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The MLS returns to action, former Timber Will Johnson arrested, NYCFC beat SKC and more!


Portland Timbers, Thorns not altering practice routine despite smoke from Eagle Creek fire |
The Portland Timbers and Thorns have not altered their training schedules this week despite poor air quality due to the ongoing Eagle Creek fire in the Columbia River Gorge.

Major League Soccer:

Former Portland Timbers captain Will Johnson arrested on domestic violence charge in Florida |
Orlando City SC midfielder Will Johnson has been arrested on allegations of domestic violence. Johnson was arrested and booked into the Orange County jail at 2:37 a.m. Wednesday morning after getting into a physical altercation with his wife, Caroline Childs Johnson, on Tuesday night. Johnson has been charged with misdemeanor battery.

Are NYCFC's Supporters' Shield hopes still alive? Absolutely, say players |
“Absolutely. We’re what, six points out now even on games,” Allen said Wednesday night after NYCFC defeated Sporting Kansas City, 2-1, at Yankee Stadium. “Hopefully we can squeeze one here this weekend and they can drop a game.

Toronto FC vs. San Jose Earthquakes | 2017 MLS Match Preview |
Toronto FC have history in their sights, while the San Jose Earthquakes are just trying to hang on for dear life. That's the tale of the tape entering Saturday's contest at BMO Field.The Reds are rolling, on a four-game winning streak and sitting atop the Supporters' Shield standings with a nice six-point cushion after 27 games.

Sporting KC vs. New York City FC, recap, Sept. 7 | The Kansas City Star
During a 17-day layoff, Sporting Kansas City’s primary concentration was on finding a way to maintain its sharpness. In that vein, coach Peter Vermes scheduled a pair of intrasquad scrimmages during the break, attempting to replicate the feel of an actual match.

MLS transfer news: New York City FC signs Slovenia defender Andraz Struna from Hearts |
New York City FC has signed Slovenia defender Andraz Struna, the MLS club announced Wednesday. The 28-year-old arrives on a free transfer on a deal that takes him through the end of the 2017 season, with option years for 2018 and 2019.

Howard Webb on working with MLS to implement VAR technology - 'I've enjoyed every moment of it' - ESPN FC
Howard Webb has gone from Rotherham's New York Stadium to New York City as the former referee spearheads the implementation of video technology in Major League Soccer.

Red Bulls bring in new scout director from Germany | New York Post
The Red Bulls’ sister club RB Leipzig became one of Europe’s biggest surprises last year, rising through the ranks to finish second in the Bundesliga and make the UEFA Champions League. Now the MLS club is hoping to capture a little of that magic, plucking away Benjamin Ehresmann to be its own head of scouting.

LAFC signs Argentine forward Rodrigo Pacheco – Daily News
LAFC announced the signing of 21-year-old Argentine forward Rodrigo Pacheco, who joins on loan from Club Atletico Lanus in Argentina’s first division. Pacheco will be loaned to Orange County SC, the USL affiliate for LAFC, for the remainder of 2017. He’s expected to join LAFC for training camp ahead of next year.

United States:

ASN article: Here's What to Make of the Two September Qualifiers
WHILE MOSTLY DISAPPOINTING, it was not an entirely bad performance last night as the U.S fought very hard until the end and secured an away point.


Premier League clubs vote to move summer transfer deadline from 2018-19 - ESPN FC
Premier League clubs have voted to close the summer transfer window before the first game of next season. The current window closed on Aug. 31, more than two weeks after the start of the domestic campaign, but this will now change to 5 p.m. on the day before the start of the season.

Kylian Mbappe: I told Ousmane Dembele to leave Dortmund for Barcelona - ESPN FC
Kylian Mbappe has revealed he encouraged Ousmane Dembele to join Barcelona, and told his friend can "become a great player alongside [Lionel] Messi and [Luis] Suarez."

Lionel Messi Sergio Aguero and Alexis Sanchez could miss club fixture due to World Cup playoff - ESPN FC
Barcelona, Manchester City and Arsenal could all lose star players such as Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Alexis Sanchez for a game in Novemeber because of the intercontinental World Cup playoff.