Watch the University of Akron men’s soccer team develop the past seven years, from very good to, arguably, the best program in the country, and the thought often came to mind: When will someone come knocking with an irresistible opportunity for Caleb Porter?

That knock came recently, and Coach Porter said yes — to the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer, seizing a chance to fulfill a goal, to test himself at a higher level. Hard to be anything but pleased for Porter, and pleased for soccer, especially if he succeeds in expanding the reach of his entertaining, “death by 1,000 passes,” possession brand of the game. That brand is crucial to the American game raising its level of performance.

Mixed with good feeling for Porter is disappointment, the dashed hope, however unrealistic, that he would become a college soccer version of Mike Krzyzewski, here for decades, pursuing and delivering excellence, a gem on and off the field.

The consolation is, Porter will stay for the remainder of the current season, the Zips playing highly rated Creighton in Omaha this evening. It comes as little surprise that he would stay, having brought together a promising group of new and familiar players, all on hand to learn from him.

So savor each game, the team with the talent to reach the College Cup for the third time in four years, even grab a second NCAA title. Which highlights another consolation, a soccer program in splendid shape, the university having invested smartly, the opportunity ripe for the next coach.