Box to Box: Timbers draw with NYRB and look ahead to FCD

Purdy debuts for El Salvador, Nagbe's father plays for Liberia National Team

Darlington Nagbe, Timbers vs. Red Bulls, 6.19.11

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No one can say the Timbers don’t provide an exciting brand of soccer. Despite the late-game let down, Portland dominated the second half of Sunday’s 3-3 draw with the New York Red Bulls. Read the some of the press recaps below and see what Timbers defender Steve Purdy had to say after El Salvador was bounced from the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Jonathan Crowl of Willamette Week has a run-down of Sunday night’s game that featured a little bit of everything, he writes.

Miss the game? Portland Mercury writer Brian Gjurgevich has an in-depth, in-game blog from Sunday night plus a video link to head coach John Spencer’s press conference following the 3-3 draw.

The Pacific Northwest and the Cascadia Cup rivalry between Portland, Vancouver and Seattle has helped push MLS toward being “cool,” writes Anne Peterson of the Associated Press.

Portland Timbers defender Steve Purdy saw his first action of the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Sunday for the El Salvador National Team. Purdy started and played the full 120 minutes as El Salvador lost on penalty kicks to Panama in the tournament’s quarterfinals. This short story from El Salvador’s La Pagina highlights Purdy expressing his thanks to the fans through his Twitter account (SPANISH).

Timbers Insider blogger Kelly McLain put up a short Q&A with Timbers midfielder Darlington Nagbe last week. Nagbe discusses his father’s return to the pitch for the Liberian National Team.

The United States National Team advanced to the semifinals of the Gold Cup following a 2-0 win over Jamaica on Sunday. The Original Winger has head coach Bob Bradley’s post-game press conference.

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Brek Shea is playing with very good form and Jackson scored late to help the Hoops beat Chivas USA 2-1 on Saturday. Luis Bueno of the Dallas Morning News has the recap.

A couple of young FC Dallas products started the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup with strong performances. Big D Soccer blogger Daniel Robertson has the run-down plus game videos.