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Timbers Tid Bits: Open Cup Edition

Looks like a busy week for participants in the 2011 U.S. Open Cup with a series of games being played by MLS teams, usually paired against PDL sides. Both the Seattle Sounders and LA Galaxy will be partaking in the festivities playing against Kitsap Pumas and LA Blues, respectively. Personally, I'm rooting for the PDL sides.

It's a shame the Portland Timbers didn't make it this year as both the main team and the U-23 PDL side fell to their respective league rivals. Maybe next year...

Enjoy the day's news.

Timbers specific news

Timbers Change Players, Tactics To No Avail
A brief look at the tactics and player mentality from last weekend's game.

Portland Timbers donate $20,000 to Concordia University
Team gives boost to construction of Cavaliers' multi-use facility.

The Major League Soccer alternative midseason awards
Cheeky awards article. Eric Brunner won one!

League news (after the jump)

Dos Santos resigns as head coach of Montreal Impact
Looks like Montreal is shaking things up before they get into MLS.

'Soccer Dad' Obama Honors MLS Champs
Some choice quotes from Obama concerning the Rapids and soccer in general.

What We Learned: MLS Week 15
Notes from last week's various games.

GK Magee gets MLS honor
If you guys didn't see it last week, midfielder/forward Mike Magee took the goalkeeping position for LA for a full half and came out with a shut out.

Real Salt Lake eyeing return to CONCACAF Champion's League as they begin U.S. Open Cup play
The USOC afterall is one way to gain entry into the CONCACAF Champion's League.

Can Blues shock Galaxy?
I'll be rooting for the small PDL side!

Key to Sounders success? They care about Open Cup
Say want you want about Seattle, but they do consistently field a solid squad for the Open Cup.