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Timbers Tid Bits: Gavin Wilkinson Edition

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Good article on about Gavin Wilkinson and his travels abroad. I think we all already knew this, but he pretty much spelled it out that we're going to see a couple new faces this off season from abroad which shouldn't be surprising given the amount of scouting he's been doing in recent months. Seriously, I think it's time the man had some time off!

Enjoy today's news!

Portland's Wilkinson: Transfer activity just warming up |
GM says club will continue to fill holes following Valencia deal

Pro Soccer Player and Hometown Hero Freddie Braun Makes 7-Year-Old's Day
Freddie Braun, Timbers midfielder, made a special visit on Monday morning.

Can Portland Answer the Curtain Call? Three Questions for the Timbers
The "expansion" Portland Timbers had a debut MLS season to remember. The team quickly became the darling of the TV networks with their passionate and creative fans, the team played an exciting brand of soccer, and the resurgence of Jack Jewsbury gave them some high-profile players.

Portland Timbers looking to add to Valencia capture
Portland Timbers general manager Gavin Wilkinson says the club is looking to add to the capture of Colombian young gun Jose Adolfo Valencia.

GALAXY: Ronaldinho's aim elsewhere?
If reports that Ronaldinho could be coming to Major League Soccer are more than just speculation or posturing, then don't be too surprised if he ends up somewhere other than the Galaxy.

Top ten moments in soccer in 2011
Only a couple apply to American soccer.

Former England captain David Beckham offered new deal to stay in MLS with LA Galaxy
David Beckham is considering the offer of a further 12 months with LA Galaxy as he enters the final days of his five-year contract in Major League Soccer.

MLS player Adu to train with Spanish club
Major League Soccer player Freddy Adu will train with Rayo Vallecano and may join the Spanish club.

Houston Acquires Sturgis From Toronto FC
The Houston Dynamo acquired midfielder Nathan Sturgis from Toronto FC on Thursday for a conditional pick in the 2014 Major League Soccer SuperDraft.

Thierry Henry offered loan by Arsenal
Arsenal have finally offered Thierry Henry a contract to return to the club on a two-month loan.

Italy-U.S. likely to play exhibition in February
And let me guess... the game will be held at least 2000 miles away from the PNW.

How To Raise The Salary Cap And Benefit Poor and Wealthy Teams
As a disclaimer, this is not going to be a rant on how Major League Soccer suffers from the salary cap. This is simply an analysis on what changes can be made to improve the financial system so that the poorer and wealthier teams benefit from the rule changes. Neither is this a rant against single-entity ownership.