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Timbers Tid Bits: Substance Abuse Edition

Big ens coming out of the Mexican national team camp yesterday as it appears five of Mexico's Gold Cup Squad has been suspended over use of a controlled substance. Now, before you start lighting your bonfires and grabbing your pitchforks, it's suspected that the controlled substance was found in their systems via eating tainted chicken, not by actually using the drug. Mexico has had this problem for quite a while now, in fact. Still, as of now those five players are off the team, including their goalkeeper.

Read more about the issue in the link below.

Enjoy the morning news!

Timbers specific news

A Question Of Possession
Possession remains an issue for the Timbers who consistently get outmatched.

Timbers' Gleeson receives first international cap with New Zealand in 3-0 loss
Despite the loss it seems like the Timbers' young goalkeeper was thrilled about getting the call up.

With opener in past, Timbers turn attention again to Rapids
Big game on Saturday where the Timbers will be wanting to get some needed revenge.

Adidas soccer commercial features Kenny Cooper, Timbers Army (video)
Portland shares space with Lionel Messi and David Beckham in the new video.

Portland Timbers' Nagbe getting closer to being healthy
Good! I like Sal Zizzo as an energy boost at the 70th or so minute. Nagbe, however, needs to be starting.

Rapids' Omar Cummings ruled out for game against Portland Timbers
Ankle injury keeps Colorado forward out of Saturday's game

League news (after the jump)

Five Mexico players test positive for banned substance
Five Mexico internationals test positive for the banned substance clenbuterol.

What To Watch For: MLS Week 13
Some highlights to look out for during this weekend.

Now, the Stadium Is Up to Date in Kansas City
Sporting Kansas City opened its $200 million stadium, Livestrong Sporting Park, Thursday night with a game against the Chicago Fire.

Odds Of Major League Soccer Expanding To Las Vegas Just Got Longer
I never expected Las Vegas to get a team. I've had family there for many years and I know intimately the reasonings for Vegas' lack of a sports team.

Vancouver and Seattle meet for 1st time in MLS
It's not as heated as Seattle vs. Portland, but it'll still be fun to watch our northern neighbors duke it out a bit.

MLS's impact on Gold Cup is evidence of league's growth
A record 32 Major League Soccer players are taking a break this summer to represent their respective countries in the Gold Cup.

Can Detroit support Major League Soccer? Ford Field crowd requires perspective
Many felt Tuesday's Gold Cup doubleheader was an audition for the city in the effort to bring a MLS franchise to a wildly-renovated version of the Silverdome.

Scoreless Draw Opens Livestrong Sporting Park
Chippy game last night complete with biffed PK call, a cow running across the field and a new stadium!