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More Columbus to Austin news, the importance of seeding in the playoffs, Neymar to take Mbappe under his wing and more!

Portland:

Quick Strikes | Timbers wrap up the regular season against Cascadia foe Vancouver | Portland Timbers
The Portland Timbers wrap up the 2017 MLS regular season by hosting Vancouver Whitecaps FC Sunday at Providence Park (1pm PT, ROOT SPORTS). Here are five numbers to know for #PORvVAN

Major League Soccer:

Anthony Precourt: Columbus Crew owner should sell, not move club | SI.com
Another day, another own goal for American soccer. Back in the olde country, they often blame “schoolboy defending” for this sort of self-inflicted wound. But here in soccer’s new world, those own goals are scored by experienced, accomplished, full-grown adults.

Remembering the sights and sounds of RFK Stadium, a hallowed hall of soccer | MLSsoccer.com
It has seen it all: iteration after iteration of top-flight club soccer from the 1960s to today. US men's and women's national team matches. A World Cup. The Olympics. It has seen Pelé, Johann Cruyff, Franz Beckenbauer, George Best, David Beckham, Ronaldinho. It has seen Zlatan. It is the birthplace of perhaps the US' first large-scale supporters’ culture, too, a place where in MLS' infancy, a legion of dedicated fans created an atmosphere that blew away anything else in the league.

The importance of seeding in the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs | MLSsoccer.com
The Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs are almost upon us, with only Decision Day presented by AT&T in the way, and with 11 of the 12 spots already clinched it's time to look at what many teams will be focusing on: seeding.

Fire's Rodriguez on judging success in 2017: "The season's not over" | MLSsoccer.com
What constitutes success for the Chicago Fire in 2017? It's a tricky question with the season ongoing. From an outside perspective, the team's turnaround this year, going from back-to-back last-place finishes to a spot in the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs wrapped up and a chance to move as high as the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference on Decision Day presented by AT&T makes it certainly more successful than in quite some time.

Bill Hamid says he plans to leave DC United at end of 2017 season | MLSsoccer.com
Bill Hamid is set to leave D.C. United, according to a new report. The Washington Post's Steven Goff reported on Wednesday that Hamid, the longtime goalkeeper for D.C. United and a US international, will not return to the only professional team he's played for next season and appears set to sign for a European team.

Philadelphia Union Midfielder Brian Carroll Announces Retirement | Philadelphia Union
Philadelphia Union midfielder Brian Carroll today announced his retirement from professional soccer. Effective following the Union’s regular-season finale, this Sunday vs. Orlando City SC at Talen Energy Stadium, Carroll retires having won MLS Cup twice, with D.C. United in 2004 and Columbus in 2008.

United States:

Reports: Landon Donovan, Eric Wynalda considering running for USSF President - Stars and Stripes FC
President Donovan? United States Men’s National Team and Los Angeles Galaxy legend Landon Donovan is considering running for United States Soccer Federation president according to an SI.com report. The 35 year old has supposedly been asked to run by “a number of respected figures in American soccer”.

World:

Italian player slapped with five-game ban for urinating in front of fans | Goal.com
Turris midfielder Giovanni Liberti will miss his side’s next five matches after being suspended for an incredible reason. During his side’s Serie D Group H clash with Sarnese, the 21-year-old was accused of urinating in front of the visiting supporters.

Neymar pledges to help Mbappe be PSG superstar... just like Messi taught him at Barcelona | Goal.com
Neymar says he wants to be helpful to his "buddy" Kylian Mbappe at Paris Saint-Germain, just as Messi assisted the Brazilian during his time at Barcelona.

Eintracht Frankfurt's Kevin-Prince Boateng - Hertha Berlin protest was symbol of humanity - ESPN FC
Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng has backed hometown club Hertha Berlin's decision to take a knee in support of the recent NFL protests. On Saturday, Hertha took a knee ahead of their Bundesliga match against Schalke "to take a stand against discrimination" and support the protests initiated by then San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in 2016.