Seven Timbers Academy players announce commitment to college soccer programs

“This is a positive start for the Timbers Academy," said academy co-director Smith

Timbers Academy training, huddle, 9.20.12

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Photo by L.M. Parr

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Timbers Academy announced today that seven players from the Timbers U-18 Academy have committed to college soccer programs.

“This is a positive start for the Timbers Academy, just in its first year, and we are delighted for our players that have made commitments to play in college,” said Adam Smith, Timbers Academy director and U-18 head coach. “The Academy staff is working hard to try and help every player in our program achieve their goals and provide them with good options if they wish to play at the college level. As the Timbers Academy continues to grow and develop, it is our goal to have our program recognized as one that develops players for the next levels.”

Five of the seven players – all seniors – have committed to Division I programs, including Oregon State University, University of Washington and Gonzaga University.

Name

Class

Position

Hometown

College Commitment

Spencer Kleweno

Sr.

Forward

Portland, Ore.

Oregon State University

Hector Martinez

Sr.

Defender

Salem, Ore.

Chemeketa Community College

Kenton McGuire

Sr.

Midfielder

Vancouver, Wash.

U.S. Air Force Academy

Mitch North

Sr.

Goalkeeper

Medford, Ore.

Oregon State University

James Nosack

Sr.

Midfielder

Ridgefield, Wash.

University of Washington

Cody Street

Sr.

Defender

Beaverton, Ore.

Gonzaga University

Timur Zhividze

Sr.

Forward

Vancouver, Wash.

Concordia University