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Timbers Tid Bits: Women's World Cup Edition

Disappointing. Heartbreaking. Deflated. All words I've seen people use when discussing the loss to Japan yesterday in the Women's World Cup final. It was disappointing for a number of reasons, but, primarily, because throughout the USA were consistently the more dominant side. In fact, within the first half hour or so, the US easily could have been up 3-nil. The fact that they kept going up a goal and failing to maintain the advantage added further heartbreak by the end.

But that's the beauty of soccer. A team of Japanese women who largely play in a semi-professional league in their home country were able to win the whole thing. Hopefully it helps to unify their nation in light of the tragic earthquake that struck them earlier this year.

Enjoy the morning news!

Timbers specific news

Timbers Army improving local soccer fields
While the Portland Timbers were in Chicago snapping a long losing streak this weekend, their fans were working on a community project in Southeast Portland.

Portland Timbers defeat Chicago Fire 1-0, snap three-game skid
Jack Jewsbury scores on a penalty kick and helps the Timbers end a seven-game winless streak in their first road win of the season.

Chicago Fire refusing to blame referee for Portland Timbers loss
As a Timbers fan, even I'll say that said referee was being a little generous.

Timbers get first road win
Cap'n Jack's PK earns Timbers first road win.

League news (after the jump)

2011 Women's World Cup: Japan Victory Inspires A Nation
Still heartbreaking, but it's nice Japan gets to have something to unify them.

Women's World Cup: U.S. Soccer's Loss To Japan Draws Huge TV Ratings
8.6 average. Not bad at all...

Is MLS soccer Tucson’s major league opportunity?
The possibility of Major League Soccer coming to Tucson for its annual spring training is a good news and bad news situation.

Rained Out in Vancouver
Saturday's M.L.S. match in Vancouver between the Whitecaps and Real Salt Lake was postponed because the temporary grass field placed over the turf for an exhibition match was deemed unplayable.

Agudelo and Bravo Added to M.L.S. All-Star Team
Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber added Red Bulls striker Juan Agudelo and Sporting Kansas City captain Omar Bravo to the league's all-star team on Saturday.

Impact stadium expansion delayed; some MLS games moved to Big O
Looks like Montreal might be in a similar situation as Sporting Kansas City was earlier this year.

Whitecaps players excited about Man City friendly
Given the disappointment over Saturday's washed out Major League Soccer match between the Vancouver

Despite Heartbreaking Loss, U.S. Women Give Soccer a Boost
Despite the loss, US Soccer came out ahead because of the Women's World Cup.