Sounders Insider

SI looks at Portland's limp to MLS takes a good look at the current state of MLS expansion into Portland.

Since the joyous expansion announcement back at March and with the USL-1 Timbers' dazzling season, these should be pretty heady times for soccer fans in the Rose City. However, the fact is that the deal to bring Portland into MLS is not yet complete, and the league's Oct. 1 deadline is ticking ever closer.

This is a good capsule of what has happened down south and what yet needs to happen for the Sounders and Timbers to renew their rivalry in 2011.

(And it drops in a nice little bit of trivia that I didn't know: Portland was the site of Pele's final game as a professional.)