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Detroit is making a play for MLS, should Josef Martinez be considered for MLS MVP and more!

Portland:

Portland Timbers to celebrate life of original investor Augusto Proano before Orlando game Sunday | OregonLive.com
Fernando Proano visited his father, Dr. Augusto "Gus" Proano, in his retirement home in Vancouver, Washington on the night that the Portland Timbers won the 2015 MLS Cup.

Major League Soccer:

Prospective Detroit owners "committed to winning and doing it first class" | MLSsoccer.com
MLS to Detroit? The city ticks off all the boxes, according to Detroit Pistons vice chairman Arn Tellem. There are several factors that make Detroit an attractive option for league expansion, Tellem recently told the Detroit Free Press, including a young and hungry soccer fan base in a growing soccer market, the opportunity to be part of the continued rebuild of the city and a chance for the Detroit youth to hone their skills.

Stejskal: LA Galaxy held talks with Bob Bradley before he was hired by LAFC | MLSsoccer.com
Five sources told MLSsoccer.com this week that the LA Galaxy spoke with Bradley earlier this season about their head coaching position before he eventually signed with LAFC ahead of their 2018 expansion campaign.

SoccerAmerica - The long and winding path of Arturo Alvarez from Project-40 player to international 09/22/2017
When he served up a perfect cross that Brandon Vincent drove into the net with a diving header last weekend against D.C. United, Fire midfielder Arturo Alvarez registered just his second assist of the season.

SoccerAmerica - MLS's greatest scoring race ever heats up 09/22/2017
Recent tears by Diego Valeri (goals in an MLS record eight straight games) and Josef Martinez(back-to-back hat tricks) have tightened what is shaping up as MLS's greatest scoring race in history.

Pick A Side: Is Atlanta's Josef Martinez an MLS MVP candidate or not? | FourFourTwo
How can a player be considered the Most Valuable Player in a league when he only steps on the field for 62 percent of his team’s games? It’s simple. With Josef Martinez in the starting lineup, expansion Atlanta United is 8-2-2 with 37 goals scored. When he does not play or is limited to 30 minutes or less of game time, Atlanta’s record is 5-6-5 with 24 goals scored.

Pick A Side: Is Atlanta's Josef Martinez an MLS MVP candidate or not? | FourFourTwo
How can a player be considered the Most Valuable Player in a league when he only steps on the field for 62 percent of his team’s games? It’s simple. With Josef Martinez in the starting lineup, expansion Atlanta United is 8-2-2 with 37 goals scored. When he does not play or is limited to 30 minutes or less of game time, Atlanta’s record is 5-6-5 with 24 goals scored.

Jesse Marsch: 'Heartbreaking' to see Red Bulls' trophy drought go on after cup final - ESPN FC
New York Red Bulls coach Jesse Marsch said it was "heartbreaking" to see the club fall short of a major trophy once again after losing 2-1 to Sporting Kansas City in Wednesday's U.S. Open Cup final.

United States:

USMNT and Sporting KC star Matt Besler finds spotlight in book debut | Goal.com
Matt Besler has never been big on the spotlight, but he may have to slightly adjust that perspective after his latest career move. The 30-year-old’s soccer journey has been improbable – from local high school star to four-year college standout to captain of his hometown MLS club to World Cup starter - but his latest move may be the most surprising of all: published author.

Carli Lloyd named finalist for FIFA Best 2017 - Stars and Stripes FC
Carli Lloyd is a finalist to be named the FIFA Best women’s player of 2017.

World:

In Dembele's absence, Barcelona looks to a pair of young Spaniards on their second chances with the club - Howler Magazine
Ousmane Dembele’s €105 million transfer now has no way of paying off until the beginning of 2018 as he is expected to miss up to four months with a torn hamstring suffered early on in Saturday’s win at Getafe. Barcelona will now look to a pair of 23-year-olds who have returned to the club for a mere €15.5 million combined thanks to their comparatively cheap buyback clauses.

Manchester United's Bob Woodward reckons Facebook and Amazon will bid for Premier League TV rights - ESPN FC
The likes of Amazon and Facebook will "absolutely" enter the bidding war when the next round of television rights come up for tender, according to Manchester United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

Mourinho misses out as Allegri, Conte and Zidane battle for Best FIFA Coach of the Year | Goal.com
Massimiliano Allegri, Antonio Conte and Zinedine Zidane have been named as the finalists for the Best FIFA Coach of the Year award.The final three were cut down from an initial list of 10, with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola, boss of rivals Manchester City, among the names to be dropped.