ABOUT PORTLAND TIMBERS U-23s
Founded Nov. 11, 2008, the Portland Timbers U-23s are an amateur team affiliated with the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer and serve as a development platform for the club's first team and USL side, T2. 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, while T2 features former Timbers U-23s standout forward and 2015 USL Rookie of the Year Kharlton Belmar. 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.
ABOUT PREMIER DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE
The top developmental men’s league in North American, the PDL features 65 teams within four conferences across the United States, Canada and the Caribbean divided into 10 regional divisions. The PDL season consists of 16 regular season matches for each team, eight home and eight away, and provides elite collegiate players the opportunity to taste a higher level of competition while maintaining their eligibility. In addition to league play, PDL teams compete in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as various exhibitions. The PDL has proven to be an important stepping-stone for top professionals now playing throughout the world. For more on the PDL, visit www.uslpdl.com. Follow the PDL on Twitter at @USLPDL.