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Sporting Kansas City take home USOC, Columbus Crew - the best team you’re not watching? And more!

Portland:

Daughters in Portland Timbers family find inspiration close to home with the Portland Thorns | OregonLive.com
Connie Valeri gleefully sprinted onto the field at Providence Park to give her dad, Diego Valeri, a high five shortly after the Portland Timbers picked up an important home win against the Colorado Rapids in late August.

Portland Timbers to begin construction on Providence Park following conclusion of 2017 season | OregonLive.com
The Portland Timbers will begin construction on Providence Park this fall following the conclusion of their 2017 MLS season and plan to complete their more than $50 million stadium expansion project by April 2019.

Major League Soccer:

Sporting KC vs. New York Red Bulls , Open Cup championship, 2017 | The Kansas City Star
When Sporting Kansas City rebranded its franchise more than six years ago, its management built a marketing campaign around a state-of-the-art venue and a fresh start. Peter Vermes was part of those meetings, an important voice in the room, but in a more private setting, he pinpointed a supplemental plan of his own.

Fire fans are throwing a killer party for the club's 20th birthday | CSN Chicago
Most MLS teams are too young to have substantial history, but Fire fans are doing their part to celebrate the 20 years of Chicago Fire soccer. A group of supporters is putting the work in to throw a party for the club in the vein of a fan convention — except this one isn’t run by a team. The small group of fans from the Fire’s independent supporters’ association, Section 8, is pooling efforts to throw a killer birthday bash and inviting former players and coaches to return for the celebration.

Jim Curtin wants to play the Union's young prospects, but doesn't think they're ready yet
As the Union’s season draws to a close, the team’s elimination from playoff contention will give manager Jim Curtin the opportunity to start judging which players he wants to keep around for next year.

Sounders to add SeatGeek as ticket partner after 9 years with Ticketmaster | The Seattle Times
It has been 13 months since secondary-ticketing giant SeatGeek broke into the primary market by agreeing to sell seats for the Sporting Kansas City soccer team. Now, the latest Major League Soccer club to sign on with SeatGeek will be the Sounders, who will announce Wednesday they are shedding their longstanding Ticketmaster partnership after this season.

NYCFC defender doesn’t want to go back to Europe | New York Post
Defender Maxime Chanot vowed he’s committed to NYCFC, even stating he’s open to a possible contract extension, after a report surfaced that the centerback wanted to return to Belgium in the winter.

Red Bulls still can’t deliver the trophy their fans want most | New York Post
Early Wednesday morning, standing in front of Gate D-2 inside LaGuardia Airport’s Terminal B was a small gathering of Red Bulls fans wearing matching black T-shirts.

Why Columbus Crew SC is the best MLS team that nobody's watching | FourFourTwo
This Columbus squad isn’t flashy. It’s rarely found in national headlines, largely disinterested in making grand assessments of itself, and is only able to claw its way onto MLS' national television schedules once in a blue moon. It might be the best team nobody is talking about, and that’s fine with Berhalter.

United States:

A fundamental problem with parents coaching youth soccer in America - Howler Magazine
It’s that time of the year. Across the United States, as the school year starts back up, so does the youth soccer season. At least it does here in the leafy early fall of western Pennsylvania. Legions of volunteer soccer parents attend coaching and scheduling meetings. Boxes of pinnies and mesh bags of balls are passed around. Practice spots are claimed from local parks and schools. Little Aidan and Riley ask if little Cooper and Maddie are on their teams. Maybe you know the drill.

Is Tab Ramos the favorite to replace Bruce Arena? - Stars and Stripes FC
U.S. Soccer announced on Tuesday that Tab Ramos has signed an extension to continue on as the program’s U-20 Head Coach and Youth Technical Director. The former USMNT midfielder has been manager since 2011 and TD since 2013.

Wonderboy strikes again.

World:

La Liga News: Bartomeu is lying about Messi's Barcelona renewal, claims Benedito | Goal.com
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu's claim that Lionel Messi has already signed a new contract has been disputed by Agusti Benedito, who believes only the Argentine's father has put pen to paper. Benedito, a former Barcelona presidential candidate, is currently campaigning for signatures to lodge a vote of no confidence against Bartomeu and the club's board after accusing them of starting a "serious institutional crisis".

Arsene Wenger: Playing Alexis Sanchez in cups no punishment - ESPN FC
Arsene Wenger says he is not sending a message to Alexis Sanchez by starting him in cup competitions, adding he is only trying to get the Chile international back to full fitness.

Latest Ilkay Gundogan knee injury 'not a big issue' - Man City's Pep Guardiola - ESPN FC
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola hopes Ilkay Gundogan's injury is not as bad as feared after the midfielder hurt his knee in the 2-1 League Cup victory over West Bromwich Albion.