PORTLAND, Ore. – T2 goalkeeper coach Adin Brown has been appointed as the goalkeeper coach for MLS side Chicago Fire FC, it was announced today.
Brown joined the Portland Timbers coaching staff in 2015 as its goalkeeper coach, helping the club achieve its first-ever MLS Cup title in 2015. Brown, who previously served as a coach at the collegiate level at the University of Portland in 2014, joined the T2 coaching staff in 2018 and helped guide Portland to its first-ever USL Championship playoff appearance at the conclusion of the campaign.
“On behalf of the organization, I would like to sincerely thank Adin for his contributions to the Timbers and T2,” said Gavin Wilkinson, general manager and president of soccer for the Timbers. “Adin is a tremendous person and has been outstanding in every sense. He has been an important member of this club as a player and as a coach, helping us to our first MLS Cup in 2015, and we thank him for all of his remarkable efforts within the club. Adin has been presented with an opportunity that is great for him and his wife Elisabeth and we wish both of them nothing but the best in the next stage of their lives.”
As an accomplished goalkeeper with a 13-year professional career playing in Norway and MLS, Brown originally joined the Timbers for the 2010 season and started Portland’s first-ever MLS match on March 19, 2011, against the Colorado Rapids. A three-time All-American at William & Mary, Brown began his professional playing career with the Rapids in 2000 when he was the No. 3 overall pick in the MLS SuperDraft. Brown, who appeared in 85 games in his MLS career, also spent time with the Tampa Bay Mutiny and the New England Revolution, helping guide the Revolution to their first MLS Cup final appearance in 2002 and earning the team’s Defender of the Year honor twice.
“I am very thankful to Merritt Paulson, Gavin Wilkinson and the entire Timbers and Thorns organization for making me feel so welcome from the day I got here in 2010,” Brown said. “It has been a pleasure to be a part of the Timbers organization, from the first MLS game in Colorado to playing a part in bringing Portland its first MLS Cup, one of the fondest memories in my life. I wish the club continued success as MLS and USL continues to grow.”