This past weekend was huge for the Portland Timbers. Despite losing a reserve game, our primary team came away with a point on the road against an overtly hostile team and atmosphere. These puts as being tie, once again, with the Seattle Sounders with 14 points apiece. The Timbers do still have two games on Seattle however.
Anyway, today's news will be heavily focused on last Saturday's outcome, but there are some interesting league-wide articles to pay attention to as well. Enjoy!
Timbers Specific News
Portland Timbers’ Jewsbury: Seattle rivalry good for US soccer
Some quotes from Captain Jack and Troy Perkins regarding Saturday's atmosphere.
Sounders FC Top Timbers 3-2 In MLS Reserve League
Well Seattle won something this past weekend. Our reserves just weren't able to hold up, unfortunately.
Portland, Seattle kick off MLS rivalry with draw
Always fun to read what other cities' newspapers are saying about our "little" rivalry up here.
Game 9: Seattle 1 – Timbers 1 - The Offside
The first Cascadia Derby of the Major League Soccer era ended in a 1-1 draw as Portland Timbers
League News (after the jump)
Garber, MLS Showing More Interest In Las Vegas
People always wonder when Las Vegas will be home to a top flight professional sport team. The time will come before long I believe and Major League Soccer could be that first team to step foot in the Casino capital.
D.C. United's Dax McCarty Again Adjusts To Following A Legend
After being deemed expendable by Dallas last summer, Dax McCarty now has to follow a legend in Jaime Moreno. How's he doing? We check in with him 10 games into his D.C. United career.
MLS compensation declines due to addition of Reserve League
Some eyebrows were raised earlier this month when the average salaries of players in MLS dropped for the first time in a number of years. Here's an explanation.
Whitecaps look for silver lining
As points continue to elude the Vancouver Whitecaps in their first Major League Soccer season, the importance of winning the Canadian title increases.
Time for MLS owners to step up and protect their assets
An argument on why the continued long term injuries in MLS need to stop due to the competitive marketplace for players abroad.
Fan take: Why American soccer fans are the best fans in sports
There's little to no point in arguing which club, team or city has the"best" fans in sports. For starters, facts such as attendance figures and merchandise sales hardly determine the loyalty of a certain fan base.
CHIVAS USA: DaMarcus Beasley on the horizon?
Chivas USA might soon have another decision to make on a U.S. national-teamer. Winger DaMarcus Beasley is negotiating with Major League Soccer.
Major League Soccer to Minnesota? Probably, and Here’s Why
The ever excellent Minnesota-specific soccer blog explains the situation regarding the new NFL stadium and what it could mean for MLS in the Twin Cities.
I'm going to try and get these links earlier in the day as I believe that will probably help discussion and interest.