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Timbers Tid Bits: Domestic Violence Edition

That headline is unfortunately not just some tasteless joke; two domestic violence cases over the weekend involved MLS and U.S. soccer figures.

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Those stories are here for those of you haven't seen them already. Aside from that, we have leg 2 conference final previews, Professional Referee Organization general manager acknowledging that Ricardo Salazar missed a major call in leg 1, and the announcement of the year-end awards finalists.

Mixed Messages as Soccer Hit by Domestic Abuse
Recent domestic violence cases involving FC Dallas CEO Doug Quinn and U.S. women's goalkeeper Hope Solo have left fans looking for a strong message.

Jerramy Stevens, Hope Solo reportedly got married hours after court appearance
This whole saga is weird.

Injury Update: Neither Rosales, Gonzalez 100%; Martinez Available
Injuries will continue to be a factor for Seattle this weekend.

Patience Is A Virtue: Why D.C. United Must Stay Composed To Defeat The Houston Dynamo
D.C. United needs to stay calm and not come out seeming desperate at the opening whistle.

Slide Rule Pass - Kits
Kevin Alexander is having fun with Photoshop and designing us new jerseys. Check out the second bunch as well.

MLS announces the finalists for year-end awards
MLS released the finalists for MVP and all other awards on Thursday. Who should win? Who was snubbed?

The FIFA Puskás Award -
Eric Hassli has been nominated for the 2012 FIFA Puskás Award. Vote for him if you like I suppose, but more importantly, you should watch the video of all the goals, because wow.

Head Ref Admits Blown Call in Houston Win
The head of officiating in the United States admits that Andre Hainault should have been given a red card in the first half of the match with D.C. last weekend. I guess there's no retroactive disciplinary committee in the playoffs?

Why MLS Cracks Down on Homophobia Harder Than Any Other League
Major League Soccer is the only professional league that seems to take seriously the risk that gay slurs will alienate fans. Why?