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Timbers Tid Bits: Gotta Love The Off Season! Edition

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Roster moves, homegrown signings, and trade rumors all over the league.

Official: Chelís is Chivas USA Coach
The rumor I posted in Monday's news has been confirmed.

Sporting KC trades for defender Ike Opara
Many of you may have seen this news in the comments yesterday.

Sporting KC acquires midfielder Benny Feilhaber
Kansas City traded allocation money, their first-round 2014 SuperDraft pick and their second round 2015 SuperDraft pick.

Galaxy sign Sorto as Homegrown Player
18-year-old defender Oscar Sorto is the club's fourth Homegrown Player.

Uncertainty Surrounds Galaxy Goalkeeper Spot
Head coach Bruce Arena said he has not decided whether or not to bring back starting goalkeeper Josh Saunders. If they don't bring Saunders back, who will take his spot?

The Designated Player: 2012 MLS Awards
The Designated Player's awards for best team, best fans, and the best player (who is, fittingly, a DP).

10 MLS Players Who Could Move Abroad in January
I recently posted American Soccer Now contributor Josh Deaver's picks for players likely to be coming to MLS DPs. Now he looks at 10 players likely to go the other way and leave MLS to play in elsewhere.

Thinking the Unthinkable: Rebranding D.C. United?
Black and Red United debates the pros and cons of rebranding.

Jones suspended four games for recent ejection
Jermaine Jones has earned a four-game suspension for a tackle in last weekend's game against Stuttgart, which puts him in the same position he was about this time last year. Perhaps earning a hefty suspension is his Christmas tradition.

Lionel Messi's record belongs to Godfrey Chitalu, claims Zambia's FA
The Zambia FA is planning to challenge Messi's record.

Goal-line technology lines up for debut
It has arrived!