Timbers Tid Bits: John Spencer Edition

Yesterday we were hearing unsubstantiated reports that the Colorado Rapids were looking to poach head coach John Spencer from the Portland Timbers. At the time I honestly suspected that they were highly speculative and based on very little. As it turns out, however, they were true!

Luckily, it looks like Spencer has decided to stay on with Portland next year. Not surprising given that the Timbers organizational structure, city-wide support, and owner are all much more impressive than Colorado's which often suffers from neglect, or so I hear.

So good news for all!

Enjoy your afternoon news!

Timbers news

Spencer, Portland shoot down advance from Colorado
Great news! Very happy to see Spencer returning next year. Personally, I'm hoping he sticks around for a long, long time.

Portland Timbers and Philadelphia Union's Le Toux win MLS Fair Play awards
The Western Conference team and French forward claim this year's awards.

Other news (after the jump)

New England Revolution Reorganize Front Office
Once a model MLS franchise, the New England Revolution have been the league's worst team over the past two seasons.

Major League Soccer Surpasses NBA And NHL In Per-Game Attendance
Nearly four decades ago, the legendary Brazilian striker Pele arrived in New York amid great fanfare, the supposed savior of a largely unnoticed sport.

Mexico coach De La Torre says MLS fight cost NY Red Bulls defender Rafa Marquez roster spot
Defender Rafa Marquez was left off Mexico’s roster for Friday’s exhibition game against Serbia because of a lack of discipline that led to a three-game suspension from Major League Soccer, coach Jose Manuel De La Torre said Tuesday.

Hollywood Final for Major League Soccer and Beckham
David Beckham may be about to write his own Hollywood ending. On November 20, his eyes will focus on the MLS Cup, American domestic soccer's grand prize.

TFC to face L.A. Galaxy in Champions League quarter-final
Draw pits two MLS clubs against each other; no guarantee David Beckham will still be with L.A.

Kansas City's Sapong Wins MLS Rookie Of The Year
Sporting Kansas City forward C.J. Sapong was named the 2011 Major League Soccer Rookie of the Year on Tuesday.

Seattle Sounders coach Schmid: MLS in good shape
Sigi Schmid feels the current state of Major League Soccer is very strong and is confident that the momentum is starting to shift the way of American players.

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