SCORESHEET/From Winterhawks to NHL; Beavers, Ducks in MLB spring training

Portland Timbers 2 will kick off another season Saturday.

But the success of their season won't be measured by how many matches they win or whether they qualify for the United Soccer League playoffs. It will be determined in a year or two, if one or two players have successfully made the jump to MLS.

At least that's the plan.

The Timbers signed four players who spent 2016 on T2 to MLS contracts for 2017. One of those, Gresham's Marco Farfan, already has played for the big club. The others — winger Victor Arboleda, center back Rennico Clarke and goalkeeper Kendall McIntosh — seem like candidates to be loaned back to T2 for more seasoning.BIJEV

The 2017 T2 roster already includes four returnees: Villyan Bijev, Dylan Damraoui and Andre Lewis and forward Augustine Williams — an indication the Timbers see something in each. Also on the T2 roster are midfielder Nico Brett and goalkeeper Wade Hamilton, who played with the USL team last season on loan from the Timbers.

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