Timbers re-sign President of Soccer Wilkinson

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The defending champion Portland Timbers have re-signed President of Soccer Gavin Wilkinson to a long-term contract.

Wilkinson serves as general manager for the Timbers, the Portland Thorns of the National Women’s Soccer League, T2 of the United Soccer League, the Timbers U-23s and the Timbers’ development academy.

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The Timbers, who joined Major League Soccer in 2011, won the MLS Cup final against the Columbus Crew last season. The Thorns won the first NWSL title in 2013.

Terms of the deal with Wilkinson, who has been with the Timbers’ organization for 16 years, were not released per club policy.

A native of New Zealand, Wilkinson joined the Timbers in 2001 as a player when the team was with USL’s A-League. He served as head coach of the team from 2007-10 and has served as GM since 2007.