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Timbers Tid Bits: U.S. Open Cup Final Edition

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So the U.S. Open Cup is tonight. Unfortunately, the Timbers aren't a part of it. Still, it's an important tournament regardless what MLS would have you believe. As the nation's longest running tournament dating back to 1914 I think it's important to stay tuned to what's happening even if our side isn't represented.

Of course, there are those who want the Timbers fans to support the Chicago Fire over Seattle given our history. Were the Timbers not in MLS I might even partake. Some of you might still. But while Seattle is our hated enemy, Chicago is just another rival to be beaten year in, year out. So I won't be rooting for anybody to win tonight. I'll just be enjoying the tournament.

Enjoy your morning news!

Timbers news

Timbers' planned academy leaves high schools feeling soccer punched
High school sports simply can't train players properly.

MLS may schedule extra Cascadia rivalry game in 2012
Yes, let's water down the rivalry.

Tutored by a Timber: Freshman trained with Portland Timbers
Great article on an up and coming college player who played for the Timbers PDL team.

In Reserve: Timbers repeat result over 'Caps
It was trialist Bryan Burke who gave the Timbers the win.

Other news (after the jump)

Seattle Sounders looking to make history, add another notch with 3rd straight US Open Cup
In the span of the past two weeks, the Seattle Sounders FC have locked up nearly every major goal on their season-long to-do list.

Chicago Fire: Fire, Seattle Sounders to play for U.S. Open Cup title
Fire shoots for fifth U.S. Open Cup title Tuesday when they play at Seattle, which has won the last two Cup titles.

Beckham and Kreis "Fight"
Quotes added by me cause it wasn't really a fight.

LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane hopeful that David Beckham will stay at the club
A decent interview with Keane...

Rookie experiences growing pains
The 18-year-old Vancouver Whitecaps striker hasn't started a Major League Soccer game since July 9.

Real Salt Lake Still Among MLS Cup Favorites, Despite Three-Game Skid
At this point though they're completely out of even the Supporter's Shield race.

Red Bulls still in MLS playoff race despite a slew of ties in a 'strange season'
"Strange" season? More like bad season...

Montreal Impact signs Nelson Rivas for MLS season
Former Inter Milan central defender Nelson Rivas has become the first player signed by Montreal.

For Beckham, Family and Health Are No. 1 and 1A
David Beckham is in the final months of his five-year contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy and Major League Soccer.

Big guns to meet in MLS
A couple large games tonight with La taking on New York and Seattle taking on Chicago in the US Open Cup final.