Olympic Development Program (ODP)

Portland Timbers/OYSA ODP Development Academy Mission Statement

The Olympic Development Program (ODP) is a national program which is designed to identify and develop talented, committed youth soccer players to represent their state, region, and country in soccer competitions.  It is also intended to prepare and showcase the players as student/athletes for exposure to professional and collegiate soccer programs.  It is clear that the Portland Timbers and Oregon Youth Soccer Association (“OYSA”) ODP program have similar objectives for the Elite Player in their geographical area and will work together to achieve this mission.

2016 Friendship Cup Rosters

Boys ODP Roster

Girls ODP Roster


2016 Idaho ODP Friendlies

Idaho ODP Friendly Information

Idaho ODP Friendly Promissory Note


2016-17 Thorns Academy Rosters

U15s (2001/2002s)
U17s (1999/2000s)

Please contact Brittney Elsensohn at belsensohn@timbers.com with your response. 

2016-17 Thorns Academy Information
Coaching Staff

2016-17 ODP Tryouts

Boys Girls
Boys ODP Tryouts (2000-2002) Girls ODP Tryouts (2000-2002)
Register for Tryouts Register for Tryouts

Waiver Form

Through a collaborative effort between the Portland Timbers, Portland Thorns FC and OYSA ODP Program, Oregon will have a nationally recognized ODP program and the Portland Timbers MLS franchise with a cutting-edge youth development and academy system.  In addition, this will provide an integrated pathway to developing necessary home-grown talent to support MLS objectives and lessen the future cost for the organization identifying and paying for players from outside the market and even the country.

2016 ODP Paperwork
Promissory Note 
Scholarship Form
Code of Conduct
Medical Release
Medical History
Player Profile
Publication Release

ODP 2015-16

Boys ODP Girls ODP
1999/00 Boys ODP State Pool 2000 Girls ODP State Pool
2001 Boys ODP State Pool 2001 Girls ODP State Pool
2002 Boys ODP State Pool 2002 Girls ODP State Pool
2003 Boys ODP State Pool 2003 Girls ODP State Pool
2004 Boys ODP State Pool 2004 Girls ODP State Pool
Boys ODP Spring Schedule Girls ODP Spring Schedule
Boys ODP Information Girls ODP Information
Boys Coaching Staff Girls Coaching Staff


The principal Portland Timbers/PortlandThorns FC/OYSA ODP mission is to identify, evaluate, and provide more consistent training opportunities for the elite male youth soccer players in Oregon.  As part of the national effort, the Portland Timbers/Portland Thorns FC/OYSA ODP program is dedicated to developing the highest level of youth soccer in the state and Portland Timbers homegrown territory.  This objective will be achieved in an atmosphere of integrity, fairness, and impartiality.  The player's talent with a ball, their physical and cognitive skills, together with their attitude will be the criteria for entry into the program.  In developing this collaborative program, both entities will ensure that the procedures will not conflict with any current United States Youth Soccer (USYS),United States Soccer Federation (USSF) policies or any NCAA eligibility rules for college entry.

There are inherent secondary objectives too:

  • To evaluate and select players regionally in each ODP/Pre Academy age group that will train and then be evaluated to select a state pool of players from which state team players are then identified and state Timbers-Thorns-ODP teams formed.
  • To advance the soccer skills and knowledge of players and coaches in each Timbers-Thorns-ODP age group, to send back to their club teams to share and develop.
  • To provide appropriate competition for state Timbers-Thorns-ODP teams in each age group.

While individual leagues or districts may have additional objectives for their local programs, those objectives will not adversely affect the success of the Timbers-Thorns-ODP Academy. In fact, they will complement one another. 

ODP participation does not mean that the players cannot participate on their club team.  On the contrary, Timbers-Thorns-ODP participation, whether at the pool, state, regional, or national level, is concurrent with club team participation.  A mutually agreed upon training calendar will be implemented.  Participation at this elite level provides many advantages for the clubs too, such as exposure.  The advantages of player development outweigh any conflicts this might pose and indeed criteria will be produced to protect the club from poaching or recruiting within the soccer year.

Idaho ODP Friendly Promissory Note