A Look at the 2014 Timbers U-23s

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According to the PDL website the Timbers U-23s roster features a strong goalkeeping corps and a whole lot of midfielders, many of whom I'd expect will play a role on the defense this summer.

2014 Roster
Earl Edwards (UCLA); Justin Luthy (Boston College, '13), Brendan Moore (North Carolina)

DEFENDERS (5): Dennis Castillo (Virginia Commonwealth); Louis Cross (Akron); Kyle Fisher (Clemson); Evyn Hewett (San Diego St.); Will Seymore (Oregon St.)

MIDFIELDERS (12): Fatai Alashe (Michigan St.); Devon Fisher (Virginia Commonwealth); Jesse Garcia-Aguilar (Timbers Academy/Akron-signee); Zach Hamer (Gonzaga); Jacori Hayes (Wake Forest); Omar Holness (North Carolina); Foster Langsdorf (Timbers Academy/Stanford-signee); Nolan Moore (Louisville); Jose Ribas (Creighton); David "Matt" Rose (Point Loma Nazarene); Lucas Stauffer (Creighton); Ben Strong (Louisville)

FORWARDS (6): Miguel Aguilar (San Francisco); Kharlton Belmar (Virginia Commonwealth); Kenny Cunningham (Ohio State); Sam Gainford (Akron); Anthony Macchione (Timbers Academy/Akron-signee); Reed McKenna (UC-Santa Barbara)

More info on the roster...


Earl Edwards, GK, UCLA
Edwards (San Diego, Calif.) part of the U.S. National Team Residency Program until 2009, Edwards was a first team All-Pac-12 selection in 2013. As a redshirt junior, Edwards was named first team All-Far West and second team All-America. Played every minute of the 2013 season for the Bruins, posting a 12-3-5 record and a 1.13 goals against average. Played club for Nomads.

Justin Luthy, GK, Boston College (2012 Senior)
Luthy (Dublin, Ohio) is the all-time leader in wins at Boston College and posted 25 clean sheets with the Eagles. Has been training with the Timbers. Was once a member of the Crew Academy.

Brendan Moore, GK, North Carolina
Moore (Atlanta, Ga.) played club for Concorde Fire and was the only goalkeeper to see minutes for the Tar Heels in 2013. Moore posted a 9-6-5 record with 10 clean sheets and a 0.61 goals against average. As a junior, Moore was named second team All-ACC.


Dennis Castillo, D, Virginia Commonwealth
Castillo (San Jose, Costa Rica) was a first team All-Atlantic 10 selection as a sophomore and was also named first team All-Mid-Atlantic Region. Castillo, a PDL Player to Watch according to Top Drawer Soccer, scored six goals and added one assist in 2013. Castillo also notched six goals during his freshman season. Castillo has played with the Costa Rica U-18 and U-20 sides, while also playing club for Deportivo Saprissa.

Louis Cross, D, Akron
Cross (Lancashire, England) joined Akron out of Blackpool FC’s Academy system, before recording 13 starts in 17 matches for the Zips.

Kyle Fisher, D, Clemson
Fisher (Easley, S.C.) started all 21 of the Tigers’ matches as a sophomore and earned third team All-ACC and All-South honors. Scored two goals on the season, both game winners. Played club for Carolina Elite.

Evyn Hewett, D, San Diego State
Hewett (La Palma, Calif.) is a returning Timbers U-23 player and returns after his junior year with the Aztecs. A former SoCal Brigade club team member, Hewett played in 19 matches and started 14 for the Aztecs in 2013. Hewett recorded one assist in the fall.

Will Seymore, D, Oregon State
Seymore (Soham, England) played club for Soham Town Rangers and is a returning Timbers U-23 player. Netted two goals and added two assists in 19 starts as a Beaver in 2013, while earning All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention recognition as a junior.


Fatai Alashe, MF, Michigan State
Alashe (Northville, Mich.) played club soccer for Vardar Academy before joining the Spartans and earning Big Ten All-Freshman honors in 2011. Most recently, Alashe scored four goals and added two assists, while starting 22 games for Michigan State.

