Portland Thorns FC Academy Teams at U14, U15, U17 and U19
On being accepted to the new US Soccer Girls Development Academy League, Portland Thorns FC was mandated to form teams at U14, U15, U17 & U19. For the inaugural season in 2017-18, these age groups will comprise of players born in 2004 & 2005 (U14), 2003 (U15), 2001 & 2002 (U17) as well as 1999 & 2000 (U19). US Soccer recommends that clubs play players up an age group for experience when deemed developmentally appropriate. Tryouts will occur in May and the U14, U15, U17 and U19 Academy Teams will begin training in June. Their league games will begin in September 2017, launching the inaugural GDA season.
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The Portland Thorns FC intends to challenge all players in their system and push players to the next level. Each team will be involved in at least one US Development Academy Showcase, which will have the highest number of college coaches in attendance, as well as all the youth national team coaches.