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Timbers Tid Bits: Sir Alex Ferguson Edition

Looks like Sir Alex Ferguson has some positive things to say about MLS and thew sport's growth here in America. Although whether he legitimately believes what he says, or whether he's just trying to get on everybody's good side prior to their pre-season tour is anybody's guess. It's not entirely uncommon for teams to "talk up" their respective tour locations to drum up popularity so I certainly wouldn't be surprised if that was the case this time around.

Still, at the very least, it should be fun! Enjoy the morning news.

Timbers specific news

Timbers can ‘only go up’ after difficult setback
As much as I'd like to believe the Timbers are at the lowest they can go, I don't necessarily believe they are.

Caption required: Why so serious?
Give us your best caption from this photo taken during the Timbers-Sounders game

Portland Timbers reach halfway point of season
Even with seven-game winless streak, the team still is in playoff hunt as potential roster decisions loom.

JELD-WEN Shows Its Game Face, Debuts Ads Celebrating Soccer and Timbers Fans Everywhere
Just a press release, but in case you wanted to know more about the ad Ryan put up earlier, here you go!

Mariners topple Timbers, tie Tide
Regarding the U-23 team, in case you were wondering.

League news (after the jump)

Montreal soccer owner Joey Saputo set for move to MLS
I can't wait to have a reason to visit Montreal.

Major League Soccer's First XI Feature League's Highest Paid Players 2011 MLS All-Star First XI Salaries Much Higher Than Previous Year's Players
It is a spectacularly expensive side this time around.

For International Soccer Powers, Summer Trips to the U.S.
Some of the biggest and best international clubs will take part in the 14-game World Football Challenge, including five games involving M.L.S. clubs.

Chicago Fire: Fire taking U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal seriously
The Fire are likely to field their regular lineup when they meet the Red Bulls in the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals Tuesday, while New York is expected to start mainly reserves.

Whitecaps signing key African player?
The struggling Vancouver Whitecaps are set to unveil their latest signing at a morning press conference

Beckham to face Manchester United after MLS All-Star selection
David Beckham will face his former club Manchester United after being included in the Major League Soccer All-Star squad.

Sir Alex Ferguson predicts growth of Major League Soccer in US
Sir Alex Ferguson believes the MLS could become one of the biggest leagues in world football

Man United's Sir Alex Ferguson praises growth of game in MLS
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson believes soccer in the United States has made giant strides even in the eight years since he first took his squad across the Atlanic for pre-season.