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Timbers Tid Bits: Done With Friendlies Edition

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Well not quite, but after tonight's game against Independiente we can finally get back to focusing on nothing but the regular season. I'm not one of those people who goes around toting "Trophies over Friendlies" antra you've probably been seeing on Twitter lately. I don't believe the two are mutually exclusive. That said, I think four in a single season might be a little much, especially with three crammed into a single month. Ideally I'd like to see a maximum of two per year. But that's just me.

Anyway, enjoy the morning news!

Timbers specific news

Ticket Giveaway: Portland Timbers vs. Toronto FC
Dave from Dave Knows Portland is giving away two tickets to this Saturday's game!

John Spencer labels Portland Timbers' next two games as "massive"
Timbers need to win against woeful Toronto to boost playoff hopes.

Timbers face historic Argentine Club Atletico Independiente in final exhibition
The Timbers face top Argentine Club Atletico Independiente Tuesday in their final scheduled exhibition of the season.

League news (after the break)

Javier Hernandez desperate to face Omar Bravo with Manchester United
Javier Hernandez would be going head to head with a hero if he managed to play any part of Wednesday night's MLS All-Star game against Manchester United.

David Beckham sees future in MLS if he stays healthy
At 36, David Beckham says he's happy playing for the Los Angeles Galaxy, but he'll evaluate how he feels at the end of the season.

For Manchester United, an Off-Season Tour That's All Business
The Premier league club is earning $2 million per game.

Impact can learn from mistakes of others
First they should concentrate on winning in their current league though.

WPS should affiliate and associate with MLS
I agree, but, at the same time, I'm not sure if MLS can afford to take on a little sister.

Opportunity knocks for Boxall
Few Major League Soccer rookies start eight straight games for their clubs.

‘In time we will produce a team as good as Manchester United’ - MLS commissioner Don Garber
I mean that's the dream, but with such a strict salary cap and lack of a free market between MLS teams I'd say unlikely as of now.

I'm done with Europe: Thierry Henry
Well it's nice to see at least one of MLS's two megastars have a little conviction.