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In his first year as an MLS coach, the former University of Akron boss took the Timbers from eighth in the Western Conference to first.

With one year of MLS experience under his belt, Caleb Porter has reportedly done enough for the Portland Timbers to ask him back for five more.

The first-year coach, who took the Timbers from eighth in the Western Conference in 2012 to first this season, has been rewarded with a new five-year deal, according to Sports Illustrated.

Porter arrived in Portland after seven dominating seasons at the University of Akron, as well as a brief stint as coach of the U.S. Under-23 national team that failed to qualify for the London Olympics. According to SI, Porter took a pay cut when he left Akron for the Timbers.

After the Timbers finished 8-16-10 last season, they went 14-5-15 under Porter to earn the Western Conference's top seed in the playoffs.

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