Sapling Snapshot: Inaugural Grad Class

I was curious how the first graduating class of the Timbers Academy had done in the fall of 2013 (shocked I hadn't looked earlier), and outside of the "lower divisions" - it wasn't pretty. Keep in mind, all of the players on this list, aside from Michael Gray and possibly James Nosack (has time in Sounders Academy too), could be a potential Homegrown Player for the Timbers (assuming they get training in with the organization during their college careers (more on that in another post regarding the academy and U-23's in the future).

Briefly: The academy produced six Division I players in its first year, only two of which saw the field during their true freshman season (James Nosack, Washington). Cameron Chesnutt is no longer on the Stanford roster - so that is something to keep an eye on and in Corvallis, Mitchell North is the third keeper for the Beavers right now, behind an All-Pac-12 honoree with two more years of eligibility.

Timur Zhividze was a stud for Concordia, while Christian Desir led the academy grads with 12 goals and 11 assists at Clark College.

Division I

Kenton McGuire (Vancouver, Wash.), Air Force
McGuire finished his freshman season with the 4-10-5 Falcons with only one appearance.

Cody Street (Beaverton, Ore.), Gonzaga University
Street did not see the field for the Bulldogs as Gonzaga went 10-6-3 on the 2013 season.

Mitchell North (Medford, Ore.), Oregon State University
North did not see any time between the pipes for the 7-10-2 Beavers. North has an uphill battle after his true freshman season, with Matt Bersano a redshirt sophomore in goal ahead of him. Bersano earned All-Pac-12 honors in 2013 and is playing for Lane United this summer in the PDL.

Spencer Kleweno (Portland, Ore.), Oregon State University
Kleweno did not see time for the Beavers as a true freshman.

Cameron Chesnutt (Portland, Ore.), Stanford University
Chesnutt did not take the field for the Cardinal as Stanford finished the season 10-7-4. Chesnutt is no longer listed on the Stanford roster, which has been updated for 2014.

James Nosack (Vancouver, Wash.), University of Washington
Nosack played in seven games for the Huskies in 2013 as a reserve. The Huskies finished the season 16-2-4 overall and reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.

Division II

Michael Gray (Las Vegas, Neva), Dixie State
Dixie State finished 2-10-3 overall, while Gray started all nine matches he played. In 573 minutes of play, Gray scored one goal and added one assist on the season.

Division III

Stefan Wutte (Dallas, Ore.), Willamette University
Wutte played in 17 games for the Bearcats and earned eight starts. The Bearcats finished 10-6-3, while Wutte managed eight shots in 730 minutes of action.


Timur Zhividze (Vancouver, Wash.), Concordia University
Zhividze, originally from Russia, had a grand freshman season for the Cavaliers as he scored eight goals and added four assists in nine starts and 18 appearances. The Cavaliers finished 15-5 in 2013.

Francisco Duenas (Salem, Ore.), Warner Pacific
As the Knights wrapped up 2013 with a 4-12 mark, Duenas started 13 matches and earned 14 appearances. A defender, Duenas netted one goal in 1235 minutes.

Community College
Stats are very hard to come by, so this is what we’ve got…

Hector Martinez (Salem, Ore.), Chemeketa Community College
Martinez finished his freshman season with a pair of yellow cards, and that’s about all that is available for Martinez with the 5-7-1 Storm.

Jose Ortiz (Salem, Ore.), Chemeketa Community College
Ortiz notched two assists in a match against Southwestern Oregon Community College and drew a yellow against Whatcom Community College.

Antony Gonzalez (Salem, Ore.), Clark College
Clark won the South Region title in the NWAACC with a 12-1 mark on the year. Antony Gonzalez netted four goals and five assists, including a brace against Walla Walla.

Christian Desir (Portland, Ore.), Clark College
Desir had a huge year, with 12 goals and 11 assists. Desir scored a Texas Hat Trick (four goals) against Southwestern Oregon Community College. Desir was a South-West Region NWAACC All-Star.

Enrique Esparza, Clark College
Esparza tallied three goals and three assists for the Penguins in 2013. Named All-Southern Region by the NWAACC (for players that did not make the NWAACC All-Star teams).

Gustavo Gonzalez, Clark College
Gustavo Gonzalez netted two goals and recorded a single assist for Clark College.

Abdiel Morfin (Canby, Ore.), Clark College
Recorded one goal on the season for the Penguins.

Alright guys, I don't believe I have to say this but, just in case, please do not submit anything racist, homophobic, sexist or otherwise not appropriate for even the younger Timbers fans.

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