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December 21, 2009 at 1:22 PM

Taking a spin around American pro soccer

Let me start by clarifying something about the MLS CBA talks. Owners ARE part of the negotiation process. But some want the league to amend its stance and give the players more rights, while others prefer the status quo. So they are not all on the same page here, which further muddles things.
Let’s move down south to Portland, where Gavin Wilkinson will be back as Timbers’ head coach for the 2010 season. But a candidate for D.C. United’s open head coaching position is no longer, because he is reported to be targeting the Timbers job when Portland joins MLS in 2011.
John Spencer, reports my pal Bernado Fallas for the Houston Chronicle, is a Dynamo assistant who turned down an interview from D.C. and whose name has been linked to the Portland job in recent days.
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Portland, which will make its MLS debut in 2011, would seem to appeal to Spencer, 39. As an expansion team, it would offer him a chance to build from scratch and put his stamp on the team.
Also, the Pacific Northwest seems to appeal to Spencer, who last year interviewed for the Seattle job.
“This team, which I can’t name for obvious reasons, contacted me and said they’d love for me to come in,” said Spencer, who has spent the past four seasons as an assistant to Dominic Kinnear. “Everything went fantastically well.”
If Portland is the team after Spencer and he gets the job, he likely would remain with the Dynamo through the 2010 season.

The Timbers declined comment.
You might remember Glenn Davis, the guy who ably subbed for Kevin Calabro for a couple of games on play-by-play when KC was working the NBA playoffs. Davis writes a column for the Chronicle, and he writes that Pat Onstad, the Dynamo keeper you Sounders fans love to hate (some of you anyway) said this.

“We are preparing for a work stoppage and guys are looking at other areas of employment.”

And Andrew Winner of writes that Sounders FC players are focusing on their strength and conditioning program after being out-physicaled in games last season with the help of technology. Specifically a Portland company’s product called Omegawave with fitness coach David Tenney leading the effort.

The Sounders became aware of the Portland-based company’s product after the team saw another Omegawave client, Chelsea FC, using the tool at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. According to Tenney, FC Barcelona credited Omegawave with helping make decisions on when to rotate players on the club’s successful European Cup run in 2009.
The system has allowed Sounders FC to individualize regimens designed to address each player’s weaknesses, which can be anything from core strength to muscle mass or weight loss. Tenney corresponds regularly with each player by e-mail.
About 10 players have stayed in the area and go through regular workouts with Tenney at the club’s facilities. For some players, the aim is to increase speed, strength, and quickness. For others, the goal is to prevent injury.


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