Timbers U-23s announce 2012 PDL Schedule

Team’s home schedule to feature third-annual Health & Fitness School Days

Bim Ogunyemi, U-23s vs. Seawolves, 5.25.11

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Photo by Miranda Chrislock

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Portland Timbers U-23s open their fourth Premier Development League (PDL) season on Friday, May 11, as they play host to the Fraser Valley Mariners at JELD-WEN Field, it was announced today as United Soccer Leagues unveiled the 2012 PDL regular-season schedule.

The Timbers U-23s, the development team for the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer, will play a 16-game, regular-season schedule against Northwest Division opponents. In addition, the Timbers U-23s will compete in their first Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup tournament in 2012, set to enter in the first round as one of 16 automatic qualifiers from the PDL based upon 2011 regular-season standings. Details regarding the Timbers U-23s’ participation in the U.S. Open Cup will be announced at a later date.

Highlighting the Timbers U-23s’ home schedule are the team’s third-annual Health & Fitness School Days, presented by Providence Health & Services, at JELD-WEN Field. The Timbers U-23s will play host to the Kitsap Pumas and Vancouver Whitecaps FC in special day games on Thursday, May 24 and Friday, June 1, respectively. Featuring a host of activities, including a pre-game assembly, the school-day matches kick off at 11 a.m.

Led by head coach Jim Rilatt, who enters his fourth season at the helm, the Timbers U-23s will split their 2012 home schedule between JELD-WEN Field and other venues throughout the greater-Portland area.

In addition to playing each division opponent once at home and once on the road, Portland will take on both Kitsap and Washington Crossfire a third time throughout the season. The Timbers U-23s wrap up their 2012 regular season Wednesday, July 11 on the road against Washington.

2012 Timbers U-23s Regular Season Home Schedule

Date Home Away Venue/Result
Fri., May 11
7:00 pm PT
Timbers U-23s Fraser Valley Mariners JELD-WEN Field

Tues, May 15
TBD

Timbers U-23s U.S. Open Cup Match

TBD

Sat., May 19
7:00 pm PT
Timbers U-23s Victoria Highlanders Alder Creek Middle School
Thurs., May 24
11:00 am PT
Timbers U-23s Kitsap Pumas JELD-WEN Field
Fri., June 1
11:00 am PT
Timbers U-23s Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23 JELD-WEN Field
Sun., June 17
5:00 pm PT
Timbers U-23s North Sound SeaWolves Sherwood High School Main
Fri., June 22
7:30 pm PT
Timbers U-23s Sounders FC U-23s Kiggins Bowl
Fri., July 6
7:00 pm PT
Timbers U-23s Washington Crossfire Doc Harris High School
Sun., July 8
6:00 pm PT
Timbers U-23s Kitsap Pumas Hare Field Hillsboro High School

 

ABOUT PORTLAND TIMBERS U-23s

Founded Nov. 11, 2008, the Timbers U-23s is 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. Since its founding, three Timbers U-23s players have signed with the first team, including midfielder Freddie Braun, goalkeeper Jake Gleeson and forward Brent Richards, who became the Timbers’ first Homegrown Player in 2012. 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.