Devon Fisher, MF, Virginia Commonwealth
Fisher (Chesapeake, Va.) played club soccer for Beach FC after time with Chesapeake United Soccer Club Arsenal. Fisher earned second team All-Atlantic 10 honors along with third team All-Mid-Atlantic Region recognition as a sophomore. Fisher scored three goals along with one assist in 21 matches played for the Rams in 2013.

Jesse Garcia-Aguilar, MF, Portland Timbers Academy (Akron)
Garcia-Aguilar (Portland, Ore.) has two goals this academy season in 15 matches played for the Timbers. Garcia-Aguilar will join the Akron Zips in the fall.

Zach Hamer, MF, Gonzaga
Hamer (Spokane, Wash.) previously played for North Sound Seawolves in the PDL and played club for River City Steelers. Hamer started all 19 matches in 2013 for the Bulldogs and netted three goals. With six assists, Hamer led Gonzaga in the category in 2014. The 2013 WCC Player of the Year, Hamer has used up his collegiate eligibility.

Jacori Hayes, MF, Wake Forest
Hayes (Bowie, Md.) was an All-ACC Freshman Team selection in 2013 and is a member of the U.S. U-18 National Team. A former member of Baltimore Bays Chelsea club side, Hayes scored one goal in 18 games along with also recording an assist in the fall.

Omar Holness, MF, North Carolina
Holness (Kingston, Jamaica) was the captain of the Jamaica U-17 World Cup Team and recently vice captain of the U-20 Jamaica team that reached the final stages of World Cup qualifying in CONCACAF. Holness played in all 20 of the Tar Heels’ games in 2013, earning 17 starts, and scored two goals along with notching three assists. Holness is a PDL Player to Watch according to Top Drawer Soccer.

Foster Langsdorf, MF, Portland Timbers Academy (Stanford)
Langsdorf (Vancouver, Wash.) currently has one goal for the Timbers U-17/18 side in 2013-14. Langsdorf is set to join the Stanford Cardinal in the fall.

Nolan Moore, MF, Louisville
Moore (New Westminster, B.C.) is a former captain of the Vancouver Whitecaps’ U-19 side. Moore transferred to Louisville after two seasons at Cal Poly and as a junior played in 18 matches for the Cardinals. Moore netted two goals for Louisville in 2013.

Jose Ribas, MF, Creighton
Ribas (Guayaquil, Ecuador), a returning Timbers U-23, started 19 matches as a junior and netted one goal, while adding six assists. Ribas was an All-BIG EAST Second Team honoree in 2013. Played club for Barcelona Sporting Club.

Matt Rose, MF, Point Loma Nazarene
Rose (High Point, N.C.) transferred to Point Loma from North Carolina. Rose played club soccer for the Winston-Salem Twins.

Lucas Stauffer, MF, Creighton
Stauffer (Louisville, Ky.) graduated from Shattuck-St. Mary’s in 2013, where he also played for the Academy side. After graduating high school Stauffer tried his luck in Europe, before joining the Blue Jays in January. Stauffer is a member of the US Futsal National Team and became the youngest player in the program’s history in 2011.

Ben Strong, MF, Louisville
Strong (Mendham, N.J.) transferred to Louisville after two years at Virginia Tech. The former FC Copa Forza player has yet to see the field for the Cardinals.


Miguel Aguilar, F, San Francisco
Aguilar (Sacramento, Calif.) was a 2013 second team All-WCC selection with three goals in 16 games. Played club soccer for Capital Athletic Soccer Academy BOCA ’92.

Kharlton Belmar, F, Virginia Commonwealth
Belmar (Virginia Beach, Va.) was a first team All-Atlantic 10 selection as a junior, along with being named second team All-Mid-Atlantic Region. Belmar led the Rams with eight goals in 21 matches, while also dishing out a pair of assists. Belmar played club for Virginia Rush/AJ Auxerre Academy.

Kenny Cunningham, F, Ohio State
Cunningham (Brecksville, Ohio) earned 16 starts in 2013 and scored one goal. Played club soccer for Internationals SC.

Sam Gainford, F, Akron
Gainford (Whitehaven, England) is a Liverpool Academy product and used his true freshman season at Akron as a redshirt year.

