Vancouver Whitecaps FC and head coach Teitur Thordarson part ways

Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced today that head coach Teitur Thordarson and goalkeeper coach Mike Salmon have left the club with immediate effect.

“Teitur and Mike have served the club extremely well in recent seasons, but we feel that today’s changes are necessary in order to accelerate the process of turning around our difficult start to the season,” said Paul Barber, Whitecaps FC chief executive officer. “We wish Teitur and Mike well for the future.”

Whitecaps FC also announced today that current director of soccer operations, Tom Soehn, has assumed responsibility as head coach for the remainder of the 2011 season. Soehn will be supported by assistant coaches Denis Hamlett, who joined Whitecaps FC at the start of the season, and Colin Miller, now in his second season with the club.

“Tommy brings extensive experience in Major League Soccer, and in the past year, has immersed himself in the culture of our club. Supported by Denis Hamlett and Colin Miller, we have an excellent balance of Whitecaps and MLS knowledge and expertise,” said Bob Lenarduzzi, Whitecaps FC president.

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