Will Inaelien, Timbers Academy, 8.31.16
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Academy Update | Timbers U-18's forward Will Inaelien called up to U.S. youth national team

The Timbers U-16 and U-18 Academy sides returned to league play this weekend, facing Cascadia-rival Seattle Sounders FC’s U-16 and U-18 Academy teams on the road at Starfire Sports Complex.

The U-16s fell 1-0 to Seattle, losing in a tightly contested match, but the Timbers U-18s scored in the final minute of the match to defeat Sounders FC’s U-18 side 2-1. Alan McKinley opened the scoring for Portland’s U-18s, before Alan Cruz scored the game-winning header in the final minute of the match to give the Timbers a dramatic victory over Sounders FC.

Will Inaelien, leading goal scorer for the Timbers U-18 squad in 2017, has been called up to the U-18 U.S.  Men’s National Team, as part of the head coach Omid Namazi’s 28-man training camp roster.  The call up marks the U-18 USMNT’s initial training camp of 2017, featuring competitive matches at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.