Anthony Macchione, F. Portland Timbers Academy (Akron)
Macchione (Camas, Wash.) leads the Timbers Academy with 12 goals this season. Macchione will join Akron in the fall.

Reed McKenna, F, UC-Santa Barbara
McKenna (San Diego, Calif.) played his first season for the Gauchos in 2013 after transferring from UCLA. Finished with one goal and one assist as he appeared in all but one of UCSB’s games and earned six starts. Played club for San Diego Surf Academy.

UPDATE: The Timbers just officially released their U-23s roster and there are some slight differences than what was listed on the PDL website.

Head coach Jim Rilatt to lead talented roster, including four returning players

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Timbers U-23s today announced their season-opening roster for the 2014 United Soccer Leagues’ Premier Development League (PDL) campaign. Of the 24 players announced, 20 are newcomers to the Timbers U-23s program.

The Timbers U-23s open play against USL PRO side Arizona United SC in the second round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday at Providence Park; kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. (Pacific). Tickets, priced at $10, are available at or at the Providence Park box office. The Timbers U-23s open the 2014 PDL regular-season schedule on Thursday, May 15, as they play host to Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23s as part of a Providence Health & Fitness Day at Providence Park; kickoff is set for 11 a.m. (Pacific).

Under the guidance of head coach Jim Rilatt, the Timbers U-23s have added players representing 17 different colleges, including three each from University of North Carolina and Virginia Commonwealth University. The University of Akron, Creighton University and the University of Louisville are each represented by two players.

Returning to the Timbers U-23s for the 2014 season are defender Evyn Hewett (San Diego State), forward Reed McKenna (UC-Santa Barbara), midfielder Jose Ribas (Creighton University) and midfielder Will Seymore (Oregon State University). New additions to the squad include Miguel Aguilar (University of San Francisco), Fatai Alashe (Michigan State University), Kharlton Belmar (Virginia Commonwealth University), Dennis Castillo (Virginia Commonwealth University), Louis Cross (University of Akron), Kenny Cunningham (Ohio State University), Earl Edwards (UCLA), Devon Fisher (Virginia Commonwealth University), Kyle Fisher (Clemson), Sam Gainford (Akron), Zach Hamer (Gonzaga University), Jacori Hayes (Wake Forest University), Omar Holness (University of North Carolina, Justin Luthy (Boston College), Jordan McCrary (North Carolina), Brendan Moore (North Carolina), Nolan Moore (University of Louisville), Matt Rose (Point Loma Nazarene), Lucas Stauffer (Creighton University) and Ben Strong (Louisville).

Miguel Aguilar (Sacramento, Calif.) has recorded 11 goals in 53 career appearances for the University of San Francisco during three seasons. A three-time All-West Coast Conference second-team selection, Aguilar was co-leading scorer for the Dons in 2013 with three goals.

Fatai Alashe (Northville, Mich.) played his junior season at Michigan State University last fall and has appeared in 63 career matches for the Spartans, tallying six goals and six assists. In 2013, Alashe was named to the Big Ten All-Tournament team after helping Michigan State earn a berth in the NCAA tournament and was named the National Player of the Week on Oct. 1, 2013. As a sophomore in 2012, Alashe helped lead the Spartans to the Big Ten championship, assisting the winning goal in overtime.

Kharlton Belmar (Virginia Beach, Va.) finished his junior season at Virginia Commonwealth University as the team’s leading goal-scorer with eight goals, including three game-winners. An All-Atlantic 10 Conference first team selection and an All-Mid Atlantic Region second-team pick in 2013, Belmar has registered 14 goals and five assists in 55 career appearances for the Rams.

Dennis Castillo (San Jose, Costa Rica) was named an NSCAA All-Mid Atlantic Region first-team selection as a sophomore in 2013 and has registered 12 goals in 39 career appearances as a defender for the Rams. In 2012, Castillo earned All-Atlantic 10 second-team honors.

Louis Cross (Lancashire, England) was a key contributor to one of the better defensive units in the country in 2013 as a freshman at the University of Akron. A former member of the Blackpool FC academy in England, Cross made 17 appearances (13 starts) during his freshman season for the Zips.

