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Portland Timbers & Thorns Alliance

Portland Timber & Thorn Alliance

We are excited to share that our soccer club has been invited to join the MLS Portland Timbers and NWSL Portland Thorns FC as an official Alliance Club. As an Alliance Club, AYSC will have an exclusive partnership in Alaska, providing unprecedented opportunities for our young athletes and coaches.

After being approached by the Portland Timbers/Thorns FC organization, and following several months of conversations and research, our board of directors approved a partnership earlier this month. Beginning in January 2020, our boys’ teams will compete as AYSC Alaska Timbers and our girls’ as AYSC Alaska Thorns.

This partnership will open more doors for AYSC players and the sport in Alaska, with new playing opportunities and a direct pathway for our players, both boys, and girls, to the collegiate and professional levels. Portland scouts will attend AYSC Club tryouts, and the Far North Invitational Soccer Tournament and deliver instate coaching education and player clinics.

Equal opportunities for our girls’ and boys’ teams are important to us, and one that this alliance affiliation is committed to. The Portland Timbers/Portland Thorns FC is one of only four organizations in the nation to operate both an MLS club and NWSL club – the highest level of professional soccer in our country. The Timbers also have a USL Championship team (Portland Timbers 2) and boys’ and girls’ academy programs competing in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy League, again the highest national level.

Thanks to the hard work of our directors, coaches, players, family members and volunteers, and the generous support of our sponsors; AYSC is the first, and currently the only club in Alaska with a professional club affiliation.

We’re excited to continue our growth with this partnership that will directly benefit our coaches and players. We will continue to wear our AYSC patch, adding that of the alliance to our existing uniforms.

AYSC players have the unique opportunity to have Timbers and Thorns Staff come to Alaska and work with players at least two times a year. Below are the two main Staff Coaches that come to Alaska and work with our players.


KYLE STEINBAUGH                                                                                        MIKE SMITH
Manager, Timbers Alliance / Homegrown Youth Scout                           Thorns Director of Scouting/Youth Sporting Director

Portland Timbers & Thorns Alliance Website

Please contact Jo Reid, AYSC's Technical Director with questions or ideas for AYSC - [email protected]

AYSC Office

Call the Office to make an appointment if you would like to meet with someone in person.

1225 E. International Airport Rd. #105

Anchorage, AK 99518


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Anchorage Youth Soccer

1225 E. Int'l Airport Rd. Ste 105 
Anchorage, Alaska 99518

Phone: 907-561-4625
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