The Portland Timbers held their first training session of the year at the team's Beaverton training facility this morning after a recovery day and day off on Monday and Tuesday. Practice was closed to the media today as the team started their quick turnaround before Saturday's away match in Colorado.
Peay and Tshuma Go on Loan
Peay and Tshuma Go on Loan
The news of the day was that both Taylor Peay and Schillo Tshuma are heading out on loan later today to the Orange County Blues (formerly the LA Blues). Peay and Tshuma both featured in Monday morning's match against the U.S. U-17s.
For Caleb Porter, the timing was right to send out the two rookies on loan.
Like any of the players that we have loaned out, it is a great opportunity for them to develop and get get games. We feel like those two guys have been here long enough that they have gotten some quality training. We are going to be on the road the next two weekends, so it made sense for them, because they wouldn't be traveling or dressing, to go and get some games in.
Once down in Los Angeles, the Timbers will keep an eye on the players development.
They will hopefully make a jump in the next few weeks and we will evaluate all the players out on loan, their situation, and whether or not we bring them back. How long we keep them there depends on how they do; it depends on what we are hearing from them in those environments.
Injuries and Absences
Pa Modou Kah warmed up with the team today before practice was closed to the press, the first time he has done so since a hamstring injury took him out of the Timbers' season opening draw against the Philadelphia Union. After practice today, Porter said that Kah was "one hundred percent."
Kalif Alhassan, Steven Evans, and Rodney Wallace all worked out with a trainer on the practice facility's secondary, turf field. Alhassan also picked up a knock against the Union, while Evans and Wallace are still working their way back from respective offseason surgeries.
Bryan Gallego, Jake Gleeson, and Aaron Long remain on loan with Sacramento Republic FC. Gleeson and Long each played 90' in Sacramento's 2-0 preseason loss to UC Davis on Sunday. Gallego played 90' in a scrimmage against Chico State last Saturday. The Republic take on LA Galaxy II when the USL Pro season kicks off on March 29th. The Republic will travel to play the OC Blues on April 12th, setting up a potential clash between the two groups of loaned out Timbers players.
Trialists and Guest Players
The Timbers had an extra goalie on hand today.
No word on his identity yet. the extra keeper was Jason Dodson, a former Timbers U-23s player.