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Timbers Tid Bits: Klinsmann Edition

So last night's game was interesting. The first half showed a largely unorganized, disconnected American side that was being beat everywhere on the field by the Mexican Gold Cup champions. The second half saw a revitalized American side that was more dominating. It was literally a game of two halves. The ref was, well, a CONCACAF ref... he had his own mistakes. Some more glaring than others. All in all the 1-1 tie was fitting for the overall performance. More importantly I think I really like Klinsmann. His positive demeanor and style is very refreshing coming off the hardline, stoic Bob Bradley. It'll be interesting to see how the national side comes together in the next few games.

Enjoy the morning news!

Timbers specific news

Timbers' Cooper adamant about keeping starting role
After his last couple games I'd say he deserves the spot.

Behind the Axe: recapping the weekend in San Jose, looking at Timbers player status
Looking back at the weekend that was in San Jose, including players returning, ongoing injury news, and the potential of player signings.

League news (after the jump)

Chivas USA lining up Adu as Designated Player
Young, ambitious maybe... Designated Player quality? I'm not so sure.

Whitecaps DeMerit, Thorrington keen on being United in D.C.
Jay DeMerit and John Thorrington worked diligently together doing various exercises Wednesday.

ESPN Criticized For Sticking With LLWS Instead Of U.S.-Mexico Kickoff
Putting the Little League World Series over a USMNT team game is disgraceful.

Winners And Losers Of The MLS Rights Deal With NBC Sports
The ESPN bit is the most interesting part.

Montreal Impact names Jesse Marsch coach for inaugural MLS season
Former USMNT assistant coach.

Updated: NBC Sports Group Nets Major League Soccer Rights Deal
Some more info on the MLS-NBC deal including some quotes from Fox Soccer.