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Former MLS veteran joins RV Timbers

The Rogue Valley Timbers youth soccer club has hired a former 11-year Major League Soccer veteran to serve as the club’s director of coaching.

David Horst, who began and ended his career with Real Salt Lake and had stops in Portland and Houston in between those stints, will oversee player and coaching development throughout the RV Timbers’ offerings.

Kevin Primerano, the Timbers’ executive director who also is director of coaching, will turn over the latter responsibilities to Horst. Primerano will focus on the organization’s strategic vision and the day-to-day business operations of the 1,500-player club.

“We are incredibly fortunate to be able to bring someone with David’s experience to the Timbers family,” Primerano said in a release. “His perspective and knowledge as a professional athlete will be a tremendous asset to our players and coaches.”

Since retiring from Major League Soccer earlier this year, Horst has served as the assistant technical director for the Real Salt Lake youth academy.

Horst was the 14th overall pick in the 2008 draft by Real Salt Lake, where he played three seasons. He then spent three years with the Portland Timbers and three years with the Houston Dynamo before his final two seasons back in Salt Lake City.

A center back, he played in 148 MLS contests, starting 129 of them. He scored five career goals and had four assists.

His teams made the postseason five times.

Horst is expected to arrive in Medford in the second week in January.