Farr, Verstraaten, and Michaelson all Named to PDL All-Western Conference Team for Timbers U23s

(Jordan Farr, Wouter Verstraaten, and Christo Michaelson all garnered All-Conference honors for the Timbers U23s.)

TAMPA, Fla. – The Timbers U23s landed three players on the 2017 PDL All-Western Conference Team, with goalkeeper Jordan Farr, defender Wouter Verstraaten, and midfielder Christo Michaelson all collecting the honor. With three players on the All-Western Conference team, the Timbers U23s boasted the most players of any team in the Western Conference on the All-Conference squad.

“I’m very happy for these three talented players,” said Timbers U23 head coach Aaron Lewis. “They were noticed this season for their unique abilities within a team setting. All of their futures are bright, and we could not be more excited for them.”

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All three players were integral in leading the Timbers U23s to a complete turnaround in 2017, as following a last-place finish in the Northwest Division in 2016, the Timbers U23s rose to the top and won the 2017 Northwest Division Title in dramatic fashion on the final day of the regular season. For the Timbers U23s, it was the first Division Title since 2011.

Farr, Corban University’s standout goalkeeper, made a name for himself during the 2017 campaign, totaling 30 saves in 12 games with over 1000 minutes played. He recorded a 0.83 goals-against-average during the season, registering a .750 save percentage mark with five shutouts during the regular season, and six on the year including the playoff run.

Verstraaten, who joined the Timbers U23s this season from the University of the Pacific, served as the lynchpin of the team’s defense, helping the squad allow just 11 total goals over the course of the regular season. The team racked up five regular-season shutouts, and six total shutouts including the playoffs. He also contributed offensively, dishing out one assist while playing more minutes than any other player on the team during the 2017 campaign.

Michaelson, a Gonzaga University talent that finds himself ranked No. 24 on the PDL Top-Prospects List, shined throughout the year in the midfielder for the Timbers U23s, serving as the heartbeat of the team all season long. While scoring three goals and recording one assist offensively in nearly 1000 minutes played, he proved to be just as good defensively, consistently breaking up opposing teams’ attacks in each and every match.

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