Seven Portland Timbers Academy Players Sign Letters of Intent

It looks like seven of the Portland Timbers' academy players will be heading off the college in the Autumn to begin their collegiate career.

Some light developmental/academy news for you this morning. Yesterday was the big "Letter of Intent" day for college soccer, among other sports. While it's usually a big day for American football (held on a separate day), it's becoming increasingly more important to soccer as well as MLS as academies begin to prepare to ship off their youth prospects to the "loving hands" of the NCAA.

The Portland Timbers are no different. As of yesterday, the Portland Timbers have helped seven of their players sign commitments to six different universities, five of those being Division I universities.

Here are the players:

Name

Class

Position

Hometown

College Commitment

Spencer Kleweno

Sr.

Forward

Portland, Ore.

Oregon State University

Hector Martinez

Sr.

Defender

Salem, Ore.

Chemeketa Community College

Kenton McGuire

Sr.

Midfielder

Vancouver, Wash.

U.S. Air Force Academy

Mitch North

Sr.

Goalkeeper

Medford, Ore.

Oregon State University

James Nosack

Sr.

Midfielder

Ridgefield, Wash.

University of Washington

Cody Street

Sr.

Defender

Beaverton, Ore.

Gonzaga University

Timur Zhividze

Sr.

Forward

Vancouver, Wash.

Concordia University

It's nice to see Oregon State University picking up two of the players. As we know, they have had a bit of a habit of turning out solid soccer players in the past. Our own Portland Timbers' have two such players in Ryan Johnson and Danny Mwanga.

We wish all these players luck in their collegiate career. Hopefully they'll be able to perform well enough to earn a Timbers contract in a few years.

What do you think about the Timbers sending off seven academy players to college?

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