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Timbers Tid Bits: Frank Lampard Edition

So there have been some "reports" by a couple organizations that have claimed that the LA Galaxy are pursuing Frank Lampard as a replacement for David Beckham. The 33 year old Chelsea is, no doubt, a powerful name in soccer so it doesn't surprise me that these rumors are out there.

That said, I would just like to clarify that everybody should take these reports for that they're worth: rumors. While I have no doubt that LA is looking to replace Beckham with a number of high profile players (if they don't re-sign him) I question the validity of these specific reports. So just keep that in mind...

As an aside, what would you think of Lampard plying his trade in MLS?

Timbers news

Portland blocks Colorado's move to interview John Spencer
I don't know about "block." Spencer said he wanted to stay...

Timbers training a help for international players
Purdy praises Spencer's competitive full-side scrimmages

Vote now for AT&T Goal of the Year: Final Round
Voting ends tonight. Vote Nagbe!

Other news (after the jump)

Can Real Salt Lake deepen roster and re-sign veterans within salary cap?
Following several seasons worth of highs and lows compressed into one, RSL looks forward to keeping its core group together for 2012.

Kinnear, Arena vie to become first coach with three MLS titles
Two great coaches. A third title would be worthy of either.

Lampard could replace Beckham at LA Galaxy
Huge grain of salt here...

Frank Lampard wanted to replace David Beckham at LA Galaxy
Again... this is probably just a rumor.

MLS Needs to Focus On DC United and Revolution, Not Second New York Team
I agree. I think the focus on a NY2 team is causing more harm for the league.

Major League Soccer Coming Back To Casa Grande For Preseason Training
The Portland Timbers haven't yet committed to returning.

Major League Soccer's Don Garber is 'pleased … but not satisfied'
Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber has presided since 1999 over the fastest-growing professional sports entity in the country.

GALAXY: Saunders is a net gain
If it seems Josh Saunders has come from nowhere to save the Galaxy again and again this season, Landon Donovan understands.

Author Dave Lange talks St. Louis soccer, past US team captains and MLS
Soccer and St. Louis are synonymous with one another.

Beckham signing showed the world we are serious
Serious we are going to sign retirees? A better stance would have been to increase the regular salary cap, in my opinion.