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Timbers

Liam Ridgewell focused on the present, but his future with Portland Timbers remains unclear | OregonLive.com
Liam Ridgewell said that the 2018 season has been one of the most difficult of his career as he has dealt with being in and out of the lineup. Now back in the lineup,

Portland Timbers player salaries: How much do the 2018 Timbers make? | OregonLive.com
The MLS Players Association released its list of player salaries Tuesday. Here is what the Portland Timbers make.

Major League Soccer

MLS clubs staffing up for success as robust front offices paying dividends
Not long ago, MLS managers handled everything. Now staffs are growing, and the league's success stories are run by well-stocked front offices.

Wayne Rooney rejected private hotel rooms, first-class flights in MLS - Business Insider
Wayne Rooney joined D.C. United and turned their season around, but not before turning down some superstar amenities in favor of being a team player.

MLS: Week 34 Power Rankings - Obligatory obituaries
It's Week 34 of the MLS Regular Season. The end is nigh and plenty of teams are already looking forward to next season. Here are the Power Rankings.

Victor Rodriguez wins Goal of the Week - Sounder At Heart
The over-the-shoulder volley beat out Wayne Rooney’s free kick.

Kendall Waston wants to leave Whitecaps | The Province
He's taking Mandarin lessons, has voiced his displeasure with management and is posting cryptic messages on social media, but the Vancouver Whitecaps say team captain Kendall Waston is not being sold to any Asian teams.

RSL on the brink: Team posts worst away record in 34-game MLS era - RSL Soapbox
Real Salt Lake’s home form is going to end as one of the best in the league.

With 11 wins, two losses and four draws, the team’s home record (11-2-4) equaled that of Atlanta United FC and was...

An infuriating attempt at the 2018 MLS Best XI – ProSoccerTalk
MLS has three 20-goal scorers, and six players with double-digit goals and assists.

Does having a first-round bye matter in MLS Cup playoffs? | MLSsoccer.com

Film Room: Examining how Tata Martino shuffled Atlanta United’s midfield vs. the Chicago Fire - Dirty South Soccer
With his midfield mostly back to full health, Tata Martino showed us another tactical wrinkle on Saturday.

The MLS Cup Playoffs are Still Broken - The Blue Testament
Four problems with four rather simple solutions.

United States National Team

USMNT Depth Chart Poll Series: Left Wingers - Stars and Stripes FC
Vote in our poll on who you think is the best American left winger.

USMNT drops to 23rd in October FIFA rankings - Stars and Stripes FC
Still, they’re only down 1 spot from September and considered one of the best in CONCACAF.

World Football

Two Teams, One Manager and Five Months of Misery in Madrid - WSJ
In the first Clásico in a decade without Ronaldo or Messi, Real Madrid’s new manager already faces a must-win situation.

Borussia Dortmund can win the Bundesliga, ending Bayern Munich’s streak - Bavarian Football Works
Dortmund is off to a dazzling start under Lucien Favre. Unless Niko Kovac can squeeze more offense from his team, this could be the year Dortmund ends Bayern Munich’s six-year Bundesliga streak.

Man City boss Pep Guardiola says Premier League title is five-horse race | Football News | Sky Sports
Pep Guardiola believes there is a five-horse race for the Premier League title this season.

Premier League could be set for massive rule change - which would affect Everton and Liverpool - Liverpool Echo
IFAB are considering adjusting the rules

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil Says He Is 'Pissed and Aggressive' When Playing Football | Bleacher Report | Latest News, Videos and Highlights
Arsenal star Mesut Ozil has laughed off the criticism he receives in the press and says his desire to win games makes him "pissed and aggressive" on the pitch and even in training...