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Timbers Tid Bits: Rivalry Week Edition

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Tom Hauck

Did anyone watch the the second leg of the Houston-Santos Laguna CCL quarterfinal? First of all, credit to Houston for not losing nearly as bad as Seattle did last year, but more importantly, did you catch the part where John Strong (if I heard him correctly through the haze of this illness I'm fighting) said that Houston had traveled without a second keeper and Eric Brunner was Tally Hall's designated back-up? That would have been an interesting way to make his first appearance with the Dynamo.

It's MLS's first "Rivalry Week" which, for me, means being pretty much unable to pay attention to other rivalries because I'm so singularly, obsessively focused on ours. As such, many of my links today are appropriately Timbers- and Sounders-centric. Enjoy, and for those of you heading up to Seattle this weekend, have fun and sing loud for those of us who aren't able to make it.

MLS Changes Tiebreakers … Again
MLS has a new first tiebreaker for the second year in a row.

As drought stretches over three seasons, Timbers still waiting for a PK call
An outside view of our PK deficit.

We Name the 11 Best Players in Cascadia
Everyone's getting in on rivalry week, specifically the Cascadia match-up. American Soccer Now names their all-Cascadia best XI.

The Sublime and Ridiculous Djimi Traore
A look at one of the new faces the Timbers will be seeing in Seattle.

MLS punishes 2 Salt Lake players, warns KC
The retroactive disciplinary committee is at it again. This year they're trying to put a stop to group confrontations and now we get to see what that might actually look like.

The Question: is the away-goals rule counterproductive?
The case for doing away with the away-goals rule.

In other news, I think I love Herculez Gomez