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Timbers Tid Bits: International Weekend Edition

No Portland Timbers game this weekend on account of the fact that it's a FIFA designated international weekend. This means that nations from all voer the world will be playig in either friendlies (like the USA vs. Costa Rica match) or qualifiers for their various continental division championship tournaments. The reason why this is note-worthy is because this marks the first time MLS has actively attempted to respect the international weekend and schedule as few games as possible. Good on you MLS!

Enjoy the morning news!

Timbers specific news

JELD-WEN Field awarded prestigious LEED® green building certification
Fancy!

Timbers Reserves draw 3-3 with Galaxy Reserves
Congrats to the reserve side and Darlington Nagbe for pulling two late goals back.

Meet your Portland Timbers photo contest winner
OregonLive.com contributor Bradley York details how he shot the winning photo, "Sharing the Goal."

MLS news (after the jump)

Music to the ears of seven MLS teams
Jeld-Wen Field is part of this little alliance, by the way.

Columbus signs Warzycha to new multi-year deal
The Columbus Crew signed coach Robert Warzycha to a new multi-year contract Thursday.

MLS Stadia Form Seven-Strong Alliance; WPS CEO Resigns
I seriously wonder if the WPS will be around next year.

Visa renews partnership with SUM
Yay?

Union break about to end
the RSL and Philadelphia Union game is one of just two MLS matches this weekend.

MLS offers higher standard than SPL
Not surprising. Aside from Rangers and Celtic the SPL isn't that great of a league.

For M.L.S., Fixtures at an Exhibition
For the first time, MLS planned to go completely dark for this international weekend. They almost made it too...

Why unsung hero Jeff Cunningham is Major League Soccer's answer to Alan Shearer
I'm not sure who Alan Shearer is, but maybe some of you do!