The Portland Timbers Thorns FC and Oregon Youth Soccer Association (OYSA) have a new integrated and innovative youth development program, which has become the foundation of the state’s Olympic Development Program (ODP) and the Portland Timbers of MLS' youth academy. The program provides elite youth players advanced training and competitive opportunities throughout Oregon.
The collaborative program between the Timbers, Thorns and OYSA provides the state with a nationally recognized boy’s and girl's ODP program as well as a top-flight academy system to develop home-grown talent. The new program is designed to coexist with youth clubs and share in player development, allowing players to stay connected to their local clubs.
The Portland Timbers and Thorns FC are also excited to begin running competitive leagues and tournaments in conjunction with Oregon Youth Soccer. For more information or to sign your team up, please click here.
Portland Timbers U9 & U10 Player Development Program (PDP)
For the first time, the Portland Timbers are working to provide extra training opportunities for U9 Boys, U9 Girls, U10 Boys and U10 Girls. We realize that these ages are crucial to the development of skills and awareness, and the more time spent with a ball, the better. The Timbers staff will work with an enhanced curriculum, exposing the players to different technical skills and developing their soccer intelligence by placing them in fun small sided situations where critical thinking and decision making is required.
These 4 groups will train separately, one night a week, for 6 weeks of the Fall season, from September 19 through October 24. Training will be on Friday evenings at PCC Rock Creek.