Timbers fire coach John Spencer

Updated: July 9, 2012, 8:37 PM ET
Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. -- John Spencer, the affable coach of the Portland Timbers who helped prepare the team for the jump to Major League Soccer last season, was fired on Monday.

The Timbers, coming off a 3-0 loss at Real Salt Lake on Saturday, are 5-8-4 and in next-to-last place in the league's Western Conference, with no road wins.

General manager Gavin Wilkinson will coach the team for the remainder of the year.

"We are by no means waving the white flag for the 2012 season," team ...

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