Former Crew defender Eric Brunner says that the atmosphere in Portland will top Columbus
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Kick Off: Portland tops C-bus, Timbers debut kit

Talk about making a splash.

In his first public appearance as one of the newest members of the Portland Timbers, central defender Eric Brunner, formerly of the Crew, says he expects the atmosphere to be better in Portland than Columbus. The Nordecke has taken note.

The new Portland Timbers jerseys will be unveiled today and adidas reveals that it created 60 prototypes and interviewed several fans and former players before deciding on the final colors with the club.

When asked by overseas media who he believes to be the next targets of European clubs, ESPN soccer analyst Alexi Lalas has two MLS names in mind.

Brazilian Zé Roberto, who has been rumored to join the New York Red Bulls when his Hamburg contract expires in June 2011, is already being courted heavily by several teams in Brazil.

The Philadelphia Union and the Sons of Ben are in the Christmas spirit, working together to deliver coats to the community (VIDEO).

The Union may soon have help for their charity work from Colombian goalkeeper Faryd Mondragón as reports from Germany intensify over a potential move to MLS. Bundesliga side FC Köln will make a final decision after the conclusion of the first round of the Bundesliga season on whether he can move on a free transfer. (GERMAN)

New names associated with a move to MLS: ex-Motagua and Honduran national team player Sergio Mendoza who is out of contract and John “Tyson” Galliquio, who is a former Universitario player in Peru and reportedly has an offer from Chivas USA. (SPANISH)

Seattle Sounders GM Adrian Hanauer will speak about his club’s offseason moves in a live chat at this link (4 p.m. ET).

Leicester City manager Sven-Göran Eriksson admits that he approached David Beckham to gauge his interest in joining the Foxes in England but that his representative said “no thanks.”

American Clint Dempsey, who plays for Fulham FC, may have a new Mexican teammate, with Club América goalkeeper Guillermo “Memo” Ochoa joining the club for training. Negotiations on a transfer are still a ways away.

University of Akron head coach Caleb Porter wants the Gaucho Locos fans at UC Santa Barbara to adopt his team in the NCAA College Cup, which starts on Friday in California. Porter says he’ll buy them all the tortillas they want.

There is controversy in the college game about whether a women’s soccer coach may have been forced out at Belmont University because she shared details of her personal life.

WPS announced that the women’s pro league will play an 18-game schedule from April to August with a break for the Women’s World Cup.

As far as the men's World Cup is concerned, after Franz Beckenbauer, another influential voice has come out in favor of a winter World Cup in 2022 for Qatar.

The celebrations continued well after the match was over and fans had left the stadium for Argentine club Independiente, winners of the Copa Sudamericana on Wednesday against Brazilian club Goiás. (VIDEO)

Finally, Daniel Hernandez and Kevin Hartman inspired FC Dallas to an MLS Cup final in 2010 but what inspired them? This link shares audio clips of their favorite iTunes selections. Must-Reads:

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