Goalkeeper Hunter Sulte became the first Alaskan native to sign a Homegrown contract with an MLS franchise this week, joining the Portland Timbers.
The 18-year-old joined the Timbers Academy back in 2016, climbing the ranks at the club before making eight appearances in the USL Championship in 2020 for Timbers 2.
“Hunter is a talented player whose commitment and dedication to the sport has been rewarded,” Gavin Wilkinson, general manager and president of soccer for the Timbers, said in a statement. “We look forward to working with Hunter to fulfill his potential at the professional level and be a goalkeeper for the Timbers for many years to come.”
“We are very excited to sign an academy player who has shown all the signs and promise of a great future with the Timbers,” Giovanni Savarese, head coach of the Timbers, said in a release. “We feel that this the best move for him to continue to develop and are invested in Hunter as a player.”