CBS: Timbers’ Caleb Porter next US Soccer head coach?

Bruce Arena is still the coach, but one writer thinks Porter could replace him

Portland Timbers coach Caleb Porter gives a thumbs up to the crowd before an MLS soccer game against the Vancouver Whitecaps in Portland, Ore., Saturday, May 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
Portland Timbers coach Caleb Porter gives a thumbs up to the crowd before an MLS soccer game against the Vancouver Whitecaps in Portland, Ore., Saturday, May 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Caleb Porter has established a winner during his four years as the Portland Timbers head coach, leading the franchise to a MLS Championship back in 2015.

A winning system is something the United States National team hopes to rediscover after failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup due to a 2-1 loss to Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday. Could Porter be the coach to lead the United States back to the 2022 World Cup? One national writer thinks it’s possible.

CBS Sports’ Roger Gonzalez wrote Wednesday that Porter could be a candidate to follow Bruce Arena — who is still the head coach, but whom Gonzalez thinks could be replaced by 2022 — as the next USMNT head coach. Gonzalez also named United States U-20 head coach Tab Ramos and Atlanta United’s Tata Martino could also be candidates for the position.

“I think he’d be a really good fit,” Gonzalez told KOIN 6 News over Skype. “He’s young, he’d be there for quite a long time if he was named the coach and able to be successful. He has a little experience with U.S. Soccer with the U-23 national team. “It wasn’t the greatest stint, but he’s someone who’s a proven winner. He’d be a good fit and I think he’s someone they’ll consider when the time comes.”

Porter, 42, has national coaching experience. He coached the U.S. U-23 team in 2011 while still fulfilling his duties as the Akron Zips’ coach. That team, ledt by Porter, failed to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games.

On Jan. 27, 2016, the Timbers signed Porter, the 2013 MLS Coach of the Year, to a long-term contract extension. The terms were never disclosed.

“Caleb is one of the top coaches in MLS,” said Timbers General Manager Gavin Wilkinson at the time, “and the progress and accomplishments this club has realized over the last three seasons under his direction speak for themselves.”