At 25 years old, Vancouver native and Evergreen High School grad Timur Zhividze knew his time in developmental soccer leagues was running thin.
If he was going to live out his dream of playing soccer professionally, he’d have to start making something happen for himself.
Playing in his third season with the Portland Timbers U23 team, Zhividze, a striker, was scoreless through seven games. He tried to just focus on the moment, and play the game he loves.
“Honestly, it’s in the back of my mind,” Zhividze said. “I mean, I’m 25 now. I’ getting to point where either I’m playing soccer or I have to start working on my career and start working on other stuff.”
Playing soccer professionally has been Zhividze’s dream since he was in Russia, a young lad playing with a ratty ball on makeshift goals in a small village a 10-hour drive from Moscow. Him and his family, which includes five brothers and two sisters, moved to the United States when he was 13. It was a new chance for Zhividze.