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Timbers Tid Bits: Play Offs Edition

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So tomorrow the MLS play offs officially kick off. Well, the wild card teams play aganist each other first, but at this point it's really all just semantics. The regular season is over and now teams are officially battling directly for the MLS Cup trophy.

So up first we have FC Dallas vs. New York Red Bulls tomorrow night and the Colorado Rapids vs. the Columbus Crew no Thursday. I don't normally do predictions but since I no longer have a horse in this race, I'll go ahead and say FC Dallas over New York 2-1 and the Crew over the Rapids 1-nil.

Any personal predictions for the Wildcard games?

Timbers news

2011 Goal of the Year - First Round, Groups A-D
Cooper! Group C... vote!

Despite finish, Timbers found success
From a Seattle newspaper. Not bad.

Portland Timbers find success despite missing playoffs in first MLS season
From bend's newspaper. Kind of nice seeing the Eastern side of the state's opinion.

Other news (after the jump)

David Beckham reaches crossroads as Galaxy enter playoffs
When David Beckham joined the L.A. Galaxy to much fanfare five years ago, he said he wanted to change soccer in the USA.

Not so fast on MLS schedule shift
Despite what Jurgen Klinsmann believes, a shift in schedule for Major League Soccer may not be such an easy fix.

Union's playoff game time against Houston to be determined by Galaxy opponent
To put in perspective how long this Major League Soccer season has been, the Union opened the regular season on March 19 while the Phillies were in Clearwater, Fla., for spring training.

How I Would Crown MLS Champion
From a blogger, but interesting nonetheless.

Former Liverpool FC hero Steve Nicol leaves Major League Soccer team New England Revolution after ten years in charge
LIVERPOOL legend Steve Nicol has parted company with New England Revolution after a decade as manager.

Kansas City to host 2012 MLS SuperDraft on January 12
Wish Portland would get something...

Red Bulls coach Hans Backe confident Thierry Henry, Rafa Marquez will help carry team in MLS playoffs
Red Bulls play FC Dallas in wild-card game on Wednesday

M.L.S. Playoffs Still Foreign to Red Bulls Star
The Red Bulls will open the M.L.S. postseason on Wednesday night with a one-game playoff against Dallas in Frisco, Tex.