Cameron Knowles

Cameron Knowles (born 11 October 1982 in Auckland) is a New Zealand football coach and former player who is currently the head coach of USL Championship side Portland Timbers 2.

Cameron Knowles
Personal information
Full name Cameron Knowles
Date of birth (1982-10-11) 11 October 1982 (age 37)
Place of birth Auckland, New Zealand
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position(s) Centre back
Club information
Current team
Portland Timbers 2 (head coach)
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2004 Akron Zips
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004 Chicago Fire Premier 14 (2)
2005–2006 Real Salt Lake 4 (0)
2007–2010 Portland Timbers 77 (2)
2011 Montreal Impact 8 (0)
National team
1999 New Zealand U-17 1 (0)
Teams managed
2012–2017 Portland Timbers (assistant)
2014–2017 Portland Timbers Reserves
2018– Portland Timbers 2
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 October 2010
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 April 2010

Playing careerEdit

College and AmateurEdit

Knowles played college soccer for the University of Akron, captaining the team his senior year. Knowles anchored an Akron defence that allowed only three goals in league play and recorded 13 shutouts in 2004. Knowles, a two-time All-Mid-American Conference (MAC) first-team selection led Akron to two MAC titles in 2002 and 2004 and helped Akron make four consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. He was selected to the All-MAC second team his freshman and sophomore seasons and voted Akron's Newcomer of the Year in 2001. In addition, Knowles was a College Soccer News All-Freshman Team honourable mention. A testament to his durability, Knowles played in 49 straight games during his career at Akron.

Knowles also played in the USL Premier Development League for Chicago Fire Premier making 14 appearances and scoring two goals in league play. In addition, Knowles scored 3 goals during the Fire's 2004 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup campaign.


Knowles was drafted by Real Salt Lake of Major League Soccer in the fourth round of the 2005 MLS Supplemental Draft,[1] becoming the first Akron Zip to be drafted by a Major League Soccer team. He made his professional debut on 22 June 2007 against the Los Angeles Galaxy and totalled 346 minutes in four matches his rookie season in MLS, but did not make an appearance at all in 2006 and was released at the end of the year.

Knowles signed with the Portland Timbers of the USL First Division in 2007, and played in all 28 regular-season matches in his debut season for the team, scoring two goals and being named as one of three finalists for the USL First Division Defender of the Year award. He started 29 of 30 matches for the Timbers in 2008 was named to the USL First Division All-League second team.

In August 2009 Knowles sustained a serious leg injury in Montreal that sidelined him for the rest of the season and part of 2010. Knowles was picked up on 26 July 2011, by the Montreal Impact.[2] Knowles made 8 appearances for the Impact before retiring at the end of 2011. He was released by Montreal on 12 October 2011.[3]


Knowles was selected in the New Zealand under 17 squad for the FIFA World Championships but did not participate in the tournament has he suffered a broken leg three weeks prior to the opening match.[4]

Coaching careerEdit

On 26 January 2012, the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer announced the addition of Knowles to the coaching staff as an assistant under Head Coach John Spencer.[5]


Portland TimbersEdit


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 January 2009. Retrieved 7 February 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Defender Cameron Knowles Joins The Impact". Montreal Impact. Archived from the original on 29 September 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2011.
  3. ^ "Decisions made following the evaluation camp". 11 October 2011. Retrieved 29 November 2011.
  4. ^ "#6 Knowles, Cameron, Defender". Portland Timbers. Archived from the original on 8 January 2009. Retrieved 6 February 2009.
  5. ^ "Timbers name Cameron Knowles an Assistant Coach". Portland Timbers. 26 January 2012. Archived from the original on 28 January 2012. Retrieved 26 January 2012.

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