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AUGUST 7, 2010
Timbers U-23s are Premier Development League Champions!!
Timbers top Thunder Bay 4-1 to take North American title
On Saturday night at PGE Park, the Timbers U-23's achieved what has never occurred in the PDL before. The Timbers completed a perfect season as they topped the Thunder Bay Chill 4-1 on three second half goals.

The Timbers took an early lead on a Tracy Hasson header, but just before halftime, a mix-up between Hasson and Brock Granger allowed the Chill to equalize. But in the second half, league MVP would score on two headers, then Freddie Braun added a late penalty kick for the 4-1 final.

With the victory, the Timbers finish the season with a perfect 20-0-0 record in only their second season. The Timbers also did not allow more than one goal in any match this season.

In the Consolation final earlier in the day, the Baton Rouge Capitals defeated Reading United AC 4-2 in a shootout after a 2-2 regulation final.

Portland Timbers U-23 4:1 Thunder Bay Chill
SoccerCityUSA.com match report with 71 photos
08/07/10:Timbers U-23s make history with 2010 PDL title (Timbers website)
08/07/10: Chill fall short to Portland in PDL North American title (Chill website)
08/07/10:Timbers U-23 4, Thunder Bay 1: Portland is perfect: 20-0 and title (OregonLive)
08/07/10:Timbers win PDL crown (Portland Tribune)
08/07/10:Richards caps MVP season with MVP performance in final (The Columbian)
08/07/10:Timbers Under 23s Grab National Glory (Prost Amerika Soccer)
08/07/10:Chill's PDL title hopes cut down (Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal)
08/07/10:Seeing red (TBNewsWatchl)
08/07/10:Chill Have to Settle for Second Place (NetNewsLedger)
08/07/10:Perfect in Portland (Philly Soccer News)

Baton Rouge Capitals 2:2 (4-2 PKs) Reading United AC
SoccerCityUSA.com match report with 49 photos
08/07/10:Brave Hart saves the day in penalty shoot-out after 2-2 tie (Capitals website)
08/07/10:Capitals take consolation game on penalty kicks (Baton Rouge 2theadvocate)
08/07/10:United unable to finish in third-place game (Reading Eagle)
08/07/10:Reading AC loses third place game (Philly Soccer News)

AUGUST 6, 2010
Timbers U-23s and Thunder Bay advance to PDL Final
Portland tops Reading, Thunder Bay over Baton Rouge, both by 2-1 scores
It will be the two top seeds in the Premier Development League Championship as the #1 seed Portland Timbers U-23s and #2 seed Thunder Bay Chill both fought off tough opponents to reach the title match, which will be at 4:00pm Saturday at PGE Park, and televised live on Fox Soccer Channel. The consolation match will be played at PGE Park at 1:00pm, broadcast live on USLLive.com.

In the first match, a fairly even match would open up in with about fifteen minutes left when Chris Williams put Baton Rouge up 1-0 with a header goal off a corner kick. But only four minute later, Thunder Bay tied it up with a goal by Julius Abegar from the top of the Baton Rouge box, then two minutes later, Nolan Intermoia beat the Capitals keeper with a shot to the near post, and Thunder Bay will get to the league final for the second time in three years, having won the title in 2008.

In the second match, the Timbers took an early second half lead on a goal by Bim Oguyemi, but Reading would tie it up less than twenty minutes later on a goal by Levi Houapea. But only a minute later, it was Freddie Braun blasting in a goal from 20 yards out that held up for the 2-1 win.

Thunder Bay Chill 2:1 Baton Rouge Capitals
SoccerCityUSA.com match report with 32 photos
08/06/10:Chill Headed to PDL Championship Finals (Chill website)
08/06/10:Capitals go down fighting in 2-1 defeat to Chill (Capitals website)
08/06/10:Chill in familiar territory (Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal)
08/06/10:Thunder Bay’s late scores sink Capitals (Baton Rouge 2theadvocate)

Portland Timbers U-23s 2:1 Reading United AC
SoccerCityUSA.com match report with 37 photos
08/06/10:Timbers U-23s to play for PDL championship Saturday (Timbers website)
08/06/10:Perfect season, championship just a win away for Portland (OregonLive)
08/06/10:Timbers U23s one final step from perfection (Portland Tribune)
08/06/10:Timbers Kids Advance to National Final (Prost Amerika Soccer)
08/06/10:TIM-BER! Reading falls to Portland in semi (Philly Soccer News)

