GALAXY: Assistant coach departs for Portland

Trevor James, the Galaxy's longest-tenured assistant coach and the club's director of player development, has left to become assistant coach of the expansion Portland Timbers.

The former English pro, whose coaching career began in Ipswich Town's academy, joined the Galaxy in June 2006 after Frank Yallop became head coach and served under Ruud Gullit and Bruce Arena, twice guiding the club in postseason friendlies as interim head coach.

James, one of the nicest guys in the American soccer coaching community, was the pivotal figure behind the creation three years ago of the Galaxy's youth academy.

He'll work under John Spencer, a former Scottish national-teamer who wrapped his playing career with the Colorado Rapids in 2004 and spent four-plus seasons as Dominic Kinnear's top assistant with the Houston Dynamo before taking the Timbers job last summer. Portland will make its MLS debut next season.