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Timbers Tid Bits: Is It March Yet? Edition

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We're just under a week out from the first game of the preseason tournament, season ticket holders have received emails that they're tickets are on their way, and I am sure we are all so very ready to be back at Jeld-Wen Field. March 3rd is only 19 days away! Enjoy today's news, and may the days pass quickly.

US Women start year with a bang
The USWNT had a fairly unpublicized friendly with Scotland over the weekend. Here's a recap of the first game of 2013 and the first game under new head coach Tom Sermanni.

Report: Seattle, SLC, Columbus, KC targeted for WCQs
Grant Wahl has tweeted that USSF aims to have its remaining home qualifiers in Columbus, Salt Lake City, Kansas City, and Seattle. I would push aside my feelings of jealousy to attend that match in Seattle.

Monday Postgame: Has MLS made WCQs tougher on US?
As the quality of MLS improves, is it benefiting other CONCACAF teams more than the U.S. and making World Cup qualifying harder on us?

Thierry Henry: Deduct points from teams with abusive fans
Thierry Henry talks about racism in soccer.

Revs sign forward Chad Barrett, defender Bilal Duckett
The New England Revolution has officially signed Chad Barrett, who they picked up in the Re-Entry draft, and defender Bilal Duckett, who joins the team on a free transfer from the Harrisburg City Islanders.

American Soccer in 1985: The End of the Beginning
American Soccer Now relives the last time the United States didn't qualify for the World Cup, a nightmare scenario we're all hoping not to relive this year. Part two is here.