The former assistant general manager of player personnel and scouting at Toronto FC joins the Portland staff.
The Portland Timbers have named Jack Dodd as their new technical director. Formerly an assistant general manager of player personnel and scouting, Dodd joins the Timbers staff following a nine-year tenure at Toronto FC (2014-2023).
“After a comprehensive search, we couldn’t be more pleased to welcome Jack Dodd to our technical staff,” said Timbers general manager Ned Grabavoy. “His extensive knowledge within the unique world of scouting, recruitment, and player acquisition will be a major asset to our club. Jack has vast experience within MLS, and a thorough understanding of the complexities in building a roster in this league. As we continue to evolve as a club, he will play a key role in helping the various levels throughout the club become more aligned in our approach. With his background and skillset, Jack is ready to embrace the role of technical director, and we couldn’t be more excited for him to get started with all of us here in Portland.”
His extensive knowledge within the unique world of scouting, recruitment, and player acquisition will be a major asset to our club. Jack has vast experience within MLS, and a thorough understanding of the complexities in building a roster in this league. —Ned Grabavoy
During his time with Toronto FC, Dodd was instrumental in the identification and acquisition of MLS MVPs Sebastian Giovinco and Alejandro Pozuelo, as well as many others to have played for the Reds over the past eight seasons. Dodd was promoted to assistant general manager, player personnel and scouting in 2021. In addition to managing the clubs scouting department, Dodd has been involved in many areas assisting in roster management and facilitating player pathways, across Toronto’s MLS and MLS Next Pro teams.
The Derby, England, native helped the club earn several titles, including an MLS Cup (2017), a Supporter’s Shield (2017), three Eastern Conference titles (2016, 2017, 2019) and the Canadian Cup four times (2016, 2017, 2018, 2020).
"I am excited to be joining the Portland Timbers and would like to thank Ned and the rest of the organization for putting their trust in me,” said Dodd. “Every aspect of the club that I have experienced so far have left a positive impression upon me. I am fully committed to embracing this new challenge and giving everything that I can to help the Portland Timbers and this passionate fanbase be successful."
Before joining TFC, Dodd spent six years as a business development manager at Scout7, where he created and developed a player and club data management and recruitment system. During that time, Dodd also served as a technical scout for Crystal Palace FC for a season (2013-2014) and an academy scout for Liverpool Football Club from 2008-2013. Dodd earned his sports management degree at Coventry University in Coventry, England, in 2005.