Portland Timbers U-23s to Play Twice at Providence Park

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The saplings' season starts in just two weeks.

The Portland Timbers U-23s announced the venues for their upcoming season today and will be playing two matches at Providence Park this year. The Timbers U-23s start their season on May 15th with a match against the Vancouver Whitecaps U-23s at Providence.

In 2013, the Timbers U-23s finished second in the PDL Northwest Division during the regular season to the Victoria Highlanders. Having qualified for the playoffs thanks to a play-in victory over the Whitecaps U-23s, the Timbers U-23s advanced to the conference finals where they fell to the Highlanders.

Of the 2013 Timbers U-23s, four were selected in the 2014 MLS Superdraft, including target striker Mark Sherrod who saw several minutes of playing time, and one badly missed chance to score, against the Timbers first team when they played the Houston Dynamo last weekend.

The Timbers' press release:

TIMBERS U-23s OPEN 2014 PDL SCHEDULE WITH PROVIDENCE HEALTH & FITNESS DAYS
Team to open 2014 campaign May 15 against Whitecaps FC U-23 at Providence Park

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Portland Timbers U-23s open their sixth Premier Development League (PDL) season on Thursday, May 15, with the first of two Providence Health & Fitness Days at Providence Park. The 2014 season marks the fifth year of the Providence Health & Fitness Days program, promoting healthy living to youth in the community through soccer. 

The two Providence Health & Fitness Day matches will feature matchups against Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23 on Thursday, May 15, and Puget Sound Gunners FC on Friday, May 30. Featuring a host of activities, including a pregame assembly, the daytime matches kick off at11 a.m. (Pacific).

Tickets for the Providence Health & Fitness Days at Providence Park are $10 and are available for purchase online at
www.timbers.com or through the stadium box office. Discounted tickets are available for groups of 15 or more; contact the Timbers ticket office at (503) 553-5555or ticketsales@timbers.com for additional information. 

The Timbers U-23s, the top development team in the Portland Timbers’ development system, play a 14-game, regular-season schedule against Northwest Division opponents in 2014. With the addition of Eugene, Ore.-based Lane United FC to the Northwest Division this year, the Timbers U-23s will face each of the seven division opponents twice during the regular season, once at home and once away.

The Timbers U-23s will split their 2014 home schedule between Providence Park and other venues throughout the greater-Portland area. 

Portland wraps up the regular season Sunday, July 13, against the Washington Crossfire.

2014 Timbers U-23s Schedule (home games in bold):

Date

Opponent

Time (Pacific)

Venue

Thursday, May 15

Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23

11 a.m.

Providence Park

Saturday, May 17

@Puget Sound Gunners FC

1 p.m.

Issaquah H.S.

Saturday, May 24

@Kitsap Pumas

7 p.m.

Gordon Park Field

Friday, May 30

Puget Sound Gunners FC

11 a.m.

Providence Park

Sunday, June 1

Seattle Sounders FC U-23s

2 p.m.

TBA

Friday, June 6

@Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23

7 p.m.

UBC Thunderbird Stadium

Saturday, June 7

@Victoria Highlanders FC

7 p.m.

Royal Athletic Park

Thursday, June 12

@Washington Crossfire

7 p.m.

Redmond H.S.

Sunday, June 15

@Seattle Sounders FC U-23

2 p.m.

Tumwater H.S.

Saturday, June 21

Victoria Highlanders FC

7:30 p.m.

TBA

Saturday, June 28

Kitsap Pumas

7 p.m.

Doc Harris Stadium

Tuesday, July 1

Lane United FC

7 p.m.

Willamette University

Friday, July 11

@Lane United FC

7 p.m.

Willamalane Center for Sports and Recreation

Sunday, July 13

Washington Crossfire

4 p.m.

Liberty High School


ABOUT PORTLAND TIMBERS U-23s
Founded Nov. 11, 2008, the Portland Timbers U-23s is an amateur team affiliated with the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer and serves as a development platform for the club's first team. The team consists of standout players from collegiate and youth programs from Oregon, the Northwest and throughout the country, and competes in United Soccer Leagues’ Premier Development League (PDL). Since their founding, six Timbers U-23s players have signed with the first team, including goalkeeper Jake Gleeson, defender Bryan Gallego and Timbers Homegrown Player Steven Evans. The Timbers U-23s assembled an historic campaign in 2010, posting a perfect 16-0-0 record during the regular season on their way to becoming the first undefeated champion in PDL history.

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