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Timbers Tid Bits: Ajax Friendly Edition

Game night! ... Sort of. I mean technically there's a game for us all to enjoy at Jeld-Wen but it's not really a game that matters. Just a friendly. Still, I'm excited to see Ajax, a team that I've long admired for churning out some of the world's best players. Tonight should be a fun game, if nothing else.

I'll have more on Ajax, including the Match Thread, up a little later today. In the mean time, here are the day's links from around the web:

Timbers specific news

Timbers aim to enjoy friendly match with Dutch team
Tonight is just a fun game. Hopefully no starters are played.

Dutch champions Ajax to get a taste of Portland

Is the Portland Timbers' home-field advantage unique?
Overall, Major League Soccer teams have a significant home-field advantage compared with other sports.

Training Update: May 24th | Timbers Insider
Training day update from the fantastic Timbers Insider.

Ajax in the Rose City
Today we play host to Ajax Amsterdam at Jeld Wen Field. We like to toot our horn about our club history, well Ajax's history goes back over 125 years.

Portland Timbers discuss the Timbers Army chants, Timber Joey's actions and Kenny Cooper's middle name
Players revel in the nonstop chanting, celebratory log slices and a new middle name.

League news (after the jump)

Fire qualify for U.S. Open Cup with PK win
Looks like another long game for the USOC play-in matches. Congratulations to Chicago.

Gold Cup calls take toll of top teams
The New York Red Bulls have been ravaged.

Beckham-less Los Angeles hosts Houston -
Coach Bruce Arena decided to give David Beckham another day off Wednesday when the Los Angeles Galaxy host the Houston Dynamo, only this time so the ex-England captain could play a match in his homeland.

UEFA Champions League final: Manchester United, America's team
This article is funny because, well, of almost every football team in the world, Manchester United is probably one of my most hated (aside from Seattle, of course).

Colorado Rapids are hoping to jump-start their offense
Of note to the Timbers, Omar Cummings will be out with the Jamaican national team for the Gold Cup, possibly missing the game at Jeld Wen.

Nutrilite win tops Whitecaps’ agenda
If there was ever a must-win game for the aspiring-to-better-things Vancouver Whitecaps organization,

Winners and Losers in the Gold Cup Call-Ups
The call-ups are done, and the rosters are known.  Every team participating in this year's Gold Cup has unveiled their rosters, and as expected the U.S. and