AUGUST 6, 2010
PDL Semifinals start today at 5:00pm at PGE Park

Photos from PDL Awards Ceremony held Friday morning at PGE Park

Most Valuable Player & Rookie of the Year
– Brent Richards, Portland Timbers U23s
Defender of the Year – Joe Tait, Baton Rouge Capitals
Coach of the Year – Jim Rilatt, Portland Timbers U23s
Goalkeeper of the Year – Ryan Meara, Ironbound Express

Friday, August 6

5:00 - #2 Thunder Bay Chill vs. #3 Baton Rouge Capitals
7:30 - #1 Portland Timbers U-23s vs. #4 Reading United AC

Saturday, August 7

1:00 - Semi-Final #1 Loser vs. Semi-Final #2 Loser
4:00 - Semi-Final #1 Winner vs. Semi-Final #2 Winner

Portland Timbers U23's
08/06/10:Timbers U-23s Rilatt, Richards earn PDL top honors (Timbers website)
08/06/10:Timbers Gear up for Second Trophy (Prost Amerika Soccer)
08/06/10:Camas' Brent Richards named league MVP (The Columbian)
08/06/10:Camas' Richards, Timbers U-23s in PDL final four (The Columbian)
08/05/10:Timbers U-23s begin PDL championship run Friday (Timbers website)
08/05/10:Portland Timbers U23 team hosts tournament as it closes in on perfect season (OregonLive)
Thunder Bay Chill
08/06/10:Chill seek second PDL championship (The Chronicle Journal)
08/05/10:Chill Head to Portland for Championship (NetNewsLedger)
Baton Rouge Capitals
08/06/10:Capitals set to begin play for PDL championship (2theadvocate)
Reading United AC
08/06/10:Reading United in semis (Reading Eagle)
08/06/10:Formidable Foes (Syracuse Athletics website)
United Soccer Leagues PDL News
08/06/10:2010 PDL Honors Announced (United Soccer Leagues PDL website)
08/05/10:PDL Championship Media Guide (United Soccer Leagues PDL website)
08/05/10:2010 PDL Championship Preview (United Soccer Leagues PDL website)
08/05/10:PDL Championship Media Guide (United Soccer Leagues PDL website)

AUGUST 5, 2010
PDL Final Four Team Previews
Reading United AC are in their fifteenth season, and their eighth in the Premier Development League. Known as the Reading Rage before this season, they played their first seven seasons at the D3 level, and made the playoffs during their first six seasons. Moving to the PDL in 2004, they struggled for their first few seasons there before returning to the playoffs in 2008, when they won the Mid-Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference playoff title, making it to the final four. In 2009 they once again won the Mid-Atlantic Division, but fell to Cary in the playoffs.

In 2010, Reading started off with a big win over Hampton Roads to start the season, and were undefeated in their first seven matches before hitting a two game slide in June, but only lost once more on the way to the playoffs, where they knocked off MPS Portland and then host Ottawa in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Four players shared the goal scoring lead for Reading, with Eric Corey Hertzog, Luke Mulholland, and Scharles Sapong, and William Schuler each scoring four goals, while Mulholland and Eric Detzel led the team with four assists each. Jeremy Vuolo was the regular keeper in net for Reading, with an 8-2-3 record and a .95 goals against average. Defender Matthew Hedges earned an All-League spot.

The Baton Rouge Capitals are in their fourth season, all of them in the PDL. 2010 is their first time appearing in the playoffs, and their first winning season in their history.

After starting out the 2010 season with a couple of draws, the Capitals were 7-0-1 over the next eight matches before losing twice to Mississippi in July. While Mississippi would win the division, they would fall in the first round of the playoffs to Houston, and the Capitals stepped up to get the final prize as they knocked off Houston in the Southern Conference Finals to earn the trip to Portland.

Ben Callon led the team with nine goals while Mark Anderson led the team with five assists. Four different goalkeepers played in net for the Capitals, with none playing in more than five matches, but it was Sandro Salvatore in net for the Conference Final win over Houston. Defender Joe Tait earned a spot on the All-League team.

The Thunder Bay Chill are in their eleventh season, all in the PDL, and are the only one of the final four to have won a league title, which they did in 2008. Winning the Heartland Division in 2007 earned them their first trip to the playoffs in their eighth season, but fell in the first round of the playoffs. Repeating their division title in 2008, they knocked off Colorado, Cleveland, and Kalamazoo on the way to the Conference title, then beat the Vancouver Whitecaps Residency 2-1 in the semifinals before knocking off host Loredo in penalty kicks in the PDL final for their first league title.

