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Timbers Tid Bits: Handball Edition

So I decided, probably with my better judgement, to not dedicate an entire post against Kalif Alhassan's mythical handball. Instead I'll just mini-rant here...

Anyways, I've watched and rewatched the highlights many times now. I've tried to understand where the handball was. But it flat out was not there. The ball hit his chest and bounced off. You can even see where Alhassan puffed out his chest to knock it out. It was a great save by the young midfielder, nothing more...

Oh and Henry's reaction? For somebody who intentionally handled a ball out of goal not 2 years past to claim that this was a handball? Priceless!

P.S. Some have stated the handball should have been for Futty as one angle definitely shows that it looked like it his his arm, but based on another replay angle it clearly shows the ball going under his arm and coming off Lovel Palmer's knee. Again... no handball!

I'm done. Enjoy your morning news!

Timbers news

TA Away Game Travel Guide to Vancouver
Travelling to BC this weekend? Here's your TA guide.

Role of Portland looms large on respective women's national teams
Rapinoe is a former UP player...

Timbers' academy could have dramatic impact on prep soccer
High Schools simply can't keep up with the development young players need. Time for them to move on.

Contrasting the USWNT match versus the Portland Timbers: passion comes in all forms
Timbers Army or no, support for the game is here in Portland.

Other news (after the jump)

Expansion Whitecaps admit they might have set bar too high
Perhaps so. The Timbers, meanwhile, have been comparatively conservative and look where it's gotten them!

Shriver has eye on MLS again
Brian Shriver is hoping his successful stint with the Strikers will be a springboard to a second chance in Major League Soccer.

The Red Bulls' Rafa Conundrum
Red Bulls Coach Hans Backe declined to say if Rafa Marquez would play Saturday at Toronto.

Whitecaps hope to get fresh start at BC Place stadium
Hopefully not until after this weekend...

Montreal Impact turns page on NASL after missing playoffs
Goodbye, North American Soccer League. Hello, Major League Soccer.

The Monteal Impact Wraps Up The 2011 Season
Does this mean Ryan Pore is coming home?

Major League Soccer and Real Salt Lake should take a bow
Real Salt Lake sold out a match during one of the state's most heated college football games, 40 miles away.

The Whitecaps: End of an Empire
The Whitecaps played their final game at Empire Field this past weekend.