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Timbers Tid Bits: Play Off Chance Edition

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Tonight's match is a must win for the Portland Timbers. Unfortunately, given their rocky past with road games, it also makes it an unlikely win. The fact of the matter is that the Portland Timbers have been on a down swing since the San Jose Earthquakes came to Portland and I just don't know if the team can turn that around for the final two games.

That's not to say I'm not hopeful however. The beautiful part of soccer is that you can never look at two teams and know for a certain which one is coming out the winner. So perhaps the Timbers will go into RFK Stadium tonight and bring home three points. I certainly hope so because, well, hope is all I've got left.

On a side note, thanks to class (go Viks!) I'll be missing tonight's game. Which means after 5:00 PM I'm on a media blackout until Thursday morning when I get to watch the game. Oh the agony!

Enjoy your morning news.

Timbers news

Timbers Face Two More Games; Playoff Berth Unlikely
The Portland Timbers will play two more matches on the road this week. The team's playoff hopes were dashed Friday night with a loss to Houston. (I wouldn't say dashed)

Timbers push for playoffs comes down to the wire
With two matches left on their inaugural Major League Soccer schedule, The Portland Timbers have a chance to become just the fifth expansion club to make the MLS Cup playoffs.

Fans returning for Portland Timbers season tickets
As if this was a big surprise to anyone.

Timbers say they're planning to get "dirty" against D.C. United
Timbers play at D.C. United in a game that will affect both team's playoff hopes.

D.C. United, Portland Battle For Playoff Lives
A loss tonight for either team will deal a major blow.

Mixed Fortunes for Gambians in MLS
A look at how Gambians fared this past weekend, including Futty!

Other news (after the jump)

Galaxy stays unbeaten at home with win over Chivas USA
The Galaxy had cleaned house all season, denying any Home Depot Center visitor to depart with a win.

Growing pains include bottom finish for Caps
The Vancouver Whitecaps will finish dead last or second to last in their first Major League Soccer campaign.

Red Bulls' Soler Looks Back and Peeks Ahead
Erik Soler, the general manager and sporting director of the Red Bulls, said Tuesday that Coach Hans Backe will be back with the club next season even if it fails to qualify for the playoffs in Major League Soccer.

C.J. Sapong thriving in his rookie MLS season
Forest Park graduate is frontrunner to win league's rookie of the year award

Toronto advances to quarterfinals
Joao Plata had two goals and an assist and Toronto FC clinched a spot in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.

Major League Soccer MVP Race: Profiling The Contenders
Eight different players received at least one first place vote in SB Nation's Major League Soccer MVP tracking poll. In the coming days, we will profile many of them.

Red Bulls, United search for answers
Four teams battle for one playoff spot in Major League Soccer this upcoming weekend Ives Galarcep analyzes the playoff situation in Major League Soccer and offers insight to the teams that may secure the last playoff spot

Puma drops WPS sponsorship; WC TV bids this week
Just some soccer business. Bummer about the WPS thing.

So about the Major League Soccer Disciplinary Committee
Some analyzing of the MLS disciplinary committee that we've seen issue suspensions and fines so far this year.