Player Details


Ben Zemanski


5' 11"


150 lbs

Date of Birth

5.12.1988 (36)


Akron, OH United States


Career Summary

Zemanski was acquired in a preseason trade with Chivas USA on Feb. 13, 2013, in exchange for allocation money and the right of first refusal to defender Jonathan Bornstein. The midfielder made 72 appearances over three seasons with Chivas USA (2010-2012), tallying two goals and seven assists. An Akron native, Zemanski will be reunited with college coach Caleb Porter for the Timbers’ 2013 season.

ACQUIRED: Acquired Feb. 13, 2013, from Chivas USA in exchange for allocation money and the right of first refusal to Jonathan Bornstein.

2017: Played 75 minutes for T2 in the team’s 1-0 loss to Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 on June 4 ... Played 55 minutes in the T2’s 3-1 loss against Tulsa on May 27 ... Played 45 minutes for T2 at OKC Energy FC on May 24 ... Made his first appearance of the season, playing 51 minutes in a 1-0 win against the Galaxy.

2016: Appeared in 16 of the team’s 34 regular-season matches (11 starts) ... Started in nine consecutive games (May 15-July 13), playing 90 minutes in eight of those nine fixtures ... Recorded an assist in a 4-2 win against Vancouver on May 22.

2015: Sustained a ruptured ACL in his right knee during a preseason match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Feb 22 ... Underwent successful surgery and will miss at least five months. 

2014:  Made seven starts in 13 appearances during the 2014 season ... Registered a goal and an assist in three appearances (three starts) in CONCACAF Champions League play ... Made his CONCACAF Champions League debut as a starter in a 4-1 win over Alpha United FC on Aug. 19.

2013: Appeared in 25 matches (9 starts) during the regular season, scoring one goal and registering two assists ... Logged an assist in his Timbers debut March 9, playing the second half against Montreal at JELD-WEN Field ... Tallied his first goal since the 2011 campaign on June 8 in a 2-2 road draw at Chicago; his strike was nominated for MLS Goal of the Week for Week 15 ... Tied for the club lead with 16 substitute appearances during the regular season ... Started back-to-back matches at right back March 16-30 ... Played in three matches during the club's run to the semifinal of the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup - the deepest run in club history ... Started and played all 90 minutes in each of the club's third- and fourth-round matches in the U.S. Open Cup against the Wilmington Hammerheads (USL PRO) and Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL) ... Played 16 minutes as a sub, seeing out a 3-2 win against FC Dallas in the quarterfinal of the U.S. Open Cup on June 26 ... Started and played 45 minutes in a friendly against Mexico's Monarcas Morelia at on July 3 at JELD-WEN Field, helping the club claim the inaugural Copa Verde ... Featured and played 63 minutes of a 1-0 win over the EPL's Norwich City FC in a friendly July 24 at JELD-WEN Field ... Played in two games, both substitute appearances, during the club's run in the 2013 MLS Cup Playoffs, playing 25 total minutes during the Western Conference Semifinals series against Seattle Sounders FC ... Started all eight of his appearances with the Timbers Reserves during in the MLS Reserve League ... Assisted on the team's lone goal in a road loss to the Chivas USA Reserves on Sept. 15.

2012: Made 22 league appearances with the Chivas USA, including 18 starts… Missed nearly two months from mid-April to mid-June due to a knee injury … Notched two assists, including one on the game-winning goal in a 1-0 victory over the Portland Timbers on July 28 at JELD-WEN Field.

2011: Appeared in career-high 28 games for Chivas USA, making 23 starts … Finished sixth on the team in minutes played, logging 2,056 minutes … Tallied two goals and four assists for the Rojiblancos, both career-highs … Scored first MLS goal in the 84th minute of the season opener March 19, a 3-2 loss to Sporting Kansas City … Assisted on opening goal by Nick Labrocca in Chivas USA’s 3-0 win over FC Dallas April 30 … Came on as a second-half substitute in a July meeting against the San Jose Earthquakes and scored the game-winner in the 64th minute of a 2-0 win.

2010: Drafted in the third round (47th overall) by Chivas USA in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft … Appeared in 22 games, including 17 starts as a rookie … Made first MLS appearance April 17, coming on as a substitute against Houston … Made first MLS start the following week against San Jose, playing all 90 minutes … Notched first MLS assist in 3-1 win over Columbus on July 31.

COLLEGE: Was a four-year starter at the University of Akron (2006-2009) under current Timbers head coach Caleb Porter … Played alongside current Timbers midfielder Darlington Nagbe from 2008-2009 … Tallied nine goals and 14 assists for the Zips … One of 10 finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award in 2009 … Named to the all Mid-American Conference Second Team as a junior and senior (2008-2009) … Named Zips Newcomer of the Year in 2006 … Helped lead the Zips to Mid-American Conference regular season titles as well as NCAA Tournament all four years at the school … Also helped team to three-straight conference tournament titles from 2007-2009

PERSONAL: Pronounced “Zuh-MAN-skee” … Attended Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio … Was named 2005 National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-American … Also named to Division II All-Ohio first team … … Majored in mechanical engineering at Akron … Comes from soccer family, as his father, Dan, played collegiately at North Carolina and Pittsburgh.