Halfway through its season in the United Soccer League Pro (USL), the Portland Timbers 2 (T2) are right on the bubble to get into the playoffs.
With a 5-7-2 record, T2 is currently tied for sixth out of 12 teams in the USL Pro’s Western Conference. The top six teams in each conference will make the playoffs.
Los Alamos native, Andy Thoma, is one of five Portland Timbers players who are on loan to T2.
The Portland Timbers play in the Major League Soccer; the USL Pro is MLS’s minor league. The USL Pro has been around awhile, but this its first season as MLS’s minor league and also T2’s first season of existence.
Thoma starts for T2 as a defender. This is the 22-year old’s first year as a pro. The Timbers drafted him in the second round, 24th overall, in the 2015 MLS Super Draft from the University of Washington.
Playing 90 minutes a game for T2, however, should prepare him to eventually move up since the organization can customize his development.
The Timbers have the sixth most points out of the 20 MLS teams with a 7-6-4 record. The Timbers also have one of the more loyal fan bases in the MLS. One particularly popular activity is after the Timbers score a goal at Providence Park a lumberjack revs up his chain saw and slices a circle off a giant tree to give to the player who scored.