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Timbers Tid Bits: Weekend Preview Edition

It's the Friday before the weekend's slew of games and you know what that means: PREVIEWS! As you can expect, there are an assortment of previews from around the league, including some others concerning the Portland Timbers vs. Columbus Crew match up.

Aside from that we have some interesting pieces regarding the Timbers training from yesterday, an Alaska Airlines "chant" sheet from a commercial they were recently shooting, and an article surrounding the connection between left and right back defenders Rodney Wallace and Jeremy Hall.

Good stuff! Enjoy the day's news.

Timbers specific news

Training Update: May 19th | Timbers Insider
A good look at how the guys are progressing.

Why Alaska Airlines doesn’t write chants
Terrible, just god awful.

Timbers teammates together again
A good look at our dynamic duo in the back Rodney Wallace and Jeremy Hall.

Portland Timbers-Seattle Sounders: This Sigi Schmid-John Spencer post-game has lasted for days
There is a boxing promoter vibe to the back-and-forth between coaches of the arch-rival teams. Too bad the rematch isn't until July 10 at Jeld-Wen

Preview: Portland aim to stay perfect at home vs. Crew
Another Portland TImbers vs. Columbus Crew preview.

Portland Timbers to lose three players for games in June due to national team commitments
Futty Danso and Jake Gleeson will miss game against Chivas USA, while Steve Purdy will miss multiple games.

Portland Timbers vs Columbus Preview's preview of the weekend's upcoming match.

League news (after the jump)

MLS Kits Weekly – Round 9 " mao's Football
A look at the kits worn around the league last week.

In Houston, Retooling, Not Rebuilding
Chris Canetti, the president of the Houston Dynamo, talks about retooling his team's roster under the restrictive salary budget of Major League Soccer.

RSL tries to stop scoring woes against FCD
Real Salt Lake vs. FC Dallas preview.

Fire aim to get over hump at Philly
A Chicago Fire preview against the Philadelphia Union

Henry on Pires: He talks too much
Thierry Henry made it crystal clear that the story out of England about him speaking to former France and Arsenal teammate Robert Pires about joining the Red Bulls is pure rubbish.

Report: David Trezeguet to join the Red Bulls' Thierry Henry in New York
How many more internationals can New York bring in? It's pretty ridiculous already.

Sepp Blatter: FIFA to meet Qatar 2022 bid whistleblower
FIFA officials will interview a whistleblower from Qatar's 2022 World Cup bid over allegations that bribes were paid to African voters, Sepp Blatter said Thursday.

Feeling the Heat: Which MLS coaches are in jeopardy of losing their jobs
I'm not sure Seattle will fire Sigi Schmid. I just don't see it happening.

Union succeeding despite offensive troubles
SIX GOALS in nine matches do not make for an easy road being a contender. But despite its offensive woes, the Union has somehow managed to do it.

MLS Weekend Previews
Another article which takes a snapshot of the weekend's matches.

What To Watch For: MLS Week 10
Brief mini-previews of the weekend's match ups.