The Portland Timbers, Thorns FC and Oregon Youth Soccer Association (OYSA) have a new integrated and innovative youth development program, which has become the foundation of the state’s Olympic Development Program (ODP) and the Portland Timbers of MLS' youth academy. The program provides elite youth players advanced training and competitive opportunities throughout Oregon.
The Timbers and Thorns have established a 10-year partnership with Oregon Youth Soccer to help align and grow the game of soccer in Oregon and SW Washington. Two years into our relationship, Oregon Youth Soccer has the largest membership numbers in history as we work together to promote the growth of the game for players, coaches, referees and parents. For more information on OYSA and its programs, please click here.
The collaborative program between the Timbers, Thorns and OYSA provides the state with a nationally recognized boy’s and girl's ODP program as well as a top-flight academy system to develop home-grown talent. The new program is designed to coexist with youth clubs and share in player development, allowing players to stay connected to their local clubs.
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