Portland still appears on the road to MLS, but it seems to be a bumpier road than anyone expected when the city and league held the expansion announcement celebration in March.
Bringing PGE Park up to MLS standards while trying to figure out what to do with the Triple-A Beavers is proving to be a puzzle whose pieces are not yet all in place.
However, the city council has agreed to separate the issues -- working on the Timbers' home as one issue and the Beavers' home as another. And that should help. Although the Sept. 1 deadline for MLS still looms.
Here's the latest from The Oregonian.