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Timbers Tid Bits: U.S. Open Cup Edition

Last night played host to a number of U.S. Open Cup matches between various MLS teams. No huge surprises except for one. Despite their re-surging effort, Sporting Kansas City fell to USL Pro side the Richmond Kickers as the third division team continues to upset MLS team after MLS team. I think, with all the impressiveness surrounding the team's run in the USOC, I've just become their newest fan. Well, at least if/when they ever meet the Timbers.

Enjoy the morning news!

Timbers specific news

Timbers U-23s draw 2-2 with Whitecaps Residency
This was the home finale. A little disappointing to just see a draw.

MLS DP Dissection: The real reason for optimism in the Pacific Northwest
Some nice words about Diego Chara here.

Danso’s Portland Timbers lost 3-2 to Sounders
A Gambian newspaper talking about Futty!

Portland Timbers, Adidas to attend groundbreaking ceremony for Chapman Elementary field
The "Just A Field" campaign began earlier this year to raise money to replace the soccer field at Chapman.

The Timbers Army aren’t just soccer supporters
The group has a history of providing support where needed, and with two new initiatives just announced, they will continue this legacy of giving back.

Portland have to fight way out of rut, says Spencer
Love me some Spencer quotes.

John Spencer: Time for Portland Timbers to 'man up'
Coach says players need to toughen up to snap losing streak.

League news (after the jump)

Whitecaps sign first African designated player in MLS history
Not really news anymore, but here's another article on the signing.

MLS cashes in on European stars
With big team names coming over the summer, MLS stands to gain a hefty profit.

MLS: FC Dallas ousts Real Salt Lake from U.S. Open Cup
If Real Salt Lake is going to return to the CONCACAF Champions League any time soon, it’s going to find some other way to get there than by winning the USOC

GALAXY: Starfire is sweet for Sounders
It's unfortunate that the USOC essentially allows teams to "buy" the opportunity to play a home game, as Seattle does each year.

Sporting KC ousted from U.S. Open Cup tourney
The lone USL squad still in the tournament persists! I believe I might be a Richmond Kickers fan now.

Chicago 4-0 New York: Fire Burn The Red Bulls Badly In The US Open Cup
Chicago swept New York out of the USOC by using their starting 11 squad.