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Timbers Tid Bits: First Leg Edition

So the first leg of the play-offs officially came and went. The big surprise was Seattle getting thoroughly trumped at the hands of Real Salt Lake, but we've already covered that, much to the chagrin of the commenters (it's all in good fun!). Later today and tomorrow will see recaps of the LA-NY, SKC-Colorado, and Union-Houston games.

I think, overall, the first leg of the play offs went about as expected. Los Angeles is obviously a better team than New York and Sporting Kansas City and the Houston Dynamo's are on upswings where as Philly and Colorado are on down swings. So really, aside from the Seattle-Salt Lake match I wasn't very surprised? Were you?

And oh happy Halloween everybody!

Enjoy the news!

Timbers news

Timbers' expectations higher for 2012 after success of 2011
Regardless of what offseason moves the front office makes, the Portland Timbers will expect a playoff berth in 2012.

Portland Timbers fans during 2011 MLS season (photo essay)
This is amazing. Really great job by the OregonLive sports team.

Other news (after the jump)

Sounders now find themselves in Real trouble in playoffs
I see what they did there...

Real Salt Lake report card vs. Seattle
Real Salt Lake seemed determined Saturday night to show Seattle and the rest of Major League Soccer that, with a full roster, it's back.

Beckham, defense get it done
All season the Galaxy showed they were the best team in Major League Soccer.

Landon Donovan: New York is the dirtiest team in Major League Soccer
Those of you who saw the NY-Portland game at Jeld-Wen might agree...

Donovan slams cheap Red Bulls after playoff clashes
There's really no love lost between these two teams.

Los Angeles, Houston, Sporting KC win Major League Soccer playoff matches
With the Red Bulls, Colorado Rapids, and Union falling respectively.

Nowak: First-half mistakes doomed Union in 2-1 loss to Dynamo
The Union's first-ever Major League Soccer playoff game consisted of dominance in possession, pressure, and scoring chances.