New San Diego Loyal SC signing Blake Bodily made three appearances for the club on loan in 2021 from the Portland Timbers. | Photo courtesy San Diego Loyal SC
SAN DIEGO – San Diego Loyal SC announced on Tuesday it had signed Blake Bodily for the upcoming 2023 USL Championship season. The transaction is pending federation and league approval.
The 5-foot-9 midfielder from Eagle, Idaho joins SD Loyal after spending the last three years with Portland Timbers FC of Major League Soccer. Bodily signed a Homegrown contract with Portland in Jan. 2020 following three standout seasons with the University of Washington. Prior to UW, Bodily spent time with Portland Timbers Academy and Portland Timbers 2 from 2014-2017.
“We are thrilled to bring Blake to San Diego,” said SD Loyal Head Coach Nate Miller. “We know him very well as he was with us on loan in 2021 and performed very well in a short time. He is a perfect fit at wingback for our team. He is an elite crosser, very dangerous in 1v1 moments, and an extremely hard worker. Getting to know him as a person was crucial as we know he fits our culture very well and will be an excellent fit in our community.”
Bodily first began playing with the Portland Timbers 2 in the USL Championship in 2015 as a USL Academy signing. During that span he appeared in 35 matches, scoring four goals. After enrolling at Washington he also competed in USL League Two for the Portland Timbers U-23s before signing professionally with the Timbers in 2020.
The 25-year-old played in 12 MLS matches while also spending time on loan with T2. In 2021, he was acquired on loan by SD Loyal in October and made three appearances for the club, logging 151 minutes of action.