In 2010, Thunder Bay would play 9 of their first 12 on the road, but only dropped four points in those matches before finishing with four straight at home, where they surprisingly only won twice, and lost and drew as well. But when it came time to host the Central Conference Championship, they once again found their winning form and knocked of London and Michigan to claim the trip to Portland.

Forward Brandon Swartzendruber led the Chill, as well as the Premier Development League, in scoring with 15 goals as well as five assists. Teammate Gustavo Oliveira-Araujo de F also led the team and the league, but in assists, with 13 on the season, while Stephen Paterson was in goal for 13 of the 16 league games, with an impressive .69 goals against average.

The Portland Timbers U-23s are the newcomers in this group, in only their second season. In their debut season in 2009, the Timbers qualified for the playoffs but fell to Seattle in the first round.

The Timbers have not failed to get three points since that playoff loss last year, as they started off with a few hard-fought wins at home against Washington and Tacoma, but then ran off five straight shutout wins, including a season-defining 3-0 win over the Kitsap Pumas, who were expected to be the best team in the conference, if not the entire league. The Timbers would face the Pumas twice more, a 1-0 road win to end the season with a perfect 16-0-0 record, and then a 2-1 win in the Western Conference Final that punched their ticket to the final four, and a chance to return to PGE Park to host the Championship weekend.

Forward Brent Richards led the Timbers with 14 goals, second only to Thunder Bay’s Swartzendruber, and Freddie Braun led the team in assists with 8. Jacob Gleeson played nearly every match for the Timbers in goal, recording 14 wins and a league-leading .36 goals against average. Richards and Braun were both named to the All-League team.

AUGUST 4, 2010
PDL Final Four Weekend starts Friday
Timbers host Thunder Bay, Baton Rouge, and Reading in Premier Development League finals at PGE Park
It will be a weekend of champions at PGE Park this weekend, as the four conference winners from the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League will battle in the semifinals on Friday, with the championship and consolation matches to be played on Saturday. The final will be televised live on Fox Soccer Channel at 4pm Pacific on Saturday, with all of the other matches available live on USLLive.com.

The Portland Timbers U-23s are the hosts and the top seed after a perfect 16-0-0 regular season, and two 2-1 wins in the Western Conference finals in Bremerton, Washington. The Thunder Bay Chill, who are the only former champions in the group, having won the title in 2008, are the second seed and won the Heartland division and knocked off the Michigan Bucks in the Centeral Conference finals. The third seed are the Baton Rouge Capitals, who entered the playoffs as the second place team in the Southeast division, before knocking off Loredo and Houston in the Southern Conference finals. The fourth seed are the Reading United AC team, who won the Mid Atlantic division and already beat a team named Portland in the playoffs (MPS Portland Phoenix, from Portland, Maine) on their way to winning the Eastern Conference playoffs.

A more in-depth preview of the PDL Finals will be published on this site on Thursday and Friday, and full match reports for all four matches this weekend will appear here after each match.

Here is this weekend's schedule. All times are Pacific time.

Friday, August 6

5:00 - #2 Thunder Bay Chill vs. #3 Baton Rouge Capitals
7:30 - #1 Portland Timbers U-23s vs. #4 Reading United AC

Saturday, August 7

1:00 - Semi-Final #1 Loser vs. Semi-Final #2 Loser
4:00 - Semi-Final #1 Winner vs. Semi-Final #2 Winner

