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Timbers Tid Bits: Fourth of July Edition

I hope everybody had a fantastic holiday weekend. Despite the Timbers losing Saturday at home... again... I personally had a great weekend. It was just unfortunate that the Fourth this year happened upon a Monday which means it was a pretty tame holiday. Oh well. Looking ahead to this week, the Timbers will host Club America in a friendly. Should be fun. Sunday, however, is where the real battle begins with the Seattle Sounders coming down for mid-day game. Should be fun!

Here's the day's news.

Timbers specific news

Local Kid Spencer Thompson Seeks MLS Dream With Portland Timbers
Ahwatukee's Spencer Thompson is playing for one of the most well-supported clubs in Major League Soccer, the Portland Timbers.

Portland's losing skid sapping their confidence
Spencer's thoughts on last weekend's game.

Nagbe provides highlight, but Timbers left still looking for answers
Great goal in an otherwise disappointing effort.

Timbers’ early season magic evaporating
Sporting Kansas City continued its midseason run, scoring twice in the first 20 minutes to win 2-1, sending Portland to its fifth loss in six games, and disappoint the 18,627 fans at Jeld-Wen Field.

Same old, same old for Timbers
Early goals are becoming a regular occurrence.

League news (after the jump)

Former Michigan star Soony Saad signs with Major League Soccer
After testing the European waters for a pro club, former Michigan soccer star Soony Saad has decided to stay home to sign with Major League Soccer.

Whitecaps looking to bolster roster
New players are expected to help the beleaguered Canadian side.

Jason Kreis has altered the course of team history
A brief history lesson of Jason Kreis, Real Salt Lake's head coach.

Sounders' Hanauer man behind dream
Adrian Hanauer was the man who helped bring Major League Soccer to Seattle.

Piotr Nowak is Building a Legacy at Philadelphia Union
Philadelphia Union manager Piotr Nowak is one of the best coaching minds in Major League Soccer. The former Polish international knows what is needed.

Whitecaps take frustration out on each other
Another loss for our neighbors in the north.

Major League Soccer All-Star Ballot Features Improvements Over 2010
A look at how this year's All Star team could be the best one yet.

U.S. Women need better performance up front
Looks like our once dominant Women's soccer team is struggling.