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Portland Timbers U23s

Portland Timbers U23
Full name Portland Timbers U23s
Nickname(s) The Timbers
Founded 2008
Stadium Providence Park
Portland, Oregon
Ground Capacity 18,627
Owner Merritt Paulson
Head Coach Jim Rilatt
League USL Premier Development League
2014 4th, Northwest
Playoffs: DNQ
Website Club home page
Original Portland Timbers U23s logo

Portland Timbers U23s is an American Major League Soccer franchise of the same name. The team plays in the USL Premier Development League (PDL), the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, in the Northwest Division of the Western Conference.

The team plays most of its home games at Providence Park, the home of the senior Timbers team, where they have played since 2009. The team's colors are green and white.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Players 2
    • Current roster 2.1
    • Notable former players 2.2
  • Year-by-year 3
  • Honors 4
  • Head coaches 5
  • Stadiums 6
  • Average attendance 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

History

The Timbers joined the PDL in 2009, and played their first ever game on May 9, 2009, against fellow expansion franchise Victoria Highlanders. The game finished 2-2, with the first goal in franchise history being scored by Jarad Van Schaik.[1] The Timbers went on to enjoy a successful first season, eventually finishing second in the PDL Northwest division behind the Kitsap Pumas. The campaign was highlighted by several spectacular victories, including an 8-2 demolition of the Yakima Reds in late May in which seven different players got on the scoresheet, a 4-2 win over Cascade Surge which saw the Timbers score twice in the last six minutes to snatch the victory, and a high-scoring 4-3 win over Tacoma Tide which saw six goals in the first half. The Timbers lost the influential Warren Ukah to the pro-ranks half way through the season, but this did not stop the team enjoying a 5-game unbeaten run to finish the regular season which was capped off by a comprehensive 5-0 demolition of the Abbotsford Mariners on the last day of the season. Unfortunately for the Timbers they fell at the first hurdle in the playoffs, losing 3-2 to the Seattle Wolves after being 2-1 ahead with 9 minutes left, before allowing Seattle striker Alex Chursky to score twice in the dying moments, including an agonizing 90th minute winner. Ryan Youngblood was by far Portland's top marksman, finding the net 11 times, while Brent Richards contributed 4 assists.

The 2010 season saw the Timbers get off to a strong start, defeating the Washington Crossfire 3-1 in their opener on May 15. They continued their strong play, running off a string of six consecutive shutouts before finally allowing a goal in a 4-1 defeat of the Abbotsford Mariners on June 19. The Timbers continued their run, capping off a perfect regular season (16-0-0) with a 1-0 win at the Kitsap Pumas. Entering the playoffs as the #1 seed, the Timbers traveled to Bremerton, Washington for the Western Region finals. They advanced to the Championship round with 2-1 victories over the Hollywood United Hitmen and the host Pumas. The 2010 PDL Championship Series was held August 6–7 at PGE Park in Portland, Oregon. The participating teams were the Timbers as Western Champions, the Central Champions Thunder Bay (ON) Chill, the Baton Rouge (LA) Capitals as the Southern Champions and Reading United AC of Pennsylvania as the Eastern Champions. The opening round saw the Timbers defeat Reading and Thunder Bay win over Baton Rouge by identical 2-1 scores. On August 7, behind two goals from 2010 PDL Most Valuable Player Brent Richards, the Timbers defeated Thunder Bay 4-1 to become the first undefeated and untied champion in USL Professional Development League history

Players

Current roster

As of 2013.[2]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
No. Position Player
0 GK Blake Hylen[3]
1 GK David Meves
2 DF Craig Nitti[4]
4 DF Evyn Hewett[5]
5 DF Mitch Lurie
6 DF J. J. Greer[6]
7 MF Gabriel Conelian[7]
8 MF Jose Ribas[8]
9 MF Will Vitalis[9]
10 FW Reinaldo Brenes[10]
11 MF Victor Souto[11]
12 FW Mark Sherrod[12]
13 FW Khiry Shelton[13]
14 MF John McFarlin[14]
15 DF Mark Daus[15]
16 DF Anthony Hobbs[16]
No. Position Player
17 DF Bryan Gallego[17]
21 MF Zach Barnes[18]
22 FW Zack Foxhoven[19]
23 DF Travis Brent[20]
24 MF Michael Escobar[21]
25 FW Clark Phillips[22]
26 FW Jaime Velasco[23]
27 DF Jack McCracken[24]
28 MF Nick Palodichuk[25]
29 DF Saad Abdul-Salaam[26]
32 MF Will Seymore[27]
00 GK Paul Blanchette[28]
FW Reed McKenna[29]
DF Eric Miller[30]
MF Alex Waters[31]

Notable former players

This list of notable former players comprises players who went on to play professional soccer after playing for the team in the Premier Development League, or those who previously played professionally before joining the team.

