MLS: John Spencer Fired By Portland Timbers

John Spencer out in Portland.

In a season where MLS managers are increasingly and appropriately help more accountable by the front office, John Spencer becomes the latest casualty of the trend.

Spencer, 16-22-13 in almost a year and half at the helm of the Timbers, seemed to have run out of ideas in jumpstarting the Timbers this year. The team–despite enjoying a massive home field advantage–was often found tentative in the lead, especially at home and overwhelmed on the road–this past weekend succumbing to Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto 3-0.

Merritt Paulson will make the announcement today at 2:30 PST with Gavin Wilkinson, general manager, set to be named interim coach.

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7 responses to this post.

  1. FWIW: I tend to think that Spencer would have survived the losses had his team looked even MODERATELY capable on the road. It is one thing to lose games, it is another to look feckless, toothless and impotent.

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    • Posted by matthewsf on 2012/07/09 at 10:31 AM

      Agree completely. If you are going to play direct, “boom ball” on the road, you need to come away with draws. Not 3-0 losses.

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  2. Posted by John Parker on 2012/07/09 at 10:57 AM

    Hope this opens up some playing time for Charles Renken, who I believe was a Wilkensen signing w/out much input from Spencer.

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  3. Worth noting that there is not a huge amount of love for Gavin Wilkinson (who is supposed to be the interim manager) among Timbers fans. You won’t be seeing an application of total football coming to PDX with him around any time soon.

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    • Posted by dth on 2012/07/09 at 12:23 PM

      Very parochial judgment, but I’m not hugely impressed by what they’re planning on doing with their academy. Lot of college guys there. (This describes most MLS academies, to be fair.)

      (And of course the exceptions don’t have college guys in charge.)

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  4. Posted by Crow on 2012/07/10 at 6:24 AM

    Who do Portland fans want as coach? Portland certainly has enough clout that they should be able to attract a top American coach or possibly even a foreign coach considering Portland is recognized outside the USA.

    I was wishing for Caleb Porter for the Union despite the Olympic failure, but given how far Hackworth has distanced himself from Nowak and the way the Union are playing I think I will be happy for him to keep the job…. as long as this continues.

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