Portland Timbers U23's
08/04/10:Timbers U-23s Rilatt, Richards up for 2010 PDL awards (Timbers website)
08/03/10:Timbers U-23s' Richards, Braun named all-league (Timbers website)
08/02/10:Timbers U-23s announce additional details for PDL finals (Timbers website)
08/03/10:Timbers host Development League championship (OregonLive)
08/03/10:Timbers U-23s to face Reading in PDL semifinals (OregonLive)
Thunder Bay Chill
08/04/10:Swartzendruber named finalist for league's MVP award (TbNewsWatch)
08/03/10:PDL championship in Portland, Chill to play Baton Rouge (TbNewsWatch)
Baton Rouge Capitals
08/04/10:Capitals are “in it to win it” – Hayers, Callon (Baton Rouge Capitals website)
08/02/10:Portillo, Baton Rouge Capitals Advance to 2010 PDL Final Four (FGCU Eagles website)
08/02/10:BR Capitals advance to PDL's Final Four (2theadvocate)
Reading United AC
08/04/10:United will face top seed in PDL semifinals Friday (Reading Eagle)
08/03/10:Vuolo Helps Reading To PDL Final Four (Syracuse Athletics website)
08/02/10:Shorthanded Reading sweep into PDL Finals (Philly Soccer News)
08/01/10:Reading Stays United to Capture 2010 PDL Eastern Conference Title (Reading United website)
United Soccer Leagues PDL News
08/04/10:PDL Award Finalists Announced (United Soccer Leagues PDL website)
08/03/10:2010 PDL All-League Team Announce (United Soccer Leagues PDL website)
08/02/10:Schedule Set for 2010 PDL Championship (United Soccer Leagues PDL website)
08/02/10:PDL Finals Headed to Portland (United Soccer Leagues PDL website)
08/01/10:PDL Finals Headed to Portland (United Soccer Leagues PDL website)

AUGUST 1, 2010
Timbers U-23s Win Western Conference Final
A 2-1 win over Kitsap puts U-23s into Semifinals, to be held in Portland next weekend
The Timbers U-23s accomplished something that is always a difficult take, beating a team three times in the same season. And the team they beat, the Kitsap Pumas, are likely the second best team in the Premier Development League. But the Timbers did achieve that task as they completed a season sweep of the Pumas with a 2-1 win over their Northwest division rivals in the Western Conference Final, which was held on Kitsap's home field in Bremerton, Washington.

The Timbers took the lead in the first half when Brian Ramsey's shot from just inside the top of the Pumas box amazingly slipped through the legs of Kitsap goalkeeper Dustyn Brim, and the Timbers had the 1-0 lead. Kitsap would rally to level the score just before the half when Jamel Wallace found Mark Lee in front of the net, and the Pumas striker finished with a one-timer, and the score was level at 1-1 at the half.

The Timbers controlled almost the entire second half and had several good chances, but the pressure finally paid off in the 82nd minute off a Roberto Farfan corner kick that curled in and had to be saved by Brim, with Richard Abrego heading in the rebound for the 2-1 lead, which the Timbers would maintain with good ball control through four minutes of stoppage time.

The United Soccer Leagues have announced that the final four will be held in Portland this Friday and Saturday, with the Timbers hosting the Eastern Conference Champion Reading United on Friday (likely at 7pm) and Central Conference Champion Thunder Bay Chill against the Southern Conference’s Baton Rouge Capitals likely to be earlier that afternoon. The games will be at PGE Park and the final will be held Saturday at 4pm.

A full match report will be posted on Monday.

SoccerCityUSA.com match report with 41 photos
08/01/10:Timbers U-23s play host to PDL Championship Aug. 6-7 (Timbers website)
08/01/10:Timbers U-23s capture Western Conference title (Timbers website)
08/02/10:Pumas Felled by Timbers in League Quarterfinals (Kitsap website)
08/01/10:PDL Conference Playoff Recap (The Soccer Barn)
08/01/10:Portland Timbers U23 Edge Pumas 2-1 to Claim Title (Prost Amerika Soccer)
08/01/10:Pumas Run Out of Gas in Playoffs (Kitsap Sun)

JULY 31, 2010
Timbers U-23s advance to Conference final
A rally from a 1-0 deficit to a 2-1 win means a rematch with Kitsap on Sunday
The Timbers U-23s opened their 2010 playoffs on Saturday as they traveled north to Bremerton, Washington to take on the second seed from the Southwest division in the Hollywood United Hitmen. The Hitmen feature former (Division two) Timbers Edwin Miranda and finished with a record of 10-3-3 on the season. Hollywood United would take an early lead they held until the second half, when the Timbers would score twice inside three minutes on goals by Freddie Braun and Steven Evans and held on for the 2-1 win.

The Timbers U-23's will face the Kitsap Pumas in the final, who defeated the defending champions Ventura County Fusion in penalty kicks. That match will take place at 5:00pm on Sunday. The Timbers were the only team to beat Kitsap this season, defeating them 3-0 in Hillsboro, and 1-0 at Kitsap, which is the only home loss for the Pumas in two years.

It was also announced this week that goalkeeper Jake Gleeson earned the title of 2010 PDL goals-against-average champion with a league-best average of 0.36 goals against per match. Congratulations to Jake!

Make sure you check out Gerald Barnhart's excellent history lesson about the significance of the Timbers U-23s 16-0-0 season at The Soccer Barn (link below).

