The Portland Timbers are headed to the playoffs in 2014 - the Portland Timbers U-17/18’s that is.
In a Friday press release, the United States Soccer Development Academy announced that the Timbers had clinched a spot in the 32-team playoffs alongside Chivas USA and Nomads SC (Calif.).
One spot remains in the U-17/18 playoffs via the wildcard, as Georgia United looks to hold off BW Gottschee Academy (N.Y.), PA Classics and Pateadores (Calif.). Georgia United holds its fate in its own hands with two more matches on the schedule against South Carolina United Battery Academy.
The Timbers U-17/18 side picked up the No. 11 spot in the Wildcard Pool with a 13-9-5 mark and 44 points (1.63 Pts./GP). The Timbers finished fourth in the Northwest Division and eighth in the Western Conference.
The Los Angeles Galaxy with 2.22 Pts./GP led the Western Conference, while Real Salt Lake-Arizona was second at 2.19 Pts./GP. Seattle and Vancouver led the Nothwest Division, with the Sounders netting 2.11 Pts./GP as the Whitecaps finished with 1.96. De Anza Force (Calif.) was third in the Northwest ahead of Portland and finished second in the Wildcard Pool.
The 32 sides will be placed in eight groups of four, guaranteeing each side three more matches before the season comes to a conclusion. The USSDA Playoffs are set to take place from June 23-27 in Westfield, Indiana.
The 15/16s sit 21 places out of the final wildcard spot, ending the season 6-11-10 (more numbers and a look at Cascadia Cup - Academy Style - in a future post).
FULL LIST OF U-17/18 PLAYOFF QUALIFIERS
Listed in current order of standings (6/7/14), MLS sides in italics
Players Development Academy
New York Red Bulls
Capital Area Railhawks Academy - CASL
Los Angeles Galaxy
Real Salt Lake-Arizona
Seattle Sounders FC
Shattuck-Saint Mary's Soccer Academy
Montreal Impact FC
New England Revolution
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Solar Chelsea SC
Indiana Fire Academy
Real So Cal
De Anza Force
Oakwood Soccer Club
Chicago Magic PSG
Charlotte Soccer Academy
Crew Soccer Academy
(Georgia United/PA Classics/Pateadores/BW Gottschee Academy)