The buzz seems to be that John Spencer, former Colorado Rapids hitman and current Houston Dynamo assistant coach, is in the running to become the Head Coach of the Portland Timbers beginning 2011.
The basis of the rumor is that Spencer turned down the opportunity to interview for the DC United coaching position because he wanted to keep his family in Houston.
I'm not sure how credible the information is, but it comes via Bernardo Fallas- a solid MLS reporter in the Houston area.
I personally like and respect Spencer from his days at Colorado. And he seems to be an integral part of a solid team and organization in Houston. The Dynamo are a tight, cohesive unit, whom, every time they step on the field, it seems like they expect to win. I'd like that sort of mentality to be adopted here in the Pacific Northwest. And, being Spencer's first head coaching position, I'm certain he'd relish the challenge, even if there would be rookie mistakes along the way.