By AVI CREDITOR
The Vancouver Whitecaps will likely be making many personnel changes before their inaugural season in Major League Soccer, but a change at coach is not in the cards.
Teitur Thordarson received a multi-year extension from the Whitecaps on Thursday, cementing his place as coach when the Whitecaps join MLS. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Thordarson, 58, guided the Whitecaps to the USL-1 championship in 2008 and brought the team back to the finals in 2009. Vancouver currently leads the NASL Conference of USSF Division 2 with a record of 9-3-13.
The Iceland native joined the team during the 2007 season.
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TIMBERS ANNOUNCE JERSEY SPONSOR
Not to be outdone by its fellow 2011 expansion club, the Portland Timbers also made a big announcement on Thursday, revealing that Alaska Airlines will be its jersey sponsor when they begin MLS play next year. Financial terms of that deal were not disclosed either.
The Timbers will present their new jerseys in December.
QUEIROZ BANNED SIX MONTHS
Former NY/NJ MetroStars and current Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz has been banned for six months after it was reportedly ruled that he disrupted an anti-doping test prior to this past summer's World Cup.
Queiroz had already been suspended for a month by the Portuguese Football Federation, but the Portuguese Sports Institute levied the heavier punishment.
The Sports Institute's report found that Queiroz was verbally abusive of the anti-doping team and that his actions interfered with an inspector's test, causing uncertainty about the validity of one test. Queiroz will miss Portugal's first four Euro 2012 qualifiers as a result of the suspension.
BALLACK TO RECLAIM GERMAN CAPTAINCY
After an injury forced Michael Ballack to miss the World Cup and yield his captain's armband to Philipp Lahm, the Germany and Bayer Leverkusen midfielder is poised to reclaim his role.
Ballack will be Germany's captain when he rejoins the squad for Euro 2012 qualifying. Ballack isn't expected to be in Joachim Loew's squad until next month, and Lahm will remain captain in his stead. Ballack will reclaim the armband upon his return.
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