USLSoccer.com Staff Report
Monday, February 29, 2016
PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Timbers 2 have taken a new approach to building their squad ahead of the new USL season, and Timbers Head Coach Caleb Porter is pleased with what he’s seen so far from new T2 Coach Andrew Gregor’s squad this preseason.
“If you have time and you have a good environment, then players will progress and they'll develop and get better,” Porter told The Oregonian’s Jamie Goldberg. “That's what we're looking for.”
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T2 has made a handful of intriguing signings already this offseason, with Nigerian U20 international Akinjide Idowu, Belgian youth international Dylan Damraoui and FC Barcelona Academy forward Alexis Meva all joining Gregor’s side. As the Timbers prepare to start the defense of their MLS Cup title this weekend, Porter is keeping an eye out for players who might be able to help the club maintain its lofty standing in MLS.“Whether we have guys that are going to go down and get training, go down and get games, or whether it's new players that come in, we want to see them getting better,” Porter told Goldberg. “We want to see an evolution of the team. We want to see an evolution of the individual players.”