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Caleb Porter is MLS coach of the year

by: TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Caleb Porter shows her feelings to the home fans after the Portland Timbers' playoff win over Seattle.The Portland Timbers' turnaround season has turned into a top coaching honor for field boss Caleb Porter.

Major League Soccer announced Monday morning that Porter, who led the Timbers to the MLS semifinals, is the league's 2013 coach of the year.

Media, MLS players and MLS club management voted on the award, based on regular-season performance.

Porter, 38, in his first MLS season, coached Portland to a 14-5-15 regular-season mark and first-place finish in the Western Conference.

The Timbers had the third-best record in the league, two points off the MLS-leading point mark of the Eastern Conference New York Red Bulls.

The Timbers set single-season club records for points (57), wins, goals (54), goal differential (plus-21), shutouts (15) and fewest goals allowed (33).

Porter, New York's Mike Petke, Real Salt Lake's Jason Kreis and Coorado's Oscar Pareja were finalists for the award.

Porter became the eighth MLS coach to win in his first full season in the league.

The weighted point totals:

Porter 126.28

Petke 85.78

Kreis 26.58

Pareja 20.12

In percentage of club votes, the candidates finished this way:

Porter 30.61

Petke 30.61

Kreis 12.25

Pareja 8.16

In percentage of media votes, the four ranked this way:

Porter 58.44

Petke 28.57

Kreis 3.9

Pareja 2.6

In percentage of player votes, Porter also had a wide lead:

Porter 37.23

Kreis 10.43

Pareja 9.36

Petke 26.6