Portland Timbers 2
|Full name||Portland Timbers 2|
|Founded||October 14, 2014|
|Head Coach||Cameron Knowles|
|2018||6th, Western Conference|
Playoffs: Conference Quarterfinals
Portland Timbers 2 is an American professional soccer team based in Portland, Oregon, and play in the USL Championship, in the second tier of the United States Soccer Pyramid. Portland Timbers 2 (often referred to as "T2") is the reserve squad of the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer.
The Timbers announced the formation of their USL Pro team at a press conference on October 14, 2014. Jay Vidovich, long-time Wake Forest head coach and two-time NSCAA National Coach of the Year, was hired as T2's head coach on December 18, 2014. Timbers 2 held an open tryout in February 2015. It was announced on February 19 that there are six players currently signed to Timbers 2. Their home games were played at Merlo Field, a soccer-specific stadium at the University of Portland for their first two seasons. They now share Providence Park with their parent club, starting in 2017.
In T2's first season, the team finished in 8th place in the Western Conference of the league table with 11 wins, 15 losses, and 2 ties. Kharlton Belmar was named USL Rookie of the Year and selected for the All-League Second Team. Jay Vidovich resigned to become head coach of the University of Pittsburgh. Assistant Coach Andrew Gregor was hired to replace him on January 6, 2016.
T2 in 2016 had finished in ninth place in the Western Conference. Midway towards the end of the season, T2 had attempted to make a comeback to clinch the final spot for the USL playoffs which increased from the top six to eight teams in each conference. Timbers 2 competed against Arizona United in their final game of their season. Although the team had defeated Arizona, it was not enough to secure the final spot for a playoff berth due to Orange County winning in their final game with a better goal difference than T2.
Badge and crest
T2's logo contains the same axe that is used in their parent counterpart's logo. The shape and design were previously used by the Portland Timbers USL franchise.
Current roster and staff
- As of February 25, 2019
|Jay Vidovich||USA||December 18, 2014 – December 4, 2015|
|Andrew Gregor||USA||January 6, 2016 – January 7, 2018|
|Cameron Knowles||NZL||January 8, 2018 – present|
Year by year
|Year||Division||League||Regular Season (W-L-T)||Playoffs||U.S. Open Cup||Avg. Attendance|
|2015||3||USL||11–15–2: Western Conf: 8th||Did not qualify||3R||3,362|
|2016||3||USL||12–14–4: Western Conf: 9th||Did not qualify||Not eligible (MLS Reserve Team)||2,323|
|2017||2||USL||3–23–6: Western Conf: 15th||Did not qualify||Not eligible (MLS Reserve Team)||2,524|
|2018||2||USL||17–13–4: Western Conf: 6th||Conference Quarterfinals||Not eligible (MLS Reserve Team)||2,127|
- "Portland Timbers announce USL PRO team, T2". Portland Timbers. October 14, 2014. Retrieved October 14, 2014.
- "Timbers Announce USL PRO Team". United Soccer Leagues (USL). October 14, 2014. Archived from the original on October 17, 2014. Retrieved October 14, 2014.
- "A 3rd pro soccer team in Portland? 3 reasons why the Timbers are making it happen". Portland Business Journal. October 14, 2014. Retrieved October 14, 2014.
- "T2 names Jay Vidovich as first head coach". Portland Timbers. December 18, 2014. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
- "Portland Timbers hire longtime Wake Forest head coach Jay Vidovich to lead USL PRO side Timbers 2". Major League Soccer (MLS). December 18, 2014. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
- "T2 announce schedule for 2017 USL season". Portland Timbers. January 31, 2017.
- "Portland's Belmar Named USL Rookie of the Year". United Soccer Leagues (USL). October 29, 2015. Archived from the original on October 31, 2015. Retrieved October 29, 2015.
- "Vidovich Departs T2, Heads To Univ. of Pittsburgh". United Soccer Leagues (USL). December 4, 2015. Archived from the original on December 8, 2015. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
- "Andrew Gregor named T2 head coach for 2016 USL season". Portland Timbers. January 6, 2016. Retrieved January 6, 2016.
- "T2 Roster". Portland Timbers. February 25, 2019. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
- Official website
- T2: Timbers' new minor-league club offers taste of the past, glimpse of the future - Portland Business Journal
- Portland Timbers announce launch of USL PRO team T2 - OregonLive