PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Portland Timbers have hired Caleb Porter as their head coach for the 2013 season.

The 37-year-old Porter has spent the past seven seasons at Akron and will stay with the college program through this season. He recently served as the head coach of the U.S. U-23 national team.

Timbers general manager Gavin Wilkinson made the announcement Wednesday.

The Timbers fired coach John Spencer on July 9 and Wilkinson took over for the rest of the season. The team is in last place in the MLS Western Conference.