Vancouver, Portland Take Step In Right Direction

Vancouver, Portland Take Step In Right Direction

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On January 21, 2010
  • Tom Soehn

Both Vancouver and Portland may be a little over a year away from putting a Major League Soccer club on the field but both took a big step forward this past week in hiring technical directors.

Vancouver hired former DC United coach Tom Soehn while Portland announced their current head coach Gavin Wilkinson was getting the position.

Why are both hires good? It is a matter of getting a head of the curve as expansion teams. Basically both are taking the Seattle route here and are getting on top of things before it gets too late. With the league expanding like it has these past few years, new clubs like Portland and Vancouver are able to see how to do things and how not to do things.

We saw this sort of thing out of Seattle before they entered the league last year. They set out early to hire a staff that would get the ball rolling quickly for them. They made a former MLS star Chris Henderson their technical director and really they haven’t looked back since. It was a move that helped set them up to where they are now, which is no doubt a reason why both Portland and Vancouver got the ball rolling on these hires this week.

Both Soehn and Wilkinson have plenty of time to help build these clubs going into next year. I’d take it that the hire of Wilkinson means that Portland is probably set on hiring someone else as a head coach, like Houston’s John Spencer.

Its going to be interesting to see how these two clubs handle things moving forward. Its funny that both hired technical directors right around the same time. No doubt both will probably make a point of trying to out do one another which can only mean good things for their fans. Nothing wrong with some healthy competition here as they take the proper steps forward at becoming the next MLS clubs.