Talking Points: A true team effort

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What's the buzz from the world of sports? Here are some items that will have people talking:

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The United States men's soccer team put on a show on Tuesday in beating Belize 6-1 at Jeld-Wen Field. But a more spectacular demonstration happened before kickoff, when the American Outlaws unfurled the special red, white and blue tifo at the north end of the stadium.

photoThe unfurled tifo at Jeld-Wen Field on Tuesday.

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Robert Cross, president of the Portland chapter of the American Outlaws — one of two major supporter's groups for the U.S. national soccer teams — said the tifo banners were a combined effort of his group and the 107ist (the Timbers Army community outreach wing).

Cross said that the Portland chapter of the American Outlaws now has about 200 members. As with the Timbers Army, the group is a melting pot of soccer fans.

It's a group that is both incredibly creative and uncommonly dedicated.

Following Tuesday's match, United States coach Jürgen Klinsmann tweeted a photo of the tifo with the declaration "Outstanding!!!"

We agree.

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In the mood for some baseball? The Little League Baseball Washington State Tournament begins with five games on Saturday at Luke Jensen Sports Park, 4000 N.E. 78th St.

The division for players ages 11-12 is Little League's marquee division. The state tournament is the second step on the ladder to the Little League World Series. The 13-team tournament will determine the Washington representative in the Little League Northwest Regional at San Bernardino, Calif. The tournament begins with two games at 10:30 a.m.

District 6 champion Ridgefield plays its first game at 1:30 p.m. against the District 13 champion from the Spokane area.

District 4 champion Camas will open the tournament at 4:30 p.m. against West Seattle.

Also beginning Saturday, La Center is hosting the Little League softball state tournament for girls ages 9-10, and the state baseball tournament for ages 15-16 begins at the Harmony Sports Complex, 1500 N.E. 192nd Ave.

All Little League events are volunteer-run and are free to spectators.