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Timbers Tid Bits: John Strong Edition

So we announced it on Twitter yesterday, but I figured the man at least deserved a bit of recognition in today's Timbers Tid Bits.

If you didn't hear, John Strong won MLS's "Broadcast Call of the Year" for his decidedly epic announcement of Darlington Nagbe's "Goal of the Year." I didn't get a chance to watch every single game, but I can't think of another, more passionate announcer and I was very happy to see John get the recognition he deserves. So huge congrats to him for that.

Also I hope everybody had a great holiday weekend! We've got another one coming up, but, in the mean time, here's some MLS and Timbers news for you.

Stories of the Year, No. 5: Portland vs. Seattle
The best rivalry in American soccer finally comes to MLS

Offseason Snapshot: Chara & Perlaza further exploring their Portland surroundings
Colombian teammates and friends welcome new family addition; prepare for 2012

Portland busy shaping core ahead of second season
Perkins, Horst re-signed; Valencia expected to arrive after new year

Best of 2011: Strong wins MLS Broadcast Call of the Year
Portland's man behind the mic breaks down his call on Nagbe goal

Best of 2011: Controversy of the Year: Mullan suspension
What was the right penalty for the tackle heard 'round the league?

Major League Soccer's Holiday Wish List
With Kwanzaa just getting ready to start, what better time for a MLS holiday wish list?

If David Beckham goes to France, it might help MLS
Although your aides-de-camp keep insisting nothing has been decided, everybody knows Beckham's move to the French club Paris Saint-Germain is pretty much a fait accompli.

Kicking it up: Seacoast United now a for-profit company
Seacoast United Soccer Club recently completed its transformation to a for-profit organization, a move it hopes will help it expand facilities and perhaps even spawn a Major League Soccer team someday.

PDL Worcester Hydra FC owner has USL PRO, MISL and MLS aspirations
Worcester Hydra FC is one of three new USL Premier Development League (PDL) teams set to enter the Northeast Division in 2012.

Business Off The Pitch: Red Bulls optimistic about growth in New York City speaks exclusively with Chris Heck, President of Business Operations for the New York Red Bulls

Arsenal manager Wenger mulls Henry return on loan
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is considering trying to bring Thierry Henry back to the club on a two-month loan from the New York Red Bulls to fill the void left by strikers going to the African Cup of Nations.