SoccerCityUSA.com match report with 38 photos
07/31/10:Timbers U-23s to play for conference title Sunday (Timbers website)
07/31/10:Pumas Beat Ventura, Advance in Playoffs (Kitsap Sun)
07/29/10:History at Forefront of PDL Playoffs (The Soccer Barn)
07/30/10:Timbers U-23s face Hitmen in conference playoffs (Timbers website)
07/30/10:Insider: Timbers U-23s Brent Richards talks playoffs (Timbers website)
07/29/10:Timbers U-23s Gleeson earns statistical award (Timbers website)
07/26/10:Timbers U-23s set for 2010 PDL playoff run (Timbers website)
07/30/10:2010 PDL Playoffs Set to Kick Off (United Soccer Leagues website)
07/30/10:Four Teams, One Goal (Kitsap Sun)

JULY 24, 2010
Timbers play Hollywood United in Western Conference Semifinals next weekend
The Timbers U-23s will travel to Bremerton, Washington next weekend to take part in the Western Conference Finals. The Timbers will face Southwest division runner-up Hollywood United Hitmen on Saturday at 1:30pm, a team that features former Timbers midfielder Edwin Miranda.

The late game on Saturday will feature the Kitsap Pumas hosting the defending league champion Ventura County Fusion, with the winners playing on Sunday at 5pm.

Also, Freddie Braun was named to the league team of the week. Congratulations to Freddie!

07/21/10:Timbers U-23s' Braun named to Team of the Week (Timbers website)

JULY 18, 2010
Sweet 16(-0-0)!!
Timbers complete perfect regular season with 1-0 win in Kitsap
The Portland Timbers U-23s completed a perfect unbeaten and untied season on Sunday as they defeated the Kitsap Pumas 1-0 on a goal by Brian Ramsey. The Timbers also defeated the Victoria Highlanders 4-1 on Saturday on the road with Brent Richards scoring twice, and Freddie Braun and Matt Drake also scoring.

The Timbers are the first PDL team to complete a perfect regular season since the Jackson Chargers went 16-0-0 in 1998. In a complicated playoff format that year, Jackson lost in the regional finals but advanced to the PDL Championship, where they once again lost. The 1994 Minnesota Thunder also completed their PDL regular season with a perfect record at 18-0-0, and also lost twice in a complicated playoff format, including the Championship match.

The Timbers U-23's now wait for the Western Conference finals, which will be a four-team tournament with the host determined by a bid. The Western Conference finals will take place the weekend of July 30-August 1.

07/18/10:Timbers U-23s finish regular season with perfect record (Timbers website)
07/18/10:Pumas Can't Fell Perfect Portland Timbers (Kitsap Sun)
07/18/10:Timbers U-23s open road trip with win over Victoria (Timbers website)
07/17/10:Timbers Too Much for Highlanders FC (Highlanders website)
07/17/10:Playoff hopes quashed as Highlanders lose to Portland (Times Colonist)

JULY 11, 2010
Timbers clinch division title with 3-1 win over Vancouver
The Timbers U-23s clinched their first division title on Sunday with a 3-1 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps Residency. Roberto Farfan, Brent Richards, and Ricky Abrego would score as the Timbers moved to 14-0-0 on the season and clinch the Northwest division title in their second year.

SoccerCityUSA.com match report with 33 photos

JULY 9, 2010
Timbers edge Abbotsford 2-1 to go to 13-0
The Timbers U-23s are completing their home schedule this weekend as they hosted the Abbotsford Mariners on Friday night at Gresham High School. The Timbers took the lead before halftime on a Brent Richards goal, then widened the lead to 2-0 in the second half on a goal by Steven Evans. Stuart Rowlands pulled the Mariners back to within a goal 20 minutes from time, but the Timbers held on for the win and remain perfect on the 2010 season.

The Timbers host the Vancouver Whitecaps Residency on Sunday at 2pm at PGE Park before the Timbers host Club Atlas at 6pm that evening. The Timbers U-23s can clinch first place in the division with another win this weekend, or one win combined with a Kitsap loss.

