The Portland Timbers' USL side, Portland Timbers 2, will take on the Vancouver Whitecaps 2 tonight at Merlo Field in their home opener after playing away at Swope Park Rangers to kick off the 2016 season last weekend.
With a side full of promising youngsters and youth internationals, most of whom are still new to the Timbers' system, T2 will be an interesting experiment in its second year of existence. According to T2 head coach Andrew Gregor, the goal for the side is to identify and prepare players for the Timbers' first team while giving them time to develop into potential contributors.
Tonight will be a good chance to get a look at some of those potential future first teamers as T2 will have their full roster available for this match -- something that was not necessarily true in their first match as a handful of players did not travel with the team, instead staying in Portland to scrimmage with the first team.
Watch it on: Streaming on Timbers.com
Kickoff: 7:00 p.m. PT at Merlo Field in Portland, OR
Portland Timbers 2: 0-1-0
Vancouver Whitecaps 2: 1-0-0