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Timbers Tid Bits: 4/26/11

I like this pace I'm going at with these news round up posts. It gives me a bit of relaxation time on some evenings while, at the same time, I can let the news build up so I don't have to reach into the corners of the internet netherworld for sketchy articles. Everybody wins!

Big emphasis from various sources this week on the Portland Timbers frustrating habit of allowing in so many goals. We have currently conceded 13 goals so far this season making us not only the worst team in that regard, but also well ahead of the second place contender. I can't tell you this much, that's not a trophy I want the Timbers to "earn" come October.

Timbers News

Diego Chará & Jorge Perlaza - Together again
Similar to what I wrote about earlier, but with less opinion and more quotes from Diego Chara.

Spencer looking to raise level of team play
Another article on the shockingly high amount of goals we allow in each game.

Are Portland Timbers developing reputation as mentally soft?
Once scored against, it seems like the Portland Timbers just open up wide and allow anything in. It's a disturbing trend that needs to stop.

League News (after the jump)

New York Cosmos may be returning, but are they selling us false bill of goods?
A former Englishman living in America wonders if the New York Cosmos ownership group is taking MLS seriously.

Montreal Impact coach Dos Santos quick to play underdog card
In past years, both the Vancouver Whitecaps and Montreal Impact have claimed underdog status when facing Toronto FC in the Nutrilite Canadian Championship

The End Of America Is Best Illustrated By Major League Soccer, Apparently
Ah the good ol' Drudge Report used a picture of the Philadelphia Union supporters group, Sons of Ben, to illustrate the end of America.

El Jimador named official Tequila partner of MLS
I'm not a tequila person, but if there was ever a branded bottle of tequila, I'd buy it in a heart beat... just sayin'

MLS begins disciplinary process for Steve Zakuani and David Ferreira incidents
The league is looking into the tackles that resulted in serious injuries to Seattle’s Steve Zakuani and Dallas’s David Ferreira

Real Salt Lake CONCACAF Champions League Final Preview Conference Call - Garth Lagerwey - RSL Soapbox
Real Salt Lake general manager Garth Lagerwey was part of a conference call talking about the CONCACAF Champions League final on Monday, if you missed it you can catch the complete Q&A with him here.