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Portland Timbers Director of Sports Medicine and Head Athletic Trainer Nik Wald Has Resigned

TUCSON, ARIZONA – Feb 6, 2014 – The Portland Timbers head athletic trainer, Nik Wald works on rehab with Steve Zakuani, during a training session at the Kino Sports Complex in Tucson as part of their preseason training, Thu, Feb 6, 2014. (

Head Athletic Trainer and Director of Sports Medicine Nik Wald has resigned his position with the club.

Wald’s departure comes after a handful of injuries to key Timbers players, including Timbers captain Liam Ridgewell, who re-injured his quad last week in his first training after missing three weeks with the same injury.

Wald had worked for the Timbers since 2007.

“On behalf of the club, I would like to thank Nik Wald for his many years of service and wish him all the best in his future endeavors,” said Timbers General Manager and President of Soccer Gavin Wilkinson in a prepared statement.

T2 Head Athletic Trainer Taichi Kitagawa will join the Timbers first-team medical staff. The Timbers first-team medical staff also includes Director of Sports Science Nick Milonas, Athletic Trainer Alex Margarito and Performance Analyst Nick Lewis.

— Jamie Goldberg | jgoldberg@oregonian.com

503-853-3761 | @jamiebgoldberg

Marshawn Lynch participated in Steve Zakuani’s charity soccer game Sunday and drew laughs as he tried to score a touchdown in flip flops and earned himself a red card in the process.

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