Portland Timbers 2

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.[1][2][3]

Portland Timbers 2
Full namePortland Timbers 2
Nickname(s)T2
FoundedOctober 14, 2014 (2014-10-14)
StadiumHillsboro Stadium
Hillsboro, Oregon
Capacity7,600
OwnerPortland Timbers
(Peregrine Sports)
PresidentMerritt Paulson
Head CoachCameron Knowles
LeagueUSL Championship
201914th, Western Conference
Playoffs: DNQ
WebsiteClub website

History

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. After the 2016 season, the Timbers moved T2 home games to Providence Park,[7] and T2 would play there for the next three seasons. After the 2019 season, the Timbers announced that the ownership group of the Hillsboro Hops, a minor-league baseball team based in the Portland suburb of Hillsboro, Oregon, would take over the business operations of T2, while the Timbers would remain T2 owners with responsibility for the playing staff. As part of this agreement, T2 will move to Hillsboro Stadium for 2020 and beyond.[8]

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.[9] Jay Vidovich resigned to become head coach of the University of Pittsburgh.[10] Assistant Coach Andrew Gregor was hired to replace him on January 6, 2016.[11]

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.[12]

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 September 4, 2019[13]
No. Position Player Nation
45 Defender Harold Hanson  United States
48 Defender Max Ornstil  United States
50 Goalkeeper Jake Leeker  United States
54 Defender Niko de Vera  Philippines
66 Defender Carlos Anguiano  United States
  1. ^ Signed to first team contract with Portland Timbers.
  2. ^ Portland Timbers Academy player.

Head coach

Name Nation Tenure
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

Record

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
2019 2 USLC 10–16–8: Western Conf: 14th Did not qualify Not eligible (MLS Reserve Team) 1,899

Stadia

References

  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. Archived from the original on October 17, 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 Timbers and Hillsboro Hops announce new T2 partnership". Portland Timbers. October 30, 2019. Retrieved November 2, 2019.
  9. "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.
  10. "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.
  11. "Andrew Gregor named T2 head coach for 2016 USL season". Portland Timbers. January 6, 2016. Retrieved January 6, 2016.
  12. http://www.timbers.com/post/2016/09/24/usl-match-recap-portland-timbers-2-3-arizona-united-sc-2
  13. "T2 Roster". Portland Timbers. February 25, 2019. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
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