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Timbers Tid Bits: World Cup TV Rights Edition

Crikey! That's quite the title right? Well it has to be. Today's TTB is dedicated to an event which is just about to happen. We won't hear much of it in the lead up or probably even after, but it's coming. Essentially it's the US bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup.

The reason why I dedicated today's news round up to it is because there's a fantastic article below which I think every MLS fan should read. Essentially it's about the bidding process, who the players are and what the implications are for MLS fans who like to see their favorite teams on nationally broadcast channels. Many don't know this but one of the reasons why ESPN has been diligently broadcasting MLS games week-in, week-out is because ti was part of their deal when they secured the 2010-2014 World Cup broadcasting rights.

This next bidding process is sure to have similar implications and, quite frankly, I hope ESPN takes the cake again.

Enjoy your afternoon news!

Timbers news

Kenny Cooper: Portland Timbers' Mr. Nice Guy perseveres through up-and-down season
Great article and very true. When I spoke with him at his announcement press event he was very polite and generally seems like a great guy.

Dynamo, Timbers trade has produced winning results
I'm not sure if there was a more successful trade in the summer.

I think that's what makes the Timbers so great. Without a true "star" the team becomes the star.

Other news (after the jump)

Montreal Impact cuts ties with six more players
No news on Ryan Pore.

Tan's first goal lifts 'Caps off bottom of league table
Viva Cascadia!

Cameron honored by Major League Soccer
As a fellow Geoff, I'm honor bound to respect this man.

Players like Ochoa sit in ready reserve, waiting for the call
Sammy Ochoa was one of three Sounders who scored goals in Seattle's 3-1 MLS Reserve League win over San Jose this week.

NYC still aim for 20th team, but Cosmos not ready
If MLS would focus on somewhere other than New York, we might already have the 20th team.

Sporting KC, Chivas de Guadalajara tie 2-2
It's odd that there would be such a late season friendly.

Jesse Myers takes reins as Rochester Rhinos' new coach
Myers said the club's stability, the chance to win and fanbase led him to leave the Kickers.

CALLING IT A CAREER  Berhalter, 38, to retire after this season
Not a huge surprise. Berhalter came into the Galaxy in 2009 and helped shore up a woeful defense.

World Cup rights bidding to have major implications for U.S. soccer
Another great Grant Wahl article about the business behind TV broadcasting.