Derqaoui (der-COW-ee) as the strength and conditioning coach for their inaugural Major League Soccer season in 2011.
James joins the Timbers after five seasons as an assistant with the LA Galaxy, while Magee, Smith, Wald and Derqaoui continue their tenure with the club having previously worked with the Timbers’ second-division side.
Kip Kesgard covers the busy week ahead for the Timbers in Historic Week on Tap for the Timbers- New Players, Kits and Store Unveiled.
After the dust has settled from the MLS Expansion Draft happening before Thanksgiving, events ramp up again this week for the Portland Timbers. Fans will get a chance to meet some of the newest signings up close, while the team introduces its inaugural kit design on December 9. To help with any gift giving plans, the Timbers are opening a team store in downtown Portland on Friday. Finally, the Timbers roster might gain some additional players with a new player allocation draft.
Some thoughts from the Red Bulls Offiside about Jeremy Hall
Another player no longer in New York is defender/midfielder Jeremy Hall. The Portland Timbers received hall in exchange for a 3rd round Superdraft pick. As a personal fan of Hall (and fellow Terp) I think this was a pretty poor move by management. Although Hall and an injured plagued 2010 campaign, he showed real promise playing on the flanks as a midfielder. At the very least, New York could have done better than a mere 3rd round pick for Hall’s talents, a Generation Adidas player.
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