Kenny Cunningham (Brecksville, Ohio) has scored six goals in 50 career matches across three seasons at Ohio State University. The 6-foot-2 forward earned Big Ten All-Freshman team honors in 2011 after registering two goals and two assists in 15 appearances. As a junior in 2013, Cunningham attempted 22 shots, ranking second among all Buckeyes players.

Earl Edwards (San Diego, Calif.) earned first-team All Pac-12 Conference honors as a junior, starting all 20 matches at goalkeeper for UCLA, making 73 saves and logging a 1.13 goals-against average while helping lead the Bruins to the third round of the NCAA tournament in 2013. Edwards posted seven shutouts to take his career tally to 11 and has compiled a 23-7-7 overall record in three seasons. He served as team captain for back-to-back seasons in 2012 and 2013.

Devon Fisher (Chesapeake, Va.) tallied three goals and one assist in 21 games as a sophomore in 2013, earning NSCAA All Mid-Atlantic Region third team honors for Virginia Commonwealth University. Following a redshirt season in 2011, Fisher tied for second among Rams players with six goals during the 2012 season.

Kyle Fisher (Easley, S.C.) started all 21 games for Clemson University during his sophomore season in 2013. A defender, Fisher helped the Tigers register eight shutouts, while also scoring two game-winning goals. Fisher has appeared in all 41 matches for the team since 2012, earning All-Atlantic Coast Conference third-team honors last season.

Sam Gainford (Whitehaven, England) was a member of the Liverpool Academy program before enrolling at the University of Akron in 2013. A member of the Liverpool Academy since he was 10 years old, Gainford featured for the club’s U-18 side as well as the Liverpool U-21 side in several NextGen Series matches.

Zach Hamer (Spokane, Wash.) joins the Timbers U-23s after recording one goal and two assists in 19 matches for Gonzaga University as a junior in 2013. Hamer, who earned West Coast Conference All-Academic honors in 2012, has scored four goals in 56 career matches for the Bulldogs.

Jacori Hayes (Bowie, Md.) joins the Timbers U-23 after his rookie season at Wake Forest University. Hayes scored one goal and tallied one assist in 18 matches as a midfielder for the Demon Deacons, earning Atlantic Coast Conference All-Freshman team honors. At the youth national team level, Hayes earned playing time with the U.S. U-18 National Team in 2012 and 2013.

Evyn Hewett (La Palma, Calif.) returns to the Timbers U-23s for a third consecutive season after playing his junior collegiate season with San Diego State University. Hewett has made 25 regular-season PDL appearances for the Timbers U-23s since 2012 and has played in 49 matches for the Aztecs in three seasons, recording two goals and five assists.

Omar Holness (Kingston, Jamaica) appeared in all 20 matches, recording two goals and three assists for the University of North Carolina during his freshman season in 2013. Holness has gained extensive youth national team experience with Jamaica. A member of the Jamaica U-17 National Team squad that qualified for the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup, Holness captained the side in group-stage matches against Japan, Argentina and France. In 2013, Holness was named to Jamaica’s roster for the CONCACAF U-20 Championship, scoring a goal in a 4-1 win over Puerto Rico in the opening group-stage match on Feb. 19, 2013, in Puebla, Mexico.

Justin Luthy (Dublin, Ohio) graduated from Boston College in 2013 after concluding his collegiate career with 80 appearances in goal for the Eagles. Luthy finished his time at Boston College as the program’s all-time career leader in wins (43) and minutes played (7,400), while ranking second all-time in shutouts (25), fourth in saves (301) and logging a 43-25-11 career record and a 1.06 goals-against average.

Jordan McCrary (Marietta, Ga.) featured in 19 matches the University of North Carolina, aiding a defense that ranked sixth in the nation with a 0.61 goals-against average, allowing just 13 goals in 20 games and logging 10 shutouts. Representing the United States at the U-17 level, McCrary was called into the U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team in 2012.

Reed McKenna (San Diego, Calif.) returns to the Timbers U-23s for a second straight season in 2014. Playing his first two college seasons at UCLA, McKenna joined UC-Santa Barbara in 2013 and appeared in 20 matches (6 starts) while recording one goal and one assist.