SoccerCityUSA.com match report with 18 photos
07/09/10:Timbers U-23s with 13th straight, defeat Abbotsford 2-1 (Timbers website)
07/07/10:Timbers U-23s play host to Abbotsford, Vancouver (Timbers website)

JULY 7, 2010
Timbers clinch playoff berth with 3-0 win over Crossfire
The Timbers U-23s earned their 12th win in a row, and ninth shutout of the season with a 3-0 win over the Washington Crossfire. With the win, only the Kitsap Pumas can possibly match the Timbers point total of 36, meaning the Timbers have clinched one of the top two slots in the division and therefore earn a playoff spot for the second straight year.

Michael Neilson, Brent Richards, and Tracy Hasson all scored for the Timbers while Jake Gleeson earned his seventh shutout of the season (the other two being shared with backup keeper Steve Spangler.)

Brent Richards was also named to the PDL Team of the Week for his four goals against Spokane on Friday in a 9-0 win.

07/07/10:Timbers U-23s extend winning streak to 12 games (Timbers website)
07/07/10:Timbers U-23s Richards named to Team of the Week (Timbers website)

JULY 2, 2010
Timbers show no mercy on Spokane, win 9-0 as Richards scores four
The Timbers U-23s moved to 11-0-0 on the season as a slow 20 minutes was only a prelude to a nine goal outburst as Brent Richards would have a hat trick by halftime, and add a fourth in the first minute of the second half as the Timbers routed the Spokane Spiders by a 9-0 score. Ricky Dorrego also had two goals in his U-23 dbut, while Brian Ramsey, Bim Ogunyemi, and Freddie Braun also scored.

SoccerCityUSA.com match report with 33 photos
07/02/10:Timbers defeat Spokane 9-0, extend winning streak (Timbers website)

JULY 2, 2010
Timbers 10-0 after comback win in Tacoma, host Spokane Friday
The Timbers U-23s are still atop the Premier Development League standings after a 2-1 comeback win in Tacoma on Wednesday, and host Spokane on Friday at Tigard High School at 7pm.

The Timbers trailed for the first time this season when David Gray scored on a penalty kick for Tacoma in the 35th minute, but midfielder Bim Ogunyemi brought the Timbers level just before halftime with his second goal of the season, and forward Ricky Abrego scored two minutes from stoppage time when defender Ryan Kawulok headed a pass to him off a corner kick, and the 2-1 win completes a three game road trip as the Timbers put their perfect record on the line Friday night against the Spokane Spiders at 7pm.

The Timbers U-23's also debuted at #1 in the new Soccer North America Power Rankings, with division rivals Kitsap at #2, and Victoria at #18.

07/01/10: Timbers U-23s return home to host Spokane Friday (Timbers website)
07/01/10: Timbers U-23s rally back to beat Tacoma 2-1 (Timbers website)

JUNE 20, 2010
Timbers 9-0 after wins over Mariners and Whitecaps
The Timbers U-23s started their longest road trip of the year in Abbortsford, BC on Saturday night, winning 4-1 in the first game of a two-day swing into Canada, and then a 3-0 win on Sunday afternoon in Vancouver over the Whitecaps Residency. The Timbers now finish the road trip in a week and a half with a game in Tacoma on the 30th.

On Sunday, it was Freddie Braun getting the opener in the ninth minute, and Roberto Farfan scoring his second goal on the road trip, and Brent Richards also scoring for the 3-0 final. The Timbers had a player advantage for half the match, with Whitecaps players sent off in the 43rd and 76th minutes of the match.

The opening night of the trip would be a successful one as Roberto Farfan would get the game winner, and Brian Ramsey, Taylor Thompson, and Ricky Abrego would also score as the U-23s topped the Abbotsford Mariners 4-1. The Timbers travel down the road to Vancouver on Sunday to take on the Vancouver Whitecaps Residency at Simon Fraser University in a 2pm start.

Postgame (6/20):
06/20/10: Timbers U-23s end road trip with a 3-0 win (Timbers website)
06/20/10: Portland Timbers U-23s at Vancouver Whitecaps FC - June 20, 2010, 2:00 PM (PDT) (Whitecaps website)
Postgame (6/19):
06/19/10: Timbers U-23s extend winning streak to eight games (Timbers website)
06/18/10: Timbers U-23s face two-game road trip to Canada (Timbers website)

JUNE 12, 2010
Kawulok hat trick leads Timbers U-23s past Yakima by 6-0 final
The Timbers U-23s strong start to the 2010 season continued as defender Ryan Kawulok led the Timbers to a 6-0 win on the back of his hat trick. Freddie Braun, Tracy Hasson, and Brian Ramsey also scored for the Timbers as they recorded their sixth straight shutout, and have not been scored on in their past 560 minutes of league play.

