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Timbers Tid Bits: The Hexagonal Hurts Edition

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Well, that was kind of a rough start to things yesterday. The U.S. briefly, ever so briefly, had victory in its sights before conceding an equalizing goal and, as the game neared its end, a game-winner to Honduras. And yes I know, it is hard to win on the road in CONCACAF and it is too soon to panic, but doesn't it hurt a little to be the only team that lost yesterday? Even Jamaica managed a draw with Mexico in Estadio Azteca. But it's time to move on, and after including a couple links about yesterday's game in today's news, that's exactly what I'll do.

Buckle up. Gus Johnson is being groomed to be Fox Sports's leading commentator during the 2018 World Cup.

The Ivory Coast, the Africa Cup of Nations, and Why You Don't Want a Golden Generation in Football
My favorite fun fact here is that in various ACoN games over the years, the Ivory Coast has had shootouts go to 8, 11, and 12 penalty kicks.

Match-fixing probe: 680 suspicious games worldwide
This is really just depressing.

Report: MLS bans electronic communication in locker rooms
The move is a step to keep match-fixing out of MLS.

Armchair Analyst: Pressure's on? Not in San Pedro Sula
MLS Analyst Matt Doyle identifies three problems in the Americans' game yesterday.

Honduras 2, USA 1: Match Observations
The observation I find the most interesting here, and the one I really can't decide if I'm convinced by, is that the USMNT missed Landon Donovan. Could Donovan have made a difference in Honduras?

WCQ: Jamaica make history while Saborio leads Ticos
I am including this mostly so that we can all let this phrase blow out minds: "Ricketts was the man of the match."