Columbus Crew announce new president and head coach

The Associated Press
Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter walks off the pitch after an MLS soccer match against the Seattle Sounders, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Seattle. The match ended in a 1-1 tie. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter walks off the pitch after an MLS soccer match against the Seattle Sounders, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Seattle. The match ended in a 1-1 tie. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Columbus Crew has named Caleb Porter as head coach and Tim Bezbatchenko as its new president.

The moves come with a new ownership group led by Cleveland Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam expected to take over and plans in the works for a new downtown stadium. The MLS team was at risk of being moved to Austin, Texas, by its present owners before the local group stepped in.

The 43-year-old Porter was head coach of the Portland Timbers from 2013-17, finishing there with a 68-50-52 record. Previously, he was head soccer coach at the University of Akron from 2006-12.

The 37-year-old Bezbatchenko was Toronto FC's vice president of soccer operations and general manager from 2013-18.

The Crew opens the season March 2.

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