The Portland Timbers U23s will kick off a four match homestand today, facing Calgary Foothills (1-1-3, 6pts) at Tigard High School at 2:00pm.
The U23s (2-1-1, 7pts) currently sit tied for second place with Sounders U23s in the PDL's Northwest Division, 5 points behind the front-running Kitsap Pumas.
Calgary comes into the match off three straight draws to Sounders U23s, Timbers U23s, and Lane United, while the U23s are winless in their last two (2-1 loss to Kitsap, 1-1 draw with Calgary) after winning their first two matches of the season against Lane United (2-0 on May 14) and Washington Crossfire (3-2 on May 19).
Currently leading the U23s in scoring is defender Benjamin White with 2 goals, while forward Ivan Alvarado, defender Dennis Castillo, midfielder James Moberg, and forward Todd Wharton have all scored 1 goal apiece. Timbers Academy product Collin Partee (1-1-1) has backstopped the U23s in three matches, making 10 saves from 23 shots faced and a goals against average of 1.00.
This next stretch of matches will prove interesting for the U23s, as they further integrate more players into their roster following the end of spring term at most state college and universities, with several Academy products coming in from Akron, including midfielder Jesse Aguilar-Garcia, defender Niko de Vera, and forward Anthony Macchione, bringing an influx of NCAA Division 1 talent into the fold.
Following today's match, the U23s will host Washington Crossfire on Saturday at Delta Park, Puget Sound Gunners on June 19th at Buckman Field, and close out their home season against Sounders U23s at McKenzie Stadium on June 21, which is part of a doubleheader with Vancouver Victory of the Evergreen Premier League. The U23s will then close out their regular season schedule with four straight matches on the road, with hopes on once again making the PDL Playoffs and a chance at a berth in the U.S. Open Cup.