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Portland

USL MATCH RECAP | Phoenix Rising FC: 0, Portland Timbers 2: 1 | Portland Timbers

Providence Park stadium expansion project remains on schedule | OregonLive.com
The Portland Timbers and Thorns organization remain on track to finish their stadium expansion project at Providence Park by Spring 2019.

Major League Soccer

Transfer rumors linking Atlanta United’s Miguel Almiron to Arsenal are unfounded - Dirty South Soccer
A textbook case of an unsubstantiated report gone wild.

Columbus Crew SC players react to learning the team is nearly saved - Massive Report
Players returned to training on Saturday morning following an action packed 24 hours.

A LAFC fan dissed AJ DeLaGarza and it backfired - LAG Confidential
What did he think was going to happen?

Crew SC's future a cause for hope, uncertainty among fans - Sports - The Columbus Dispatch - Columbus, OH
When news of the Crew SC’s potential move to Austin, Texas, dropped on Oct. 17, 2017, a coach known for his aggressive style decided to bunker.

MLS State of Play: Playoff, Supporters’ Shield races go to wire – ProSoccerTalk
The etching on the Shield, home first round matches, and places at top and bottom of the West race are all on the line.

Clear As Mud: A breakdown of the brawl between Minnesota United and the Colorado Rapids - E Pluribus Loonum
Two red cards (issued in the fourteenth minute of stoppage time) and a fourth video review capped off the match.

Wayne Rooney says D.C. United 'thriving' on pressure of playoff chase
Wayne Rooney said D.C. United is "thriving" on the pressure of trying to reach Major League Soccer's postseason.

FC Dallas has old problem pop up in loss against D.C United - Big D Soccer
Dallas has year-old problems popping back up again.

Recent errors fueling Sounders as they enter final push - Sounder At Heart
Contentment is the enemy of success, Stefan Frei says

Four Reasons to Watch Orlando City’s Remaining Games - The Mane Land
Despite how poorly they’ve played this season. there are good reasons to keep watching the Lions.

MLS exec Jen Cramer expands the popularity of soccer - Columbus - Columbus Business First
Since joining MLS in 2016 to oversee its partnership sponsorship efforts after nearly a decade at Turner Sports, Cramer has helped the league secure several multiyear, multimillion-dollar renewals with key partners such as Adidas, AT&T, Audi, Heineken and Wells Fargo.

How Wayne Rooney transformed DC United from serial losers into playoff hopefuls
MLS outfit were languishing in mediocrity before Roo's arrival, but his impact has been far greater than anyone expected

United States National Team

USWNT clinches Women's World Cup berth in ruthless fashion | SI.com
The defending champs are headed to France. With a fourth straight rout and clean sheet at the Concacaf Women's Championship, the U.S. women punched their 2019 World Cup ticket in dominant fashion.

USMNT: Is Gregg Berhalter the best choice in MLS?
It is rumored that Ernie Stewart will soon name the next head coach of the USMNT. But is Gregg Berhalter the top candidate in MLS?

World Soccer

10 players who joined Real Madrid – and regretted what they wished for | FourFourTwo
Eden Hazard, beware. Plenty of other players have pushed for a move to the Bernabeu, only to discover it wasn’t all it was cracked up to...

The decline of Manuel Neuer: Bayern Munich, Germany should be worried - Bavarian Football Works
The best goalkeeper in the world is no longer the best goalkeeper in the world, and both teams are suffering because of it.

Barcelona facing defensive crisis ahead of El Clasico after Thomas Vermaelen injury
Nelson Semedo, Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet and Jordi Alba are Barcelona's only fit defenders.

Mino Raiola Reportedly Has Agreement in Principle with Barcelona over Paul Pogba | Bleacher Report | Latest News, Videos and Highlights
Paul Pogba 's agent Mino Raiola reportedly has an agreement in principle with Barcelona regarding the Frenchman. According to Rai Sport (h/t Calciomercato...

Usain Bolt offered two year contract with Champions League-chasing side agent
An ambitious club in Europe have offered Usain Bolt a two-year contract, with the Olympic sprint legend set to end his stay in Australia.