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Timbers Tid Bits: FIFA 12 Edition

Got my copy in yesterday but wasn't able to actually sit down with it until about 9:00pm unfortunately so my review of the game might be delayed until tomorrow. That said, I will say that I'm loving the new physics system as it brings a whole new level of realism not experienced prior, but I'm hating the new defense system. For some reason the defending AI just seems far weaker than it was in previous games. Maybe it's just a learning curve, we'll see...

I'll also be doing game simulation previews now whereby I'll let the computer play as both sides and then report on the outcome. It's all for fun, obviously, and is in no way indicative of the actual result but I hope it'll lend to the experience a bit more.

Finally, if you have a PS3 and FIFA 12 feel free to add me: BacteriaEP. I'm not very good and I don't have a mic, but I like playing online!

Enjoy the morning news!

Timbers news

Spencer looks to adjust midfield in light of card suspensions
Kalif Alhassan and captain Jack Jewsbury will be serving one-game suspensions this weekend.

Vote for MLS Save of the Week: Wk. 28
Troy Perkins is, once again, up for Save of the Week.

Bright Dike scores twice as Timbers' reserves defeat Chivas 5-1
Hot damn! Exciting reserve game. Too bad I couldn't go...

Other news (after the jump)

Is it time for Instant Replay in Major League Soccer?
No. Anything that slows down the game is going to ruin the primary reason why soccer is enjoyable.

Downturn reminds MLS of CCL's trials
Bruce Arena's LA Galaxy are not the only team to see fortunes fade in CONCACAF Champions League.

GALAXY: Winning's a must, no matter the calls
The Galaxy's failure to reach the knockout stage of the CONCACAF Champions League would be remembered primarily for the phantom offside calls.

Real Salt Lake on the rise once again in its most trying season
Real Salt Lake scored three first-half goals to beat the New York Red Bulls last week before falling to D.C. Unted.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber Attends Beyond Sport United, Commits to Quest for Social Change
Lots of sports politicking it seems.

Highlight-reel Hassli eager to regain scoring magic
Eric Hassli scored what should be the Goal of the Year in Major League Soccer this season. (I'd say Nagbe's is at least tied...)

Seattle shows class in reaching last eight
Ives Galarcep reflects on Seattle Sounders' achievement in becoming the first MLS team to reach the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.