Timbers Tid Bits: Canadian Championship Edition

Stacey Neve

Major League Soccer's three Canadian teams plus one NASL team will begin the Canadian Championship tonight with the first leg of the semi-finals (also known as the first round). A much smaller, shorter version of the US Open Cup, the Canadian Championship is also the path to the CCL for one Canadian team.

In other news today, two different players from the Thorns-Reign game earn player of the week nods from two different sources and the MLS-USL Pro partnership is showing promise.

Canadian Championship: All you need to know about the 2013 tournament
A rundown and brief history of the Tournament.

Petke disagrees with Juninho suspension
The Red Bulls head coach thinks the extra game added to Juninho's suspension was too harsh. He definitely kicked the ball right at Jimmy Nielsen, but Nielsen definitely sold it to make it look worse than it was. Was one game enough?

Sporting KC season tickets sold out for 2013 season
14,000 season tickets sold. Not bad SKC.

Grading the new MLS bosses
I'm slow getting to this, so the most recent couple of games are not factored in, but ESPN has graded the performances of MLS's new coaches so far.

Revolution, Red Bulls Supporters March together
New England and New York fans marched to Red Bull Arena together over the weekend, New England's first game since the bombings in Boston. It's pretty awesome.

MLS-USL Pro partnership flourishing, after huge crowd in Utah
A crowd of 8,263 fans turned up at Rio Tinto to watch the Real Salt Lake reserves take on the Phoenix Wolves.

Jessica Fishlock Voted NWSL Player of the Week
I'm not sure anyone around here would even object to this.

The Equalizer’s NWSL Week 2 POW: Christine Sinclair
But on the other hand, I can get behind this too.

Wambach to be tested for concussion Monday
We had NWSL's first ever head injury this weekend, but this post says Abby Wambach is fine now. Which is good, and I'm willing to put off all other injury-related milestones as long as possible.

Jozy Altidore's valuable penalty prowess; Americans Abroad
Sports Illustrated on the best candidate to take PKs for the USMNT, plus a summary on what's up with National Team-ers and other American notables abroad.

Biting is still not worse than spitting, says ESPN analyst Alexi Lalas
Lalas talks about the worst things you can do to another player on the soccer field.

Villarreal, Yedlin, Joya Headline U-20 Camp Roster
Tab Ramos has announced his roster for an April training camp in preparation for the U-20 World Cup.

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