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Timbers unveil plans for new-look PGE Park

What will Sounders fans find when they travel to Portland for the resumption of the Sounders-Timbers rivalry in 2010?

Apparently a somewhat larger and more comfortable PGE Park with east-side seating, more restrooms and a nice new souvenir shop.

It seems like a fairly modest re-do for all the trouble it's causing, but here it is.

On the other hand, while the changes don't seem massive, PGE was a pretty cool place already, so keeping a lot of what was already there makes sense. There wasn't -- and won't be -- any other place like it in MLS.

And really, these changes also move PGE from not-acceptable to acceptable for an MLS franchise ... and that's the difference that matters most.

Here's a good overview from the Oregonian.

And finally, a pretty good look at the advantages of soccer-specific stadiums, in this case tied to the complicated efforts in Houston.