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Timbers Tid Bits: Argentina Edition

The last international friendly for the season kicks off tomorrow against Argentina's own Independiente! Not a huge team, mind you, but I do recall a few people in a poll I created earlier this year that specifically asked for a South American club to come visit. I hope you're pleased with the choice. Personally, I'd have liked a Bundesliga team. I think the two leagues I fairly similar to each other and MLS fans would really take a liking to the German league as a whole were the exposed to it a bit more. But that's just me...

Enjoy the morning news!

Timbers specific news

Ryan Pore Joins Montreal Impact on Loan From Portland Timbers
In case you hadn't heard.

Comparing the Whitecaps and the Timbers
Fairly neutral article that points out how well the Timbers have done, but then, for seemingly no reason, decides that the Vancouver Whitecaps will be the better team in the future.

Danso’s own goal sinks Portland Timbers in Columbus
Really the blame has to go to Marcelin for centering the ball when he should have cleared it.

Colombian players making an impact in MLS
MLS teams finding talent for reasonable prices. Diego Chara and Jorge Perlaza are just such an example.

League news (after the jump)

MLS demeans itself with summer 'football' follies
An argument against having friendlies in America.

MLS teams are out of their league in exhibitions
No surprise there. Anybody who thinks that an MLS team could beat the likes of Manchester United or Real Madrid on a regular basis should think again.

Calf strain knocks Los Angeles Galaxy's Landon Donovan out of ASG
Landon Donovan missed the Galaxy's friendly Sunday afternoon against Manchester City with a strained right calf.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber talks about growth of league with All-Star Game headed to Red Bull Arena
An interesting interview/article ahead of the MLS All Star game.

Can Union and Crew keep it together?
Ives Galarcep examines the merits of Philadelphia Union and Columbus Crew coaches Peter Nowak and Robert Warzycha.

Kamara nominated for MLS Goal of the Week
Sporting Kansas City's Kei Kamara is nominated for the Major League Soccer AT&T Goal of the Week for his beautiful bicycle kick in Saturday's 4-2 win over Toronto.