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Eastside Timbers & Eastside Thorns FC

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US Soccer Development Academy

Eastside and the Development Academy

Eastside currently offers both a 04 Boys and a 06 Boys Development Academy teams and both teams will participate in the Oregon division of the US Soccer Development Academy.


To provide the best daily environment for dedicated, high performance youth soccer players to achieve long term individual development goals with a team of like- minded teammates, training staff, and families.


The US Soccer Development Academy requires clubs to meet 7 Key Performance Standards:

  1. Player Development Effectiveness
  2. Staff, Leadership, Structure, and Qualifications
  3. Style of Play & Philosophy
  4. Training Environment & Personal Development
  5. Facilities & Infrastructure
  6. Respect
  7. Resources

All Development Academy clubs undergo two yearly evaluations by US Soccer National Staff.

Who is it for?

  • For the coming season the program will feature players born in 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007
  • Players with high Technical, Tactical, Physical, and/or Psychological performance traits
  • Players and families dedicated to a 9 1/2 month competition Calendar
  • Players who prioritize soccer over other activities, but may still participate in other activities


The Development Academy provides the best everyday club environment:

  • Focused, methodological training plan
  • Individual Development Plans (IDP) for each player
  • Long-Term Player Development
  • Fewer, more meaningful games
  • Emphasis on long-term development, less on winning
  • Comprehensive training and game calendar with mandatory breaks to allow for family events and other activities
  • Consistent exposure to top level teachers, teammates, and opponents
  • Minimized travel


Academy Director: Gaff Leyland | [email protected]

  • USSF 'A' License
  • La Salle Preparatory High School Girls' Varsity Head Coach (2016 OSAA State Champions)
  • Thorns Academy Coach
  • ODP Staff Coach

Head Coach: Chris Cramer | [email protected]

  • USSF 'C' License
  • Former DOC of Barcelona Oregon
  • Former PDP/ID2 Staff coach
  • 2011 WSSCA All-state Coach of the Year
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