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Timbers Tid Bits: Transfers Edition

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Looks like some teams are getting in on the transfer rush a little earlier than the July 15th international transfer window opening as the New York Red Bulls and DC United made a shock trade yesterday that saw Canadian midfielder Dwayne de Rosario head to DC in exchange for the Portland Timbers first expansion draft pick Dax McCarty (many of you will remember the Timbers traded Dax for Rodney Wallace). The move is especially fascinating because New York had only recently acquired de Rosario from Toronto FC a few weeks prior and he had already contributed two goals and four assists.

I think it's going to be a lively transfer window...

Timbers specific news

Spencer considering changes to starting lineup for Portland Timbers
Loss at Dallas has coach mulling moves

What's up with . . . Spencer Thompson
Q and A with Timbers rookie striker Spencer Thompson.

Spencer still seething over Timbers' blowout loss to FCD
No guaranteed starters anymore. It'll be interesting to see how things shake up.

Timbers adopt local soccer clubs
The Portland Timbers announced six local soccer clubs who will be a part of their 2011 Adopt-A-Club program.

Timbers need to put heat on opponents
Under ideal circumstances, John Spencer wants his Portland Timbers dictating tempo by pressuring opponents all over the pitch and forcing opponents to defend the width of the field.

Serbian defender Ignjatovic trialing with Portland Timbers
A small bit of additional information on Aleksander.

League news (after the jump)

Record TV Ratings For Gold Cup Final Show FOX Its Missed Opportunity
Almost 1,000,000 people tuned into FOX Soccer... imagine the possibilities.

Kick Off: Is a coaching change forthcoming for USMNT?
Is he in or out? Speculation!

MLS clubs outdrawing Major League Baseball
Interesting, but you also have to take into account the amount of baseball games played.

Red Bulls GM Erik Soler intends to pursue defenders with cap space freed by Dwayne De Rosario deal
A day after he dealt one of the most accomplished MLS players in history, Red Bulls GM Erik Soler said he will use the resulting cap space to bolster his underachieving team.

Impact can't put end to its losing ways
The soon-to-be MLS side is struggling in its final season at the second division.

Seattle starts pursuit of third straight US Open Cup by beating Kitsap 2-1
No surprise here, but it sure would have been awesome if Kitsap had ended Seattle's run.

Sporting KC eases into US Open quarters
Milos Stojcev and Kei Kamara scored goals a minute apart in the second half of Sporting Kansas City's 3-0 victory against the semipro Chicago Fire PDL on Tuesday night.

Kickers Upset Columbus 2-1
Not all MLS teams advanced in yesterday's USOC game...

Good time for Caps to be seeing Reds
If the Vancouver Whitecaps really want to turn around a mediocre season, why not start with two road