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Timbers Tid Bits: And Then There Were Four Edition

The conference semifinals are over and we've gone from eight playoff teams to four.

Mike Stobe

I watched about 60 minutes of the game between D.C. and New York last night before I had to go to my Italian class. And then, as I learned today while finding the news for this post, everything happened. So today's news starts with Black and Red United's take on that game, while I go find the highlights.

D.C. United Vs. New York Red Bulls: Nick DeLeon's Late Winner Propels United To The Next Round

Red Bulls Announce Contract for Hans Backe Will Not Be Extended
It's official.

With early playoff exit, offseason changes inevitable
It is now pretty certain that Real Salt Lake will see major changes to the core of their team this offseason. Let the speculation begin!

MLS playoffs: Five things we learned
Houston is SKC's bogey team, Hans Backe and the Red Bulls can't shake a curse from the MetroStar days, and other things the playoffs have taught us so far.

In M.L.S., No. 1's Are Done
"We’ve been the best team in this league since July," says Bruce Arena.

According to Nuremberg, Chandler set for USMNT return
Timmy Chandler's club says he has been called up for the upcoming friendly against Russia and that he plans to accept.

Timmy Chandler: The Problem? Solution? Both?
And on that subject, American Soccer Now says it is time for him to make a decision. He needs to be in for real, or get out.

Landon Donovan's Legacy Will Be Just Fine
If you're like me and you never get sick of watching Donovan's goal vs. Algeria and hearing the commentator shout "Go, go USA!" then this link with that video is just for you. Also, this article is from before the second leg of the conference semifinals and it's amusing to read the first paragraph and consider how quickly everyone wrote off last years Supporters Shield and MLS Cup winners after the first leg.