Box to Box: Kalif among SI's best, Ajax comes to Portland

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Kalif Alhassan, Timbers vs. Crew, 5.21.11

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Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer

The Timbers continued their undefeated run at home with a 1-0 win over Columbus on Saturday. The week ahead sees Dutch champions AFC Ajax visit JELD-WEN Field for an international exhibition on Wednesday before the Timbers return to league play with a Sunday tilt against D.C. United.

The Oregonian’s Paul Buker has a game story from Saturday’s match with mention of a certain “motivational” text message head coach John Spencer sent to defender Eric Brunner the night before the game.

Timbers midfielder Kalif Alhassan, who earned his fifth assist of the season on Saturday, is one of Sports Illustrated's Top 10 Best New MLS Players.

Filmmaking collective Juliet Zulu brings us this exceptional video of Saturday’s game against Columbus with the tagline, “Perfect at home. Because home is perfect.”

Ajax Preview, Crew Review

Each week, we’ll give you some insight behind enemy lines and show you what they’re saying about the Timbers’ opponent.

Columbus Crew head coach Robert Warzycha talks about missed chances and the optimist in Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch says the Columbus Crew offense is close to coming together.

AFC Ajax earned a 2-1 win on Sunday over D.C. United. An 87th-minute winner from 22-year-old Vurnon Anita handed Ajax the victory.

British football magazine FourFourTwo brings us this story of Ajax’s championship season and the effect of new head coach Frank De Boer.