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Crystal Ball Predictions: 2013 Attendance

I did a similar post last year (see here), and I don't have a lot of time to do my predictive analysis and write out my reasoning this year. Check last year's guess for a more thorough treating of...

Oakland A's non-roster reliever as Timbers intern

Mike Ekstrom of Portland, spent his off-season as an intern in the Portland Timbers FO. Just an interesting find on the internet.


Farewell SCUSA: The cradle of RCTID

The sole sentinel of Timbers news, discussion and Timbers Army brainstorming for the entirety of the Portland Timbers Division-2 era is soon to be no more. Farewell, dear internet friend. It was...


Ryan Miller, what the Halmstad BK fans say, and videos

You can find the Swedish press has already broken the story. And Merritt Paulson welcomed. I'll leave it to the Stumptown Footy writers to talk about the breaking news. I was looking for the fan...


Timbers stuck with an adidas template kit for the next two years?

The adidas decision makers send Portland a cloned product? The inaugural MLS-Timbers kit was a work of fine detail and devotion to Timbers heritage and fan following. The Rose City Red kit was a...


Statement released by Mix's agent regarding recent rumors, Porter's interest confirmed

I never received the email in question, but I did see it here in a forum. I hope it can be confirmed it time. That said, Mikkel Diskerud and his agent have released a statement regarding the...

The smartest article on the "Beckham Effect"

Too often we see Beckham being credited for 10 new stadiums, great attendance, or adding 7 solid new teams to MLS. He didn't negotiate any of those contracts to build stadiums, raise capital for steel, or look at the financial accounts of the new owners, but he did cause teams to develop an identity in the wake of the Beckham Rule AEG lobbied to create. Also, in fans' own minds they demanded results rather than just their team seeking to have a star, which bolstered the maturity of the fan base across MLS. Good read.

A sign of progress

The company that holds and distributes all the MLS broadcasts internationally reports another season of increased demand. Things continue to move forward for MLS.

Infographic: History of Professional Soccer in the US

Incredible work and detail on the history of top division professional soccer in the US. Goes back all the way to the earliest leagues like the American Soccer League and National Association Foot Ball League (est. 1895). Link to full image here.


October Surprise: Timbers are still playoff eligible

I don't think many people would have guessed the Timbers would be playoff eligible in October with three games remaining, but they are. Vancouver's anemic play and Dallas' inability to capitalize...

NTR: The Qatar Investment Authority’s review of FIFA 13

Dirty Tackle writes a fun spoof how if PSG's owners tried to review the game.

Timbers' Valencia likely to make season debut against Sounders [Reserve]

Are we Timbers fans actually witnesses to a good story line from the year? I'm genuinely happy to finally see this guy in action. Note: I altered GCA's title to give the real story

Advice for Porter from other College to MLS coaches

Good article and great points made by Hyndman, Sigi and Arena. One point that stands out is the measure of success. The win-loss columns look different in MLS and at the professional level.

I prefer Hoggie. And if you yell Hoggie I'll recognize it.

I prefer Hoggie. And if you yell Hoggie I'll recognize it.

Ian Hogg talking to the media for the first time. If things go well we might call him Boss Hogg.

"The Two Escobars" is now streaming on Netflix

Trailer is behind the link, go to Netflix is you have a subscription. Watch a very complex history about the crossroads of drugs and the rise of Colombian soccer which reached its apex in 1994 at the World Cup. The documentary brilliantly weaves together the social, political and soccer aspects in Colombia from the 1980s until Andres Escobar, who had received offers from AC Milan prior to the World Cup and was Colombia's captain, was gunned down after scoring the own goal in USA's win over Colombia. Valencia's father is interviewed, along with the well known Pibe Valderamma [Ryan and I had a light switch cover of him growing up!]. Made me wonder about the effect this period of turmoil had on the current crop of Colombian players in MLS who would have been young children when this all took place. I certainly remember reading about the event in the newspaper in a diner in Astoria for breakfast as a young 12 year old. The murder made a big impression on me about how intertwined soccer passion is in other parts of the world. Well worth watching. It's not all soccer, but very illuminating.

We expect Jose "Trencito" Valencia to be cleared for training with the team tomorrow. He's worked...

We expect Jose "Trencito" Valencia to be cleared for training with the team tomorrow. He's worked extremely hard in his rehab efforts.

MP's Twitter. Will he see some minutes in the reserves before the year is out? It looks like a distinct possibility.

What killed the NASL?

Roger Allaway, the unofficial guardian of US soccer history, pens a short piece on dispelling the myths of what caused the demise of the NASL. While evidence of its demise may not solely be in a dump in New Mexico, it is still worthwhile to know some of the events surrounding NASL's demise.

