As some of you might know, I'm a bit of a sucker for stadiums. As such, given the video in the links below I've dedicated today's links round up to Vancouver's upcoming home opener at BC Place, which is sure to be a fantastic stadium, even if they'll be playing second to the BC Lions. I think I'm most fascinated by the mechanics involved. For those that don't know, for Whitecaps games, the roof is supposed to close down, effectively eliminating half the seats making for a more intimate soccer experience.
Better yet, the Portland Timbers will help open the place on October 2nd, a game I certainly plan on attending.
Enjoy the morning news and links!
Timbers specific news
Timbers Army rocks Jeld-Wen Field as Portland Timbers defeat L.A. Galaxy (photo essay)
As always, OregonLIve.com delivers with the photos. Spectacular.
Portland aims to build momentum against San Jose
For just the second time in the team's last 11 games, the Portland Timbers have the opportunity to build on a win.
Match Report: Timbers 3, LA 0
As always a fantastic match report from Timbers Insider.
League news (after the jump)
BC Place tour
Over the weekend there was an open house at the future home of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Take a look at what everyone is talking about.
Alvaro Saborio's suspension the latest example of Major League Soccer's anti-diving crackdown
A great endeavor. I don't like divers and I certainly don't respect them.
Dallas GK Hartman named MLS Player of the Month
FC Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman was named Major League Soccer's Player of the Month for July on Thursday.
Busy schedule brings Union homego fire, ppl park,
On the heels of earning a point in the standings at Chicago, the Philadelphia Union will play host Saturday to the Houston Dynamo in a Major League Soccer game at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.
Scholes tribute night heralds Cosmos return to big time
New York Cosmos play their first game in more than 20 years at Old Trafford for Paul Scholes’ testimonial.