January 22, 2020
Portland Timbers sign attacker Blake Bodily as a Homegrown Player
The Timbers (Major Soccer League) have signed academy product and University of Washington standout Blake Bodily to a Homegrown player contract.
Bodily, a 22-year-old midfielder/attacker originally from Eagle, Idaho who came from the Boise Timbers|Thorns affiliate (Boise Nationals Timbers). Blake was identifed at the youth club's 1st ever Annual college ID camp at 15 years old by Timbers Sporting Director, Mike Smith per recommendation & invite from Eric Simmonsen, Boise Timbers|Thorns; current Director of Coaching and Player Development. Eventually Bodily joined the Timbers Academy in 2014. He spent some time with Timbers2 as a youth, making 33 appearances for the USL side from 2015–2017. He signed with University of Washington in 2016, and, after taking a gap year, he was a consistent presence in all three seasons he played with UW. He will be forgoing his senior year to sign with the Timbers.
Bodily most recently enjoyed a breakout junior season. In 2019, he was the top scorer for the Huskies, netting 12 goals and adding 6 assists over the span of just under 1,400 minutes played. He was a key contributor as the team made a run to the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament, falling to eventual champions Georgetown. By the end of the season, he was named the Pac-12 Men’s Soccer Player of the Year, was a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann trophy, and earned first team All-American honors.
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PLEASE JOIN US IN A COLLECTIVE CHEER TO BLAKE BODILY!
PROVING THAT DREAMING BEYOND REALITY IS WORTH IT NO MATTER THE OUTCOME.
Blake Bodily joins the following Boise Timbers|Thorns alumni who have achieved professional contracts within the Major Men's and Women's Professional Leagues in America:
Sofia Huerta National Team:
2012 - United States U20
2012 - Mexico U20
2012 - 2013 - Mexico Women's National Team
2017 - current - United States Women's National Team