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Academy Update | Timbers U-14s, U-13s hit the road for Development Academy Showcase | Portland Timbers
The Timbers Academy U-14 and U-13 teams hit the road for their longest away trip of the season to date to compete in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Showcase Nov. 3-5 in Oceanside, Calif., against MLS academies and other elite club teams.

Major League Soccer

Nashville Metro Council passes $275 million plan for potential MLS stadium |
The Nashville Metro Council on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly to approve a financing plan for a $275 million potential Major League Soccer stadium on the city’s fairgrounds. The council approved the plan, contingent upon the city being awarded an MLS expansion franchise, 31 to 6, with two abstentions.

Toronto FC "have a great deal of respect" for Crew SC's playing style |
After a turbulent series with the New York Red Bulls, Toronto FC are looking forward to getting back to what they do best: playing soccer. The two legs against the Red Bulls devolved into a contest of wills, to see who could outlast, outcompete. TFC move on in the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs; already preparations have begun for the Eastern Conference Championship against Columbus Crew SC.

Robinho wanted by Orlando City - but their £3.8m-a-year offer may fall short
Robinho, 33, is now playing for Atletico Mineiro in Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A, Brazilian source Yahoo! Esportes reveals Robinho’s current deal expires at the end of the year. There is a fly in the ointment, though. The Brazilian has been earning £534,000 a month with Atletico Mineiro and Orlando's offer weighs in at around £305,000 month.

SJ Earthquakes to look at all methods to bolster roster with "perfect fit" |
“We want to reinforce every line inside of our roster and have a very balanced approach as to where we draw this talent from, whether it comes from abroad, comes from [USL affiliate] Reno, comes from Homegrowns,” Quakes general manager Jesse Fioranelli told reporters days after San Jose’s season ended in a 5-0 loss to Vancouver in the Knockout Round of the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs.

Report: LAFC reportedly set to sign Uruguayan forward Diego Rossi |
LAFC coach Bob Bradley says he's drawing inspiration from his days with the 1998 Chicago Fire as opposed to 2017 darlings Atlanta United as he prepares to lead his expansion side into its inaugural season. The club's latest reported move, however, appears to be right out of the Five Stripes' playbook of signing young, top-end South American talent.

Jesse Marsch says 2017 was NY Red Bulls' "most successful season yet" |
On the surface, the statement raises more than an eyebrow. The Red Bulls failed to win the Eastern Conference regular-season title for the first time under Marsch, lost in the final of the US Open Cup and were eliminated as the sixth seed this past Sunday in the Conference Semifinals of the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs. For a team that has twice lifted the Supporters’ Shield, its performance in 2017 would seem to be a disappointment.

LAFC hope to bring soccer pub culture to Banc of California Stadium |
Right now, bars are arguably the best venues to watch soccer games in Los Angeles. The intensity supporter groups muster for kickoffs as early as 4:30 am is astonishing. Fervent club supporters sing, creating a terrace-like atmosphere, for the full 90 minutes. Lines are now so common that these bars have begun to sell tickets to watch marquee matches.

United States

Who the hell votes in the US Soccer presidential election? - Stars and Stripes FC
As the story of the most critical juncture in a generation unfolds, I find myself underwhelmed. Underwhelmed by the professionalism of the challengers. Underwhelmed by the transparency from the Federation regarding the process. Underwhelmed by the reporting and the research being done by many of the soccer media and the push for answers and accountability from those in positions of power — inside and outside soccer house.

FIFA 18's soundtrack might not be the best ever, but remains a standout feature of the game - Howler Magazine
Hopefully by now, you’ve settled into this year’s edition of FIFA from Electronic Arts (EA). With its usual pomp, FIFA 18 promises to build on the previous year’s effort with additional gameplay animations, tweaks to FIFA Ultimate Team and a sequel to single player story mode “The Journey.”

NASL vs. US Soccer court case: League needs Division II sanctioning guaranteed -
This Sunday’s North American Soccer League championship is a study in contrasts. On one side of the midline is the New York Cosmos, the venerable American soccer brand whose history spans from its 20th century forerunner, to winning three league titles since its 2013 entry into the neo-NASL. On the other is the host San Francisco Deltas, an expansion project that strode into the league oozing the moxie of a Silicon Valley startup and a professed kinship with social and cultural platitudes.


Premier League news: Sergio Aguero open to Manchester City exit in 2019 |
Sergio Aguero has suggested he is open to leaving Manchester City in 2019, saying his intention has always been to return to Independiente. Aguero spent six years in Independiente's youth system before debuting for the senior side at the age of 15. After three years with the first-team, he moved to Atletico Madrid before the switch to City in 2011.

'John Stones has the X Factor' - Manchester City defender considered 'the best' by Joleon Lescott |
The 23-year-old has enjoyed a rapid rise through the ranks, with his career path having taken him from Barnsley to the Etihad Stadium and England recognition via Everton and a record-breaking £47.5 million transfer.

Paul Pogba trains with Man United reserves as he continues recovery - sources - ESPN FC
Paul Pogba has stepped up his recovery from injury by training with Manchester United's reserves, sources have told ESPN FC. Pogba has missed United's last 12 games after suffering a hamstring tear playing against Basel on Sept. 12.