With the conclusion of the 2010 CONCACAF Champions League this past month comes the planning and preparation for the next CCL tournament that will last from 2011-2012. As many should no doubt no, this is an exciting tournament that truly tests the mettle of our teams on the field as they're forced to pay against teams from the continent with much higher salaries. The Portland Timbers won't get the chance to participate in this CCL, but should the team do well this season we could break in next year.
Anyway, on to the day's news:
Timbers Specific News
Timbers defender Eric Brunner has found a comfortable home in Portland
The defender, who played for Columbus before being acquired in the expansion draft, likes the enthusiasm of Northwest soccer fans.
Survey of Northwest Portland residents reports parking, traffic congestion problems worsened on Portland Timbers game days
Obviously. I don't think anybody expected anything other than this.
Trash talk from Portland? Sounders respond to harsh comments
Watch as the Sounders FO and Sigi Schmid try to brush off the shellacking they received from Spencer.
League News (after the jump)
Ex-Dortmund, Bayern Munich, Bremen midfielder Frings linked with MLS
Another aging veteran looking to retire. Pass.
Rumors link Galaxy's Landon Donovan and U.S. teammate Michael Bradley to AS Roma
Just more transfer rumor talk.
GALAXY: Tough draw for CCL
The Galaxy was seeded atop Group A for CONCACAF's Champions League, but they received no favors in Wednesday's draw.
Pires linked to MLS move
Ugh, not again. This is the player who refused to go to Philadelphia because it wasn't "beautiful" enough. He doesn't care about MLS. He just wants to retire in New York or LA.
It's a done deal: Real Madrid to play Union at Linc
Cristiano Ronaldo will get a chance to taste a cheesesteak this summer.
Reds, 'Caps not much of a threat
For those of you who watched the game last night, you were treated to equal parts boring and dull.