Fans of the Portland Timbers celebrate prior to their match in Colorado. Chicago will be the first club to experience the home atmosphere in Portland as the Timbers host the Fire on Thursday.
Call this the 'Get Ready for Portland' and the 'Last Call for Sounders/Fire' edition. General team links are after the break too. Forunately Patrick Nyarko should be good to go on Thursday despite that terrible challenge from Seattle's Servando Carrasco.
Chicago Team Notes
Comfort level high for coach and Fire - Chicago Tribune
In 2nd season, de los Cobos and team finally on same page
'Lucky' Nyarko looks to be ready Thursday - Chicago Fire Blog - ESPN Chicago
Patrick Nyarko expects to be ready for Portland following a vicious hit Saturday
Weekly Notes | Chicago Fire Soccer Club
Fire make Portland debut; welcome Galaxy to Chicago
Seattle vs. Chicago
The Seattle Sounders could certainly use a healthy Fredy Montero back in the starting XI. In the striker's absence, however, Mauro Rosales has quickly emerged as a credible threat with the ball. So much so, it would seem, that Coach Sigi Schmid might have a bit of a dilemma on his hands come later this week should Montero be deemed fit to play in Seattle's next match against Philadelphia. Rosales has played well enough in his past two games -- including Saturday afternoon's 2-1 win over the Chicago Fire...
EXTRA TIME - Everyone's seeing red about red cards
Coaches and players all over Major League Soccer are seeing red, and the folks at the league headquarters should be too.