PORTLAND -- For months, Caleb Porter has been torn by his loyalty to the Akron Zips while waiting to take over as coach of the Portland Timbers.
Porter was hired as the Major League Soccer team's coach in late August, but he wrapped up his seventh season with Akron before fully making the move. He guided the Zips to an 18-1-3 record, the Mid-America Conference championship and into the third round of the NCAA tournament.
It was the sixth straight season Akron had made it to the tournament; the Zips won the national championship in 2010. Porter finished with a 123-18-17 overall record at Akron and the highest winning percentage (.832) among current Division I coaches.
The Timbers fired coach John Spencer last July and replaced him in the interim with general manager Gavin Wilkinson.