Brendan Moore (Atlanta) played his junior season at the University of North Carolina last fall and recorded 10 shutouts in 20 matches for the Tar Heels. Starting every match of the season as the team’s first-choice goalkeeper, Moore stopped 54 shots while helping lead UNC to the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Nolan Moore (New Westminster, B.C.) joined the University of Louisville in 2013 after two season with Cal Poly. Moore recorded two goals in 18 matches for the Cardinals, helping the team reach the second round of the NCAA tournament. Moore made 27 appearances in two years at Cal Poly.

Jose Ribas (Guayaquil, Ecuador) returns to the Timbers U-23s after playing his junior season at Creighton University in 2013. Ribas started 19 matches for the Bluejays, recording a team-high six assists while earning All-BIG EAST second-team honors. Ribas appeared in 14 games for the Timbers U-23s during the 2013 PDL season, tallying one goal.

Matt Rose (High Point, N.C.) will play the 2014 college season at Point Loma Nazarene University after transferring from the University of North Carolina, where he was a member of the men’s soccer team for three years. Rose appeared in 19 matches (17) starts as a freshman in 2009 for the Tar Heels. He redshirted the 2010 season.

Will Seymore (Soham, England) returns to the Timbers U-23s for a third season in 2014 following his junior season at Oregon State University. Seymore finished third on Beavers with six points (2g, 2a), while appearing in all 19 matches for Oregon State in 2013.

Lucas Stauffer (Owensboro, Ky.) is committed to play collegiately at Creighton for the 2014 season after playing for Danish club Vejle Boldklub’s Under-19 side in Denmark. Stauffer has been a member of the U.S. National Futsal Team since 2011 and was a member of the team’s roster for the 2012 CONCACAF Futsal Championship.

Midfielder Ben Strong (Mendham, N.J.) played two years at Virginia Tech before transferring to Louisville, where he didn’t play during 2013 season. Strong started 39 games during two seasons with Virginia Tech, recording two goals and three assists. He led all field players in minutes played (1,770) during his freshman year in 2011, earning Rookie of the Year honors for the Hokies.

2014 Portland Timbers U-23s Roster





Aguilar, Miguel


Sacramento, Calif.

University of San Francisco

Alashe, Fatai


Northville, Mich.

Michigan State University

Belmar, Kharlton


Virginia Beach, Va.

Virginia Commonwealth Univ.

Castillo, Dennis


San Jose, Costa Rica

Virginia Commonwealth Univ.

Cross, Louis


Lancashire, England

University of Akron

Cunningham, Kenny


Brecksville, Ohio

Ohio State University

Edwards, Earl


San Diego, Calif.


Fisher, Devon


Chesapeake, Va.

Virginia Commonwealth Univ.

Fisher, Kyle


Easley, S.C.

Clemson University

Gainford, Sam


Whitehaven, England

University of Akron

Hamer, Zach


Spokane, Wash.

Gonzaga University

Hayes, Jacori


Bowie, Md.

Wake Forest University

Hewett, Evyn


La Palma, Calif.

San Diego State Univ.

Holness, Omar


Kingston, Jamaica

Univ. of North Carolina

Luthy, Justin


Dublin, Ohio

Boston College

McCrary, Jordan


Marietta, Ga.

Univ. of North Carolina

McKenna, Reed


San Diego, Calif.

UC-Santa Barbara

Moore, Brendan


Atlanta, Ga.

Univ. of North Carolina

Moore, Nolan


New Westminster, B.C.

University of Louisville

Ribas, Jose


Guayaquil, Ecuador

Creighton University

Rose, Matt


High Point, N.C.

Point Loma Nazarene

Seymore, Will


Soham, England

Oregon State University

Stauffer, Lucas


Owensboro, Ky.

Creighton University

Strong, Ben


Mendham, N.J.

University of Louisville


The Portland Timbers U-23s are 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, five Timbers U-23s players have signed with the first team, including goalkeeper Jake Gleeson and Timbers Homegrown Players Steven Evans and Bryan Gallego. 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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