Timbers sign Savarese to extension


Timbers have won 8 of 12 since slow start


Timbers coach Gio Savarese (KOIN, file)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – The Portland Timbers locked up its coaching staff to multi-year contract extensions.

The MLS franchise announced Tuesday morning that head coach Giovanni Savarese and several members of his coaching staff have all agreed to fresh contract terms. Those term were not disclosed by the Timbers. However, the announcement serves as a reward for the success Savarese has shown over the last 20 months.

“This extension is a well-deserved reward for Gio’s faith in his own coaching ability and, more so, an acknowledgement of the fact Gavin Wilkinson and I are delighted with Gio and his entire staff, both on and off the field. We expect Gio to be our on-field leader for years to come,” Timbers owner Merritt Paulson said.

The Timbers signed Savarese to replace Caleb Porter in December 2017 and he delivered in his first season with the club, guiding Portland to the MLS Cup Final where the team lost to Atlanta.

Savarese’s record since joining the Timbers speaks for itself. He became just one of three head coaches since 2000 to win 18 or more matches in his first year in MLS, and just the second coach in 14 years to guide his team to the MLS Cup Final in his debut season.

The Timbers have won 8 of their last 12 matches after a slow start to the season, which included their opening 12 matches on the road while renovations were completed at Providence Park.

Portland has also advanced to the quarterfinals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup for a second straight season after eliminating Seattle Sounders FC and the LA Galaxy. In MLS play, Portland will travel to take on NYCFC on Sunday, July 7.

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