U-23 Mark Sherrod on MAC Hermann Trophy's watch list

After having been selected as a PDL All-League member and candidate for PDL rookie of the year Sherrod gets the nod for the Hermann trophy's possible candidates. Last year Sherrod was a semifinalist for the award.

Slide Rule Pass puts Football Manager to the test

For good humor, read this. What happens if we select 10 managers and let the simulation do its work? What happens if Caleb Porter takes over, or say, John Spencer gets a second tour? Read, laugh, and cry.

405k watch the PORvFCD match on NBCSN (2.5 hour time slot)

I know, BigSoccer post is the source, but I have not found a website/twitter source. Regardless, NBCSN nets new high on PORvFCD match (previously 392k for FCDvLAG, 7/21/2012), bests the subsequent ESPN2 broadcast with the more star-studded and playoff positioning SEAvLAG match (270k, 6:00pm PDT start). Olympic lead-in and promotion paying dividends.

#rctid @StumptownFooty PORvLA TV ratings: 256k on NBCSN. Next highest was 151k [SEAvCOL]....

#rctid @StumptownFooty PORvLA TV ratings: 256k on NBCSN. Next highest was 151k [SEAvCOL]. ESPN/ESPN2 avg last year was 288k. FSC: 71k

Twittered. Source is this tweet from the NBC Sports PR twitter account, but here is a rundown of the observed TV ratings.

Bendik named MLS Humanitarian of the Month for July

GK Joe Bendik was recognized by MLS W.O.R.K.S. as the Humanitarian of the Month for his part in the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Great Strides National Walk Event. Congrats for passing on some good cheer!

MLS Editors go in detail on Horst's goal against Seattle.

MLS Editors go in detail on Horst's goal against Seattle.

Goonies Never Say Die set against San Jose's epic comeback on LA a few weeks ago.

Goonies Never Say Die set against San Jose's epic comeback on LA a few weeks ago.

888k watch POR v SEA on ESPN

To put this in context, this rating puts it above MLS Cup 2010 between glorious FC Dallas and famous Colorado Rapids. And is even higher than the average for all playoff matches on ESPN last year. It is also a very respectable 1/3 size of those who watched the England-Italy "pursefight". See this post on all the national broadcast ratings for this year.

NTR: Shevchanko to DC?

Rumors abound. Just as a quick note, he has an American wife, two kids with dual citizenship, and has a membership to the Congressional Golf Course in Bethesda, MD. If you thought the Oregon Golf Club was exclusive, think again.

TA Chants? There's an app for that

Individual TA member made a chant list for easy viewing. Simple yet effective. Not a lot of bells and whistles to see, but someone is trying to spread the love.

NTR: MLS applies for ".soccer" domain name

Soccer United Marketing, the financial and marketing arm of MLS' board of directors [aka the Owners], has applied for the .soccer domain name. So instead of .com being the norm each team in the league could end with ".soccer". It could no longer be MajorLeagueSoccerSoccer.com, but MajorLeagueSoccerSoccer.Soccer in the future. For some details on the domain name application, here is a good article from WashPo. Credit: Evangel at BigSoccer.com.

Timbers Youth System Continues to Expand, This Time South

Rogue Valley SC is partnering with the Portland Timbers and will be changing their name to Rogue Valley Timbers. Southern Oregon is now connected to the Timbers Alliance program. Off the top of my head this means that the Timbers have a partnership with four youth clubs [Eastside Timbers, Vancouver United Timbers, Westside Timbers, Rogue Valley Timbers], regional ODP squads that will feed into U-16, U-18 teams through ODP. Culminating in playing in the USSF Development Academy league. Did I miss anything? Excited to see to the Timbers expand their statewide footprint and offer a clear path for any player to reach the professional level? When I played as a youth their clubs were always solid and tightly organized. Some of that may come from the fact they played together for years, but they were coached well.

USOC Round 3: Timbers v. Cal FC [USASA]

Cal FC upsets USL Pro team Wilmington Hammerheads, after dispatching the reigning PDL Champions Kitsap Pumas in Round 1 of the 2012 US Open Cup. The team showed up and bagged four goals against a shocked Wilmington side. Apparently fraternal chemistry helped out as Danny and Diego Barrera both earned a goal. The final score was 4-0. They beat Kitsap Pumas 3-1. Find more info on them here. Guess who's coming to Portland for the match? Eric Wynalda! He is the coach for the team. Here's hoping the Timbers can deliver the bad news to Wynalda like Harkes did with his wife.

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