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Timbers Tid Bits: Bobby Rhine Edition

I made mention of it in a tweet and the news actually broke earlier this week, but I feel like we should pay our respects to former FC Dallas striker Bobby Rhine who died suddenly at the age of 35. Joining the league in 1999, Rhine was amongst the very first crop of MLS players to help solidify this league during it's most turbulent times. He was also a mentor to our very own Kenny Cooper. Rest in peace.

Enjoy the morning news!

Timbers news

Portland Timbers to face rookie goalkeeper in Philadelphia
Twenty-year-old rookie Zac McMath will make second career start against Portland Saturday

Cooper on Rhine: He’s someone I aspire to be like
Rhine was one of Cooper's mentors while he played for FC Dallas.

Portland Timbers look to continue momentum against Union
The Timbers need road wins to make the playoffs, and their first opportunity comes Saturday at struggling Philadelphia.

Portland Timbers: Ain't No Pity in the Rose City
Did you know the Timbers have more wins than the New York Red Bulls, DC United and Chivas USA?

Other news (after the jump)

Ex-Liverpool, Bolton, Blackburn striker Diouf to ponder MLS offers
At least he's not about to retire...

OSU goalie benefits through MLS experience
That kind of experience could be invaluable.

Climbing the Ladder: Predicting the MLS award season
I think John Spencer deserves some recognition, especially if the Timbers make the play-offs.

Nash pleased with Whitecaps´ MLS bow
Nice to see an inspired, not disappointed owner.

Road woes not the sole domain of the Whitecaps
There are plenty of other MLS teams who are struggling away from home.

QPR play down Beckham link
It seems like every middling EPL club has been linked to Beckham.

Sporting KC’s Chance Myers starts to come into his own
For the first time in his career Chance Myers finally healthy, and with his impressive play for Sporting Kansas City this season, it appears he has not only grown into his body, he's also grown into one of the best fullbacks in Major League Soccer.