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Timbers Tid Bits: Preseason Elsewhere Edition

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I have been so caught up in the Timbers' preseason that it only recently occurred to me that other teams are in preseason too and that, although preseason results are a highly unreliable predictor or regular season performance, it's still interesting to look at how some other teams are doing. In today's links, I bring you a handful of other teams' preseason results, as well as the usual miscellaneous articles. Enjoy.

What we learned from RSL's 2-1 preseason loss to Seattle
Thoughts on Real Salt Lake's game against the Sounders and on Lovel Palmer.

Whitecaps Remain Undefeated in Perfect Preseason Run
With a win over the Charleston Battery in the 2013 Carolina Challenge Cup, the Whitecaps are undefeated in preseason. May it serve them as well as it served the Timbers.

Digging Deeper Into Sunday's Draw With AIK
Some thoughts on FC Dallas' draw with AIK, a thoroughly different game than the one the Timbers played later that night.

Revolution Pre-Season: New England Tops New York 3-1
The Desert Diamond Cup match was New England's first win and New York's first loss.

The Five Most Influential People in American Soccer
Five people who have had the biggest impact on American soccer, plus the honorable mentions. Anyone important they left off their list?

Galaxy announce that Donovan will rejoin club in late March
Well, for a couple months all the signs pointed to him coming back, but I am a little tired of players fake-retiring or fake-leaving MLS (looking at you, David Beckham in 2011).

Op-Ed: E Pluribus Unum
A piece about Robbie Rogers coming out and Jozy Altidore responding to racism that just makes me feel proud of the USMNT and its players.

U.S. U-20s hang on to top Haiti in CONCACAF U-20 Championship opener
The Under-20 World Cup qualifying is under way and the U.S. got of to a winning, but uneasy, start.


I'm adding this tweet to today's news, which is news in its own right.