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Timbers Tid Bits: Rio Ferdinand Edition

So you guys must have heard the news by now. Well not news, but rather the rumors. Rio Ferdinand is going to Chicago! Not really, but it sure does make a sparkly headline doesn't it? Apparently the British media have been having a field day with regards to the transfer rumor. Regardless of whether it true or not (it's not) I just don't see where it makes sense.

Rio Ferdinand is a great player, but he's a defensive center back. No offense to Chicago or anybody involved, but why waste your money on a player that won't ever generate many headlines. As bad as it might seem, defensive players just don't get the kind of press and marketing that midfielders or strikers get and, in the U.S.'s sports landscape that's what you need.

Enjoy your morning news!

Timbers news

Alexander still transitioning as Timbers fight for playoffs
Should the young midfielder get more minutes?

Home-field advantage: Team's MVP
I'll say it right now: Timbers Army for MVP!

Other news (after the jump)

Whitecaps must adjust to bigger playing surface at BC Place
It does not sound like a big difference, but Vancouver Whitecaps winger Shea Salinas said it sure feels

Chicago shoot down report over Ferdinand negotiations
It did seem a little outlandish.

Rio Ferdinand should stay at Manchester United, states David Beckham
David Beckham wants Rio Ferdinand to stay at Manchester United, rather than venture to the United States to join Major League Soccer when his contract expires at the end of next season.

Montreal Impact add Mike Sorber as assistant coach
Montreal Impact head coach Jesse Marsch continues to fill out his staff for the team's entry into MLS.

Beckerman Getting International Chance With U.S. Team
I hate linking to Fox News but this was a decent article...

Sounders Beat Fire In US Cup Final
Another Chicago-leaning take on the Open Cup final.

MLS maintains high marks in racial hiring
Major League Soccer maintained high marks for its racial hiring practices, but showed a slight dip in gender hiring, according to a study released Wednesday.

Top 50 MLS Cup Moments: #47 Orange Crush
Interesting series is doing.

Are Potential Future MLS Players Like Rio Ferdinand Good for the League?
Weighing the pros and cons.