Tom Soehn, the only director of soccer operations for the Vancouver Whitecaps after their inception in MLS and one-time interim coach of the club, will not return for the 2013 season after he and the club mutually parted ways, the organization announced Thursday. According to the team's statement, Soehn's role will be filled internally for the time being by the club's technical staff.
"Tommy played an important role in building our club as we transitioned from the North American second tier to Major League Soccer,” said Whitecaps president Bob Lenarduzzi. "We are thankful for his hard work and dedication during his three years with the club and wish him all the best with his future endeavors.”
Soehn, who was previously an assistant coach with the Chicago Fire and D.C. United and was the head coach in D.C. from 2007-2009, guided the Whitecaps from the coaches box after Teitur Thordarson was ousted midway into the Whitecaps' expansion season. He returned to solely front-office duties this season following the hiring of Scottish coach Martin Rennie. Soehn, a Chicago native, had been with the Whitecaps since January 2010.
This season, Whitecaps became the first Canadian team to reach the MLS playoffs, doing so in just their second season in the league. The club, which bowed out in the wildcard round to the defending-champion Los Angeles Galaxy, underwent a number of player personnel changes over the course of the season, which included bringing in Scottish Designated Players Barry Robson and Kenny Miller.
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