Portland Timbers 2

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Portland Timbers 2
Portland Timbers 2 logo.svg
Full name Portland Timbers 2
Nickname(s) T2
Founded 2014 (3 years ago) (2014)
Stadium Providence Park
Portland, Oregon
Stadium
capacity
21,144
Owner Portland Timbers (Peregrine Sports)
President Merritt Paulson
Head Coach Andrew Gregor
League USL
2016 9th, Western Conference
Playoffs: DNQ
Website Club home page
Current season

Portland Timbers 2 is an American professional soccer team based in Portland, Oregon, and play in the United Soccer League, in the second tier of the United States Soccer Pyramid. Portland Timbers 2 (often referred to as "T2") is the reserve squad of the (MLS) club, Portland Timbers.[1][2][3]

History[edit]

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.[4][5] 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.[6] 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.[7]

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.[8] Jay Vidovich resigned to become head coach of the University of Pittsburgh.[9] Assistant Coach Andrew Gregor was hired to replace him on January 6, 2016.[10]

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.[11]

Badge and crest[edit]

T2's logo has the same axe that is used in their parent counterpart's logo. The shape of their logo and design were once used for the USL Pro Portland Timbers.

Current roster and staff[edit]

No. Position Player Nation
25 Midfielder Brett, NecoNeco Brett  Jamaica
28 Defender Amick, MichaelMichael Amick  United States
29 Forward Cicerone, RussellRussell Cicerone  United States
33 Goalkeeper Hamilton, WadeWade Hamilton  United States
41 Goalkeeper Herrera, ChristianChristian Herrera  Mexico
42 Midfielder Granitto, TomásTomás Granitto  El Salvador
44 Midfielder Mohamed, OmarOmar Mohamed  Somalia
45 Defender Hanson, HaroldHarold Hanson  United States
46 Forward Bijev, VillyanVillyan Bijev  Bulgaria
47 Midfielder Cruz, AlanAlan Cruz ([B])  United States
48 Defender Ornstil, MaxMax Ornstil  United States
50 Forward Cini, LucasLucas Cini ([B])  Brazil
60 Midfielder Pérez, JoséJosé Pérez ([B])  United States
62 Midfielder Montes, JacobJacob Montes ([B])  United States
63 Defender Bjornethun, KyleKyle Bjornethun  United States
70 Midfielder Damraoui, DylanDylan Damraoui  Belgium
75 Defender Jiménez, ShaquilleShaquille Jiménez (on loan from Deportivo Saprissa)  Costa Rica
77 Midfielder Lewis, AndreAndre Lewis  Jamaica
80 Forward Williams, AugustineAugustine Williams  Sierra Leone
89 Midfielder Lowe, TerrellTerrell Lowe  United States
96 Midfielder Bodily, BlakeBlake Bodily  United States
98 Defender Batista, LamarLamar Batista  United States
  1. ^ Signed to first team contract with Portland Timbers.
  2. ^ Portland Timbers Academy player.

Head coach[edit]

Name Nation Tenure
Jay Vidovich  USA December 18, 2014 – December 4, 2015
Andrew Gregor  USA January 6, 2016–present

Record[edit]

Year by year[edit]

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 2,323
2017 2 USL TBD TBD Not Eligible TBD

Stadia[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Portland Timbers announce USL PRO team, T2". Portland Timbers. October 14, 2014. Retrieved October 14, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Timbers Announce USL PRO Team". United Soccer Leagues (USL). October 14, 2014. Retrieved October 14, 2014. 
  3. ^ "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. 
  4. ^ "T2 names Jay Vidovich as first head coach". Portland Timbers. December 18, 2014. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  5. ^ "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. 
  6. ^ http://www.stumptownfooty.com/2015/2/19/8072033/portland-timbers-2-sign-six-players
  7. ^ "T2 announce schedule for 2017 USL season". Portland Timbers. January 31, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Portland's Belmar Named USL Rookie of the Year". United Soccer Leagues (USL). October 29, 2015. Retrieved October 29, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Vidovich Departs T2, Heads To Univ. of Pittsburgh". United Soccer Leagues (USL). December 4, 2015. Retrieved December 4, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Andrew Gregor named T2 head coach for 2016 USL season". Portland Timbers. January 6, 2016. Retrieved January 6, 2016. 
  11. ^ http://www.timbers.com/post/2016/09/24/usl-match-recap-portland-timbers-2-3-arizona-united-sc-2

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