Year-by-year

Year Division League Regular Season Playoffs Open Cup
2009 4 USL PDL 2nd, Northwest Divisional Semi-Finals Did not qualify
2010 4 USL PDL 1st, Northwest Champions Did not qualify
2011 4 USL PDL 4th, Northwest Did not qualify Did not qualify
2012 4 USL PDL 2nd, Northwest Conference Semi-Finals First Round
2013 4 USL PDL 2nd, Northwest Conference Finals Second Round
2014 4 USL PDL 4th, Northwest Did not qualify Second Round

Click on year for team's season wiki.

Honors

  • USL PDL Champions 2010
  • USL PDL Regular Season Champions 2010
  • USL PDL Western Conference Champions 2010
  • USL PDL Northwest Division Champions 2010

Head coaches

Stadiums

Average attendance

Attendance stats are calculated by averaging each team's self-reported home attendances from the historical match archive at http://www.uslsoccer.com/history/index_E.html.

  • 2009: 361
  • 2010: 616
  • 2011: 1531
  • 2012: 2885
  • 2013: 2444
  • 2014: 2327

References

  1. ^ http://www.uslsoccer.com/stats/2009/1026868.html
  2. ^ http://www.portlandtimbers.com/u-23s/timbers-u-23s-roster
  3. ^ http://goaztecs.cstv.com/sports/m-soccer/mtt/blake_hylen_463118.html
  4. ^ http://www.lmulions.com/sports/m-soccer/mtt/craig_nitti_692546.html
  5. ^ http://goaztecs.cstv.com/sports/m-soccer/mtt/hewett_evyn00.html
  6. ^ http://www.gotigersgo.com/sports/m-soccer/mtt/jj_greer_429557.html
  7. ^ http://www.ukathletics.com/sports/m-soccer/mtt/conelian_gabriel00.html
  8. ^ http://www.gocreighton.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=1000&ATCLID=205241049
  9. ^ http://www.gocards.com/sports/m-soccer/mtt/will_vitalis_718759.html
  10. ^ http://www.gozips.com/sports/msoc/2013-14/bios/brenes_reinaldo_n4fp
  11. ^ http://www.gozips.com/sports/msoc/2013-14/bios/souto_victor_03n1
  12. ^ http://www.gotigersgo.com/sports/m-soccer/mtt/sherrod_mark00.html
  13. ^ http://www.osubeavers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=30800&ATCLID=207912384
  14. ^ http://www.lmulions.com/sports/m-soccer/mtt/mcfarlin_john00.html
  15. ^ http://www.santaclarabroncos.com/sports/m-soccer/2013-14/bios/daus_mark_qejx
  16. ^ http://www.fiusports.com/Sports/MensSports/MSoccer/Roster/tabid/175/viewRosterId/61419/season/2012/Default.aspx
  17. ^ http://www.gozips.com/sports/msoc/2012-13/bios/gallego%20bryan%20yrru
  18. ^ http://www.gocreighton.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=1000&ATCLID=205584318
  19. ^ http://www.gocards.com/sports/m-soccer/mtt/zack_foxhoven_813294.html
  20. ^ http://www.herdzone.com/sports/m-soccer/mtt/travis_brent_714876.html
  21. ^ http://www.portlandpilots.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=3316&path=msoc
  22. ^ http://www.gozags.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=26400&ATCLID=205263973
  23. ^ http://www.portlandpilots.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=3323
  24. ^ http://www.lmulions.com/sports/m-soccer/mtt/jack_mccracken_763237.html
  25. ^ http://www.goduke.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=205159930&
  26. ^ http://www.gozips.com/sports/msoc/2013-14/bios/abdul-salaam_saad_5puk
  27. ^ http://www.osubeavers.com/sports/m-soccer/mtt/seymore_will00.html
  28. ^ http://www.lmulions.com/sports/m-soccer/mtt/paul_blanchette_804541.html
  29. ^ http://www.ucsbgauchos.com/sports/m-soccer/2013-14/bios/mckenna_reed_mowf
  30. ^ http://www.gocreighton.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=1000&ATCLID=205241048
  31. ^ http://www.goheels.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=205530608&DB_OEM_ID=3350

External links

  • Official Site
  • Official PDL site
  • Press announcement
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