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Timbers Tid Bits: Re-Entry Draft Stage 1 Edition

Today marks the first stage of the MLS Re-Entry Draft, the draft selection where players can be transferred to other teams if their option is declined by their original team. I'm expecting this first stage to be fairly uneventful. Montreal might pick up a player or two, but otherwise I'm expecting most teams to pass as they did last year. Stage 2 will hppen on the 12th. That will probably be a bit more lively as it gives the players and teams a chance to renegotiate contracts before signing. We'll see if Portland picks anybody up.

The 2011 Re-Entry Draft is happening today. We'll update when the picks are made.

Enjoy your morning news!

Timbers to unveil new jersey at special event
Timbers to unveil new third-team jerseys at special Jeld-Wen Field event.

Minnesota Stars Captain Kyle Altman Has Trial with Portland Timbers
A possible center back?

RUMOR: Timbers Bringing in Colombian Edwin Movil
Article is in Spanish and take it as a rumor.

David Beckham's game-changing signing can inspire the A-League with Harry Kewell
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Kevin Baxter on soccer: David Testo's coming-out gets strong support
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Impact will have a 'Canadian influence'
Matt Jordan, the Montreal Impact's director of soccer operations, says the club is pursuing Canadian players ahead of the 2012 MLS season.

Santonio Quaranta Retires From Major League Soccer After 11 Seasons
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Victory want more Galaxy matches
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US International Lee Nguyen Signs With MLS, Will Be Allocated Via Weighted Lottery
United States international Lee Nguyen says he has signed a contract with Major League Soccer.

Becks, the biggest in the Galaxy
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Whitecaps re-sign goalkeeper Cannon, midfielder Thorrington
The Vancouver Whitecaps retained some veteran leadership Monday, re-signing goalkeeper Joe Cannon and midfielder John Thorrington.

Shalrie Joseph Re-signs With New England Revolution
Shalrie Joseph will return to the New England Revolution, re-signing with the club as one of its designated players. Joseph has played with the Revs for his entire Major League Soccer career and originally joined the team in 2003.