SoccerCityUSA.com match report with 27 photos
06/12/10: Kawulok hat trick guides Timbers U-23s past Reds (Timbers website)
06/11/10: Timbers U-23s play host to Yakima Saturday (Timbers website)

JUNE 5, 2010
Timbers jump into first place after 3-0 win over Kitsap
On Saturday evening at Hare Field in Hillsboro, the Portland Timbers U23s and the Kitsap Pumas both brought perfect 5-0-0 records to this important Premier Development League match. But it was all Timbers as Brent Richards, Brian Ramsey, and Ricky Abrego would notch goals in a 3-0 win as the Timbers earn their fifth straight shutout.

SoccerCityUSA.com match report with 18 photos
06/05/10: Timbers U-23s drop Kitsap 3-0, move into first place (Timbers website)
06/04/10: Unbeaten Timbers U-23s, Kitsap meet Saturday (Timbers website)
06/04/10: Kitsap Pumas Face Timbers in Perfect Matchup (Kitsap Pumas)

MAY 30, 2010
Timbers U23s get help from their opponent in 4-0 win over Victoria
After a scoreless first half between two unbeaten teams, the Victoria Highlanders scored twice in the first five minutes of the second half, but unfortunately both were into their own net, and by their own defender, and the Timbers added two more for a 4-0 win and a 5-0 start to the season. Brent Richards and Richard Abrego would score the two goals, while Jake Glesson recorded his fourth straight shutout.

Also, congratulations to Jake on being named to the Premier Development League Team of the Week!

SoccerCityUSA.com match report with 30 photos
05/30/10: Timbers U-23s stay unbeaten with win over Victoria (Timbers website)
05/27/10: Timbers U-23s face Victoria at PGE Park on Sunday (Timbers website)
05/26/10: Timbers U-23s' Gleeson named to Team of the Week (Timbers website)

MAY 22, 2010
Timbers U23's win fourth straight, but miss out on US Open Cup bid
The Timbers U23's have begun their second season with four straight wins, the latest being a 2-0 victory over former Timber Jake Sagare's Yakima Reds. Forwards Roberto Farfan and Ricky Abrego each scored their first goals of the season and the Timbers earned their third straight shutout.

Unfortunately the four straight wins will not be enough to qualify for the US Open Cup, as the Kitsap Pumas also earned four straight victories in their qualifiers, but advance on having a better goal differential.

05/22/10: Timbers U-23s earn 2-0 road win over Yakima Reds (Timbers website)

Game date/site change: Please note the date and site of the match scheduled for Saturday, May 29 against the Victoria Highlanders has changed to accomodate the Timbers match vs. Boca Juniors schedule for that night. It will now be held Sunday, May 30 at 11:00am at PGE Park.

MAY 21, 2010
U23's top Spokane 3-0 in Friday night action
The Timbers U23's began their first road trip of the season on Friday night in Spokane against the Spiders, and it was a successful start as forward Brian Ramsey would score twice, Freddie Braun opened the scoring for the Timbers, and Jake Gleeson would record his scond straight shutout in goal. The Timbers U23's are now 3-0-0 on the season and play in Yakima on Saturday. The Timbers can still qualify for the US Open Cup, but because of goal differential, will need a slip-up by the Kitsap Pumas against the Washington Crossfire this weekend, along with a Saturday win.

05/17/10: Timbers U-23s open road trip with win over Spokane (Timbers website)

MAY 18, 2010
Timbers top Tacoma on School Day at PGE Park
The Timbers U23's took to the pitch at PGE Park on Tuesday morning at 11am for a school day match against the Tacoma Tide. It was the first Health and Fitness Soccer School Day, presented by Providence Health & Services.

The Timbers did not dissappoint the team record crowd of 2,247 as Bim Ogunyemi's 28th minute goal would stand up as the Timbers held on for a 1-0 lead and a 2-0-0 start to the new season.

05/17/10: Timbers U-23s blank Tacoma 1-0 at PGE Park (Timbers website)
05/17/10: Timbers U-23s, Providence host School Day Tuesday (Timbers website)

MAY 15, 2010
U23's open second season with a win
The Timbers U23 squad opened it's second season in the Premier Development League with a win over the team that knocked them out of the playoffs last year, the Washington Crossfire (formerly the Seattle Wolves). Forward Brent Richards would score twice and Jordan Crasilneck added a goal as the U23's topped the Crossfire 3-1 at PGE Park.

