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Timbers Homegrown signing Blake Bodily approaches first pro season as opportunity to take next step

Over the last four years, the Portland Timbers fans who track the team’s Academy products have had to marvel from a distance, with the miles between the Rose and Emerald Cities serving as arms’ length between Blake Bodily and his hometown. But after a career at the University of Washington that culminated with Pac-12 Player of the Year honors and a trip to College Cup, the Timbers product is back, with his club having announced his signing to a Homegrown Player contract.

“Blake will start with T2 with an opportunity to earn first-team minutes,” the team’s president of soccer, Gavin Wilkinson, said in its Friday announcement.