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Timbers Tid Bits: MLS Cup Edition

As we prepare to finally, officially say goodbye and good riddance to the 2012 season, here are some Cup previews and MLS Award winners.

Victor Decolongon

Enjoy the news and enjoy the game this weekend, should you choose to watch it.

MLS Cup Predictions: What the Analysts Think...
12 MLS pundits predict the outcome of the MLS Cup and 11 of them think L.A. will repeat. But the more important question to me: how is this the first time I've ever seen someone use the word Beckeanovan?

MLS Cup: A look at the Five Key Match-ups
Five individual match-ups to watch on Saturday.

Seattle's Johnson earns MLS Comeback Player of the Year
Eddie Johnson is the Comeback Player of the year, which is apparently the second time he's won the award...

Commentary: Comeback Player award still confounding
...according to this article, which questions what should count as a comeback anyway.

Sporting KC's Nielsen voted Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year
Jimmy Nielsen beat out second place Dan Kennedy and third place Michael Gspurning but a long shot.

Crew's Higuain lands MLS Newcomer of the Year award
Federico Higuain, who nearly led the Columbus Crew to the playoffs, is the MLS Newcomer of the Year.

San Jose's Wondolowski wins 2012 Volkswagen MLS MVP
The most predicable award this season.

MLS News: Chivas GM Fired, D.C.'s Wolff Retires
Several teams make front office changes and more cuts.

Portland Timbers matches highest rated MLS games of the season on ESPN/ESPN2 and NBC Sports Network
Sort of cool. It will be even cooler when the play on the field actually merits it.