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Timbers Tid Bits: Calm Before the Storm Edition

With the weekend off, it's almost like the Portland Timbers are rearing themselves for the storm of games that's to follow in the next couple weeks. This Friday the Timbers play their last regular home season game against the Houston Dynamo. A few days later the gang is taking a "road" trip first to D.C. United and then to Real Salt Lake.

In all honesty in order to secure a spot in the play-offs the Timbers need to win two of these games. Is that possible? Sure! But then the Timbers aren't a solid team away from home so it will certainly be an uphill climb. Let's just hope the Timbers can hold it together...

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Timbers news

Timbers game will prove daunting for Dynamo
Going into Portland is unlike visiting any other MLS stadium. The Dynamo will have to be ready.

Timbers' playoff climb turns steeper
Timbers likely need to win final three games for realistic chance to reach playoffs.

Portland's Cooper wins AT&T Goal of the Week
Well for the weekend prior.

Off week provides calm before the storm for Timbers
One win and a draw would get a foot in the door.

Investments paying off for Portland Timbers
The Timbers getting high-end return from low-cost payroll.

Other news (after the jump)

MLS Disciplinary Committee Suspends and Fines Real Salt Lake’s Kyle Beckerman
Beckerman will miss the final against the Portland Timbers.

Dynamo take part in a different kind of friendly during week off
Brad Davis, one of the best providers of service in Major League Soccer, had the 6-4 Tally Hall wide-open.

Rumors fly about David Beckham's future
To listen to David Beckham, it sounds like the midfielder would be happy to return to the Los Angeles Galaxy next season.

TFC’s young defender puts his left foot forward for Canada
The Canadian national team has called up TFC Academy graduate Ashtone Morgan, 20, for two World Cup qualifiers after an impressive MLS rookie season at left-back.

Friendly quickly became about winning for Klinsmann, United States
If was supposed to be a learning experience, but Saturdays match quickly became about winning for Jurgen Klinsmann and the United States.

Stars Are Aligned for Galaxy Run
If the Galaxy wins MLS cup this year it'll be the first for David Beckham.

Players pray to be noticed
Ryan pore was invited to the Impact's camp for next year. Interesting.

LA lock up Shield, Union climb to 1st
Congrats to both teams.

Panasonic Announces Multi-Year Sponsorships of U.S. Soccer and Major League Soccer
Cool, I guess. Details are pretty inane, but more money for the league is always good.