Professional Soccer Teams Bring Alliance to Alaska
Portland Timbers (green) play LA Galaxy in Portland’s Providence Park
ANCHORAGE—One of Anchorage’s oldest youth soccer clubs has entered into a partnership with the MLS Portland Timbers and NWSL Portland Thorns FC. Anchorage Youth Soccer Club is Portland’s latest official Alliance Club, joining nine teams from Washington, Oregon, and Idaho beginning in January 2020.
AYSC will be the first and only soccer club in Alaska to have a professional affiliation. As an Alliance Club, players and coaches will receive new exposure and a direct connection with professional expertise from Portland’s men’s and women’s coaches, staff, and players. Alaskans will benefit from having Portland scouts at AYSC Club tryouts, the club-hosted Far North Invitational Soccer Tournament and its players will further benefit from instate coaching education and player clinics.
“AYSC has a long history of developing Alaska’s soccer players and this alliance opens a unique pathway for our elite players to reach a higher level of competition and improved exposure to play in college and beyond,” said AYSC Technical Director Jo Reid.
The Portland Thorns FC and Portland Timbers organization is one of only three in the nation to operate both an MLS club and NWSL club—the highest level of professional soccer in the United States. The Timbers also have a USL Championship team (Portland Timbers 2) and boys’ and girls’ academy programs competing in the US Soccer Development Academy League, again the highest national level.
AYSC players will continue to wear the Anchorage Youth Soccer Club crest, carrying on the more than thirty-year tradition of the club. Beginning in January, players will add a Thorns FC or Timbers badge and teams will be named AYSC Alaska Thorns or AYSC Alaska Timbers, respectively.
The Portland Timbers and Thorns Youth Sporting Director, Mike Smith, is scheduled to visit Alaska the week of December 11 to meet with players and families.
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Jack Amon and Richard “Van” Hale opened the doors of the Marx Bros. Café on October 18, 1979; however, the two had already been partners in cuisine for some time, having created the Wednesday Night Gourmet Wine Tasting Society and Volleyball Team Which Now Meets on Sunday, a weekly evening of food and wine. It was actually the end of the weekly event that spurred the name of the restaurant: hours after its final service, Amon and Hale were hauling equipment and furnishings out of their old location and to their now-iconic building on Third Street, all while managing arguments about equipment ownership, a visit from the police, and quite a bit of wine. “If you’ve ever seen the movie ‘A Night at the Opera” starring the Marx Brothers, that’s what it was like,” Hale explains.