Pride in purple is headed back to the pacific northwest! 6 AJAX East Bay, and Cal North ODP players will travel to Portland, Oregon to participate in the Portland Timbers Friendship Cup Tournament May 25th-28th. The Friendship Cup tournament has served as one of the top ODP tournaments in the country, and the list of professional and national team players who have played in this event is endless. The event takes a new direction this year, hosting MLS pre‐academy teams, and ODP teams. Hosted in the Rose City, and Beaverton, Oregon, this tournament attracts some of the best players and teams in the nation.
Jacob Stokes, Junior Picon, Bryan Rincon, and Christian Lopez will represent head coach Robert Olson and the 05B Legends.
Jorge Villasenor Jr., and Jacob Lepore will represent head coach Jorge Villasenor Sr. and #8 ranked 04B Force.
Last year, teams from Oregon ODP/Pre-Academy, San Jose Earthquakes Pre-Academy, Seattle Sounders, Washington ODP, Cal-North ODP, Colorado ODP, Alaska ODP, Crossfire Pre-Academy (Seattle), Timbers Alliance All-Star Teams, San Francisco Elite, Diablo and SMC Earthquakes made up the 100-team event. More than 50 college, regional and national coaches were also on hand to evaluate and scout players.
We are very excited and proud of all 6 players for their selections to this prestigious event!