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Timbers/Thorns

Now settled in Portland, Timbers midfielder Sebastian Blanco is playing his best soccer | OregonLive.com
Sebastian Blanco had a strong first season with the Portland Timbers in 2017, recording eight goals and eight assists in 32 starts.

Portland Timbers know the importance of building momentum at this point in the season | OregonLive.com
The Portland Timbers are still a long way away from potentially competing for the MLS Cup this season, but there are similarities between this year's club and the 2015 Timbers team that won MLS Cup.

Major League Soccer

Alexi Lalas: The Least Understood Man in American Soccer — Protagonist Soccer

FC Cincinnati vs. Columbus Crew SC in MLS? Pick your team now, says Koch
If Crew SC stays in Columbus, FC Cincinnati might have its new MLS rival for the long haul.

Report: Mexico’s offer Tata Martino world’s highest-paid national team contract - Dirty South Soccer
Atlanta United’s manager will reportedly make a decision this month

Should MLS consider the Copa Libertadores? | US Soccer Players
Reports have CONMEBOL extending offers to MLS and Liga MX to be part of the Copa Libertadores, an opportunity Major League Soccer should take.

Will Gregg Berhalter finish 2018 with Columbus Crew SC? He answers - Massive Report
Black & Gold fans think their head coach is headed to the national team. But when will he leave?

Watch Wayne Rooney’s brilliant free kick goal for D.C. United - Black And Red United
He did it again y’all

Community Corner: Which city do you wish to see get a MLS expansion bid? - Stars and Stripes FC
Pick from the cities that are left.

Corey Baird says Real Salt Lake need to win out to make the playoffs | MLSsoccer.com

Atlanta United turn to Ezequiel Barco to help replace Miguel Almiron | MLSsoccer.com

United States National Team

USA toughs out 2-0 win against Canada to finish World Cup qualifying - Stars and Stripes FC
Goals from Lavelle and Morgan bookended a physically challenging win.

USMNT to play Italy in Belgium November 20th - Stars and Stripes FC
It’s the last match of the Kickoff Series.

World Football

Loris Karius To Be Dropped By Besiktas - The Liverpool Offside
According to reports out of Turkey, the Liverpool loanee will be dropped for the upcoming Europa League tie.

World Soccer Power Rankings: France still No. 1, plus Germany among top Nations League disappointments - CBSSports.com
Here are the top 25 teams in the world after the October's international matches

Manchester United fans laughed when Chelsea sold them Nemanja Matic - they're not laughing now
There was no grand piano awaiting Nemanja Matic when he joined Manchester United from Chelsea, but there was considerable self-satisfaction at plucking a starting midfielder from the then champions.

Mar Ibarra, Mexican Women's Soccer Pioneer, Found Beaten To Death
Marbella “Mar” Ibarra—one of the foremost promoters of women’s soccer in Mexico—was found dead early Monday morning in El Rosarito, Baja California, according to that state’s attorney general.

Jamaica Earns Country's First-Ever Women's World Cup Berth
Jamaica’s women’s national team will be going to the World Cup for the first time in the team’s history after beating Panama on penalties in the third-place game at the CONCACAF qualifying tournament. With this win, the team also becomes the first Caribbean nation ever to qualify for the Women’s World Cup.

The 10 most improved players in the Premier League this season | Football | The Guardian
Eden Hazard, Gylfi Sigurdsson, James Milner and Callum Wilson have stepped it up this season