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Timbers Tid Bits: Gold Cup Edition

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Tomorrow is the United States' first game in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup against Canada. It's a game that should be both entertaining to watch and fairly easy for our guys (nothing compared to Spain from this past Saturday). That said, the Gold Cup already officially launched yesterday with Mexico taking on El Salvador and, well, the results weren't great if you're a USMNT fan as Mexico is slowly proving they're the kings in CONCACAF.

Anyway, we won't have to worry about them for a little while. In the mean time, let's turn focus back towards home a little bit with some Monday news. Enjoy!

Timbers specific news

Pumas top Timbers U-23, gain Open Cup berth
Kitsap is headed to Texas after beating the defending league champions

Portland Timbers lose 1-0 to Chivas USA
Timbers lose second consecutive game, remain winless on the road.

Timbers GK Gleeson gets first int'l cap for New Zealand
Gleeson got his first cap, but the All Whites ultimately fell 3-0 to Australia.

Behind the scenes, Portland Timbers build bridges with Latino fans
The Timbers are the latest MLS team to try to reach a group of fans who love soccer but have habits and allegiances that don't include U.S. teams.

Castrol Index Releases Latest Major League Soccer Results
Futty made it to the third place! No other Timbers player cracked the top 10.

League news (after the jump)

Stadium raises Sporting KC’s profile, but team must win — soon
The gorgeous, state-of-the-art and soccer-specific Livestrong Sporting Park opens on Thursday.

Chelsea and Spanish international striker Fernando Torres: I like the US and I would like to be a part of the improvement of the soccer.
No more retirees. Especially ones who can't score.

A Handy Guide to the 2011 Gold Cup
The 2011 Gold Cup is an interesting tournament, one almost designed specifically for the most hard core soccer fan.

The United States Is Not Catching Up To Mexico, The World
For years, there has been a myth perpetuated across the world that the United States men's national soccer team is steadily improving. Instead, they're stagnating - especially when compared to Mexico - which might as well be a step backwards.

MLS Week In Review: Red Bulls Give Up Comical Equalizer; Goals At A Premium
Two weekends ago it was a record amount of goals. This last weekend it was a dearth. Very interesting.

‘We pretty much rank where we are on the table’
Toronto FC players admit that they're nt the best team in MLS by a long ways.