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Timbers Fiddly Bits: Cascadia Cup Edition

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This is it. With the Club America game gone and away, we can all turn our attention to the weekend's real match up. The Cascadia Cup is upon us once again and this time Seattle are taking a visit down to Portland. No doubt it's going to be a lot of fun for everyone involved. I have a lot to say about the upcoming match but I'll refrain from doing so in this post. Look for continued coverage throughout today and tomorrow, however, starting with a scouting report.

Until then enjoy the morning news.

Timbers specific news

Timbers' top enemy Levesque may feature from start
I wouldn't be surprised. He's on a hot streak.

Opposite results since rivals’ draw
Sounders FC and the Portland Timbers have gone in opposite directions since their inaugural Major League Soccer derby ended in a 1-1 draw.

Timbers Fall To Club America
It was a fun game, but you really couldn't expect much with most starters sitting out.

Key for Timbers vs. Sounders: Stopping Levesque
I'm not sure I agree with this. Sure, he's been on a run lately, but I still see more important players to stop.

Handing out midseason MLS awards
Cap'n Jack won "Breakout player of the year."

Angel Reyna scores as Club America beats Timbers of MLS 1-0 in international exhibition
It was a good game. Nice to see players like Rodrigo Lopez and Freddie Braun getting some minutes. And Dike!

League news (after the jump)

Hawaii soccer event takes aim overseas
Looks like the Pan-Pacific tourney is coming back!

Montreal Impact nearing decision on coach for MLS debut
The search for who will guide the Impact in Major League Soccer in 2012 is winding down.

The Throw-In: Sounders a victim of their own expectations?
We have another word for that here in Portland... "ego."

Dominic Oduro looking for another goal — and rare Fire win
Dominic Oduro scored his fifth goal of the season for the Fire last Saturday, tying him with midfielder Marco Pappa for the team lead.

Trading Harvey may open doors for Union
The Union made a trade Thursday afternoon that does not immediately improve their club. But the ramifications of the transaction could.

A Different Kind of MLS Mid-Season Awards
Apparently the media talks about the Cascadia Cup too much.