SoccerCityUSA.com match report with 26 photos
05/15/10: Timbers U-23s win season opener behind Richards (Timbers website)
05/14/10: Timbers U-23s open PDL season at PGE Park Saturday (Timbers website)
05/07/10: Timbers U-23s begin final prep for 2010 PDL season (Timbers website)
05/01/10: Timbers U-23s add goalkeeper Jake Gleeson (Timbers website)

APRIL 16, 2010
U23's sign New Zealand goalkeeper
Jake Gleeson, who is 19 years old and played for the New Zealand U-17 team, where Gavin Wilkinson spotted him when his team visited Portland in 2006. He has also trained with Manchester United and Everton.
04/16/10: Opportunity knocks for Wellington goalkeeper (Stuff.co.nz)

APRIL 9, 2010
Invitation-only tryouts next month
The Portland Timbers U23s, the development team for the Timbers, announced the team will hold an invite-only tryout at PGE Park on May 1.
04/09/10: Timbers U-23s schedule invite-only tryout May 1 (Timbers website)

MARCH 26, 2010
Logan Emory signs with Puerto Rico Islanders
University of Portland defender Logan Emory, who played with the Timbers U23's in 2009, has signed with the Puerto Rico Islanders. Emory has been training with the Islanders for two weeks and is expected to play center back.
03/26/10: Pilots' Logan Emory signs with Puerto Rico Islanders of USSF D-2 Pro League (OregonLive)

MARCH 10, 2010
U23's to hold tryout on March 27
The Timbers U23 team will be holding a tryout Saturday, March 27 at Gresham High School, open to all players 17 years of age or older. For details click the link below:

03/10/10: Timbers U-23s to hold player tryout March 27 (Timbers website)

FEBRUARY 2, 2010
2010 Timbers U23 schedule announced
The USL announced the 2010 PDL schedule today, with the Timbers U23 opening their season on Saturday, May 15, as they play host to the Washington Crossfire at PGE Park. The Timbers opponents in the Northwest Division this year will be:

Abbotsford Mariners
Kitsap Pumas
Portland Timbers U23
Spokane Spiders
Tacoma Tide
Vancouver Whitecaps Residency
Victoria Highlanders
Washington Crossfire
Yakima Reds

JANUARY 14, 2010
Collen Warner selected by Real Salt Lake
Timbers U23 foward Collen Warner was taken today in the MLS SuperDraft by MLS champion Real Salt Lake in the first round. Warner had two goals in six matches for the U23's in their inaugural season in the Premier Development League.

02/02/10: Timbers U-23s unveil 2010 PDL schedule (Timbers website)
01/14/10: Timbers U-23s' Warner selected in 2010 MLS SuperDraft (Timbers website)

12/10/09: Timbers U-23s' Warner invited to 2010 MLS Combine (Timbers website)
11/20/09: Jim Rilatt returns as Timbers U-23s head coach (Timbers website)

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2010 Timbers U23 Schedule
Sat15Washington * (PGE)W 3-1
Tue18Tacoma * (PGE)W 1-0
Fri21at Spokane *W 3-0
Sat22at Yakima *W 2-0
Sun30Victoria (PGE)W 4-0
Sat5Kitsap (H)W 3-0
Sat12Yakima (K)W 6-0
Sat19at AbbotsfordW 4-1
Sun20at VancouverW 3-0
Wed30at TacomaW 2-1
Fri2Spokane (T)W 9-0
Wed7at WashingtonW 3-0
Fri9Abbotsford (G)W 2-1
Sun11Vancouver (PGE)W 3-1
Sat17at VictoriaW 4-1
Sun18at KitsapW 1-0
Sat31Hollywood United (B)W 2-1
Sun1Kitsap (B)W 2-1
Fri6Reading (PGE)W 2-1
Sat7Thunder Bay (PGE)W 4-1
Home games are shown in green
Non-league games are shown in yellow
* US Open Cup Qualifier
(PGE) at PGE Park
(H) at Hare Field
(K) at Kiggins Bowl
(T) at Tigard H.S.
(G) at Gresham H.S.
(B) in Bremerton, Washington
All times are Pacific Time

e=1>  Match broadcast on Fox Soccer Channel
# Match broadcast on Fox Sports Northwest
* Video webcast on USLLive.com
+ Audio webcast on 95.5 The Game
All matches broadcast on PortlandTimbers.com
  Match broadcast on Comcast Channel 14
All times are Pacific Time