Timbers Academy vs. Seattle, 10.8.16
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Academy Update | U-16s, U-18s return to action following winter break

Playing in their first league games since Dec. 5, the Timbers U-16 and U-18 Academy teams returned to action this past weekend, taking on the FC Golden State and the LA Galaxy U-16 and U-18 Academy teams on the road. In their opening match of the weekend, the Timbers U-16 side fell to FC Golden State 1-0 on Saturday, before falling 3-0 to the LA Galaxy U-16s on Sunday. The U-18s opened the weekend in convincing fashion, defeating FC Golden State’s U-18s 4-0 on the road, as four different players scored in the win. Leading the way for the U-18s, Lucas Cini, Wilterlynd Inalien, Jacob Montes and Jose Perez each found the back of the net. In their final match of the weekend, the Timbers U-18s battled the LA Galaxy U-18s to a 2-2 draw, with Jacob Montes tallying a brace.

Jeremy Ebobisse, the Timbers’ fourth overall pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft was one of 24 players called up by U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team head coach Tab Ramos for the team’s January Camp in Carson, Calif. Taking place from Jan. 15-23, the camp is being held at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center and marks the first official gathering for the U-20 MNT in 2017.

Additionally, Timbers Academy goalkeeper Kash Oladopo was named to the U.S. U-15 Boys National Team’s 24-player roster for the side’s first domestic training camp of the year at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. During the camp, the U.S. U-15 BNT will play against Club Tijuana Xolos de Caliente’s U-17 team on Jan. 9.

The Timbers ODP 2000/01 team won the Olympic Development Program (ODP) Region IV championship the weekend of Jan. 7-8 down in Phoenix, AZ. The Oregon team defeated Cal South, 1-0, behind a goal from Zach Velasco as the team claimed Oregon's first championship in this event at this level. As a result, the team advances to the 2017 U.S. Youth Soccer ODP Championships in March.