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Timbers Tid Bits: Coping with the Loss Edition

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So it finally happened. But then again we all knew it was coming like a freight train. The Timbers have been playing mediocre soccer since the Philadelphia Union game. They barely scrapped by with 1-nil wins against both Philly and the Columbus Crew. John Spencer has even hinted as much after some minor controversial statements regarding how the team has been training lately.

The good news here is that this will, hopefully, give the guys a huge reality check. Just because they're playing at home doesn't mean they'll win. Something has to change...

Anyway, enjoy today's Memorial Day news comprised, mostly, of Timbers recap news as well as some additional drama out of FIFA.

Timbers specific news

RECAP: D.C. hand Portland their first-ever MLS home defeat
The official match review.

Match Report: Timbers 2, DC 3
Another match report from Timbers Insider.

Pumas, Timbers U-23 U.S. Open Cup fate unknown
A coin flip or some sort of lottery will determine the PDL's Northwest Division rep to the prestigious tournament

DC United end Portland Timbers run
Portland's run of five successive home wins - a record for a Major League Soccer expansion franchise - was ended by a controversial 3-2 defeat against DC United.

League news (after the jump)

Panoramic view of Livestrong Park
Sporting KC's home. It looks like a great stadium.

Jack Warner unleashes his 'tsunami' with Blatter and Valcke accusations
Fifa stands on the brink of disintegration today as Sepp Blatter and Jérôme Valcke, its two most senior figures, were accused of a "politically motivated" subversion of the presidential-election process

Sporting KC hope some breaks will finally come their way
The rough road trip is taking its toll on Sporting KC.

GALAXY: Can't get too far ahead
There's a reason the Galaxy are streaking ahead in Major League Soccer's Supporters' Shield race, and it has nothing to do with wins and losses.

Union trash Toronto to go top
Philadelphia Union thrashed Toronto 6-2 to go top of the Major League Soccer Eastern Conference as Red Bull New York could only draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Hibs star Riordan's Wage call too high for US suitors
American club Houston Dynamo have told Hibs striker Derek Riordan he'll have to drop his wage demands if he is to clinch a move to Major League Soccer.

MLS academies will kill off college game
The rise of MLS academies may render the high school and college games obsolete, but they'll ultimately serve the greater good of the American game.