March 23rd, 2009 5:33 pm | by BETH SLOVIC News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Sports

Paulson Says He's Made No Hiring Decisions for Major League Soccer

Merritt Paulson
Merritt Paulson, the new owner of a Major League Soccer team in Portland, says he has made no decisions on new hires, despite chatter he's considering Mike Golub (who carries Trail Blazers bona fides) for a new gig.

Last week, WW wrote Paulson was considering making Golub the Timbers' new general manager. Here's what Paulson had to say about that today, March 23, in an email:
1) A GM of a MLS team, similar to a NBA team, is someone like Kevin Pritchard w/ Blazers who is responsible for making player decisions and overseeing team matters. A GM typically is not engaged on the business side. That would be a president or a COO. I will be the president and senior executive of the MLS team.

2) I have made zero decisions related to hiring for MLS. I am fortunate to have a tremendous existing staff who is focused on the ramp up. No additional full-time staffing decisions will be made until everything is finalized.

So your piece on Mike Golub, who is indeed a friend, was inaccurate on a couple levels.

Golub did, however, attend Friday's press conference announcing the new franchise. He declined to comment on the rumors then.
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