PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Timbers today announced that technical director Ned Grabavoy has been signed to a multi-year contract extension.
Grabavoy joined Portland’s technical staff ahead of the 2017 season as director of scouting and recruitment after a 13-year playing career in MLS, including one season with the Timbers. He was promoted to his current role as technical director in December of 2018.
“It has been a priority for us to get Ned's contract extended and it is well deserved,” said Timbers GM and president of soccer Gavin Wilkinson. “He continues to add amazing value to our organization and has had a fast development curve during his time in the front office. We are excited he will be staying with us."
Grabavoy manages and oversees all aspects of scouting, recruitment, and potential player acquisitions for the club. He works closely with the GM on roster management, construction, and player contract execution.
“I am fortunate to have been a part of this incredible organization for more than five years now,” said Timbers technical director Ned Grabavoy. “I would like to thank Merritt Paulson and Gavin Wilkinson for their continued support, and I look forward to continuing my efforts in advancing the club in a positive direction.”
Grabavoy, who signed with the Timbers as the club’s first free-agent acquisition on Jan. 12, 2016, concluded his playing career with 301 MLS appearances as part of a select group of players to play 300 or more games in the league. During his 13-year career, Grabavoy won two MLS Cup championships and a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title.