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Dan Brunell

  • joined Jul 05, 2010
  • last login Jul 22, 2014
  • posts 24
  • comments 1514

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  • NCAAF Oregon Ducks
  • General Glasgow Celtic, Derry City, San Lorenzo de Almagro
  • Bundesliga St. Pauli
  • MLS Portland Timbers
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Meditations on MLS: MLS, Liga MX, and the Future

Dan Brunell meditates on how MLS can compete on the global market.

The Great South American Timbers Tour: Defenders

Commentor Dan Brunell is back with another look through some South American prospects. This time he is giving us the skinny on the defensive end of the pitch. Check it out and don't forget to give...

The Great South American Timbers Tour: Forwards

Commenter Dan Brunell gives us a break down of potential forward transfer targets for the Timbers from Gavin Wilkinson and Caleb Porter's recent trip to South America.

Dike to trial with Celtic.

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Regardless of what you think of Celtic, Scottish football, or the SPFL - this is a great opportunity for Dike. Good luck to him.

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TV Ratings: Time to address the elephants in the room.

I would strongly urge everyone to read this Sports Daily Journal article about MLS attendance and television ratings.To give you some attendance highlights: Attendance is down 1% but still above...

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Portland Timbers & MLS Fifa 14 Ultimate Team Ratings

Source: http://www.futhead.com/ I know video games are in the land of lala when developing who is better than whom. However, a couple of things that stood out to me: I think Will...

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Clive Charles: 10 years on.

via www.up.edu Looking at twitter today, someone noted that it's 10 years to the day since Clive Charles died. I have a belief that no one really dies as long as they are remember in the...

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Seattle Away Meet Up?

I don't know how many of you are go to the Seattle game on Sunday - if you want to go, the Army has opened up away tickets for non-menbers. Bus/ticket combo: h...

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Dempsey-gate in the after glow...

Note: Story has been modified because I'm a lousy copy editor. In the after glow of the dumpster fire known as Dempsey-gate, I'm left with a couple of musings. There is one thing that bothers me...

Jamacian International footballer failed a drug test

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"On the 23rd July, 2013 the JFF received the following notification from the Chief Medical Officer of the FIFA: "During the World Cup Qualifying match, Honduras vs Jamaica, on June 11, 2013 a member of the Jamaican squad returned an adverse analytical finding on his urine sample." The testing was carried out by the FIFA. This means that the ensuing process will be managed by the FIFA. The player has been informed and we await further information from the FIFA. The JFF has taken this matter very seriously and a thorough investigation has already started by the chairman of the JFF Medical Committee." There no indication of who it is. I certainly hope it's not Ricketts, Powell, or even Palmer.

Chara makes FIFA 13 Team of the Week

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I think this makes him the first Timber ever to be so selected.

Gene Olaff: An American soccer treasure

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Roger Bennett of Men in Blazers fame sought out and interviewed Gene Olaff - the oldest sentient former United States international. It is worth it to read the whole article, but I especially loved the last paragraph. Where he said: "When I watch television and see that packed stadium in Portland, I cannot believe it is in America. I could never have dreamed of a scene like that when I grew up in the 1920s and soccer was strictly for immigrants," he admitted. "But when you look at my life, you see, it has taken a good long time for it to get to where it is today."

BBC: 'In the six' and football's other strange Americanisms

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I found this a bit funny. No mention of "Upper 90's" though...

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Thoughts on NYC2...

I'm sure everyone has seen the news of NYC2: http://prosoccertalk.nbcsports.com/2013/04/29/man-city-owner-set-to-fund-new-mls-franchise-in-nyc/ To give you the Cliff Notes: The MLS' 20th...

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Should we spend our ex-Boyd DP slot on a centerback?

Seeing that we are starting to get rather thin at center back, I have a simple question:If Merritt is willing to spend, is it worth it to spend our ex-Boyd DP slot on a high-quality centerback? If...

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Cascadia National Team in FIFA 13

I took some time out this weekend and made a Cascadia National Team on EA Sports FIFA 13 Creation Center. If you have FIFA 13 on PS3, you should be able to download it. If you cannot find it by a...

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Boyd now with Killie

Kilmarnock and Kris Boyd have agreed to a contract till the end of the season. As per the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/21581192 Some interesting quotes about his time with the...

Paddy McCourt to the Timbers?

File this under "don't believe it till you see it" but according to the Herald (Dublin), Portland has been strongly linked to Celtic's Northern Irish left winger Paddy McCourt. LINK: h...

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Safe standing - Possible future for the north end.

Sorry, been away for too long. Work by day and studying for an MBA by night has killed my PTFC loving lately. My friends over in the UK shared this link with me. LINK: h...

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Who up for podcasting?

Based on the post I wrote a few months ago, there seemed to be interested in doing a fans podcast.I was wondering if anyone would be interested in recording one this week as a pilot podcast? I was...

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Anyone interested in podcasting

This is something I've been think about for a while and wanted to throw it out there into Stumptown Footy land to see if there is any interest.

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Timbers Silly Season: Keep, Trade, or Throw Away

So since we are in the world-wide transfer season and it's obvious that the Timbers need to make a move - whether to trade for the future or make a outside run to the playoffs - what should the...

Timber Joey on the Men in Blazers Podcast

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The Men in Blazers podcast takes time out from their EPL analysis and World War One poetry reading to talk to Timber Joey about his "thoughts on love, life, and chainsaw circumcision." It's a pretty funny interview. Here is a link to the podcast. Fast forward to minute 31 if you want to skip past the interview with Don Garber.

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