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Around the Forest: Will MLS be profitable? Don Garber thinks so

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Also: Timbers prepare for SKC; Ozzie Alonso now a free agent; Concacaf Champions League draw coming in December and more!

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Timbers

Portland Timbers prepare to face Sporting Kansas City in playoffs for first time since 'Double Post' game | OregonLive.com
The Portland Timbers beat Sporting Kansas City on penalty kicks in the iconic "Double Post" game when the two sides last met in the postseason in 2015.

MLS Cup Playoffs | Parallels between 2015, 2018 run deeper for Lucas Melano | Portland Timbers

Quick Strikes | Sebastián Blanco one of the hottest players in MLS since start of September | Portland Timbers

Sporting KC-Portland: MLS Western Conference Final preview | The Kansas City Star
Sporting Kansas City and the Portland Timbers will open their Western Conference Finals series Sunday. On the line: a chance to play for the MLS Cup.

Major League Soccer

Don Garber Believes New Stadiums And The 2026 World Cup Could Make MLS Profitable
The next round of U.S. television deals should be much higher for the league.

New York Red Bulls Vs Atlanta United: More than just forwards
MLSsoccer.com asked the question: Who has the better forwards: Atlanta United or the New York Red Bulls? It is a somewhat stupid question to ask.

Editorial: Why the city may want to own the MLS stadium - St. Louis Business Journal
Editorial: There’s reason to believe the city won’t be burned this time around.

Luke Sassano Q&A for special section
Former MLS player and New York Cosmos Technical Director Luke Sassano is one of the principal architects for FC Cincinnati's inaugural MLS season.

Sounders allow midfielder Osvaldo Alonso to test free agency | The Seattle Times
Sounders captain Osvaldo Alonso may have played his final game for the only MLS team he's ever known. The Sounders did not reach agreement on a new contract with Alonso, who now enters free agency after nine years here.

St. Louis aldermen in dispute over who would own soccer stadium - St. Louis Business Journal
St. Louis Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia said she withdrew a Major League Soccer stadium plan Friday after the board’s president threatened to make public her past payment dispute with Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

Will Zack Steffen and Wil Trapp be around Columbus Crew SC in 2019? - Massive Report
The goalkeeper and the captain have both generated interest from Europe during the season and they could be headed overseas.

LAFC enters first offseason with higher expectations – Orange County Register

2019 CONCACAF Champions League Draw to take place December 3 - Dirty South Soccer
Here’s what you need to know about it.

Who FC Dallas could go after to replace Oscar Pareja as head coach - Big D Soccer
The options out there aren’t terrible and Dallas shouldn’t play it too safe either.

LA Galaxy deny report of Zlatan Ibrahimovic deal with AC Milan - source
A Galaxy spokesperson told ESPN FC via text message that the reports stating Ibrahimovic had signed with the Italian giants were not true.

United States National Team

USMNT to face Costa Rica in February - Stars and Stripes FC
Back to the Bay

U.S. Soccer not approached by ex-Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui - agent
Reports said former Spain and Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui had approached U.S. Soccer via an intermediary.

Chelsea-bound Christian Pulisic will make decision regarding his future in January - We Ain't Got No History
The 20-year-old USMNT Captain will use the winter break in the Bundesliga to figure out his future

World Football

Manchester United share price suffers biggest drop in over a year
Manchester United's share price has suffered its biggest drop in over a year with more than £300 million wiped off the club's value.

PSG stars Kylian Mbappe Neymar doubts to face Liverpool in Champions League
A source told ESPN FC that Kylian Mbappe will have X-rays on his shoulder and Neymar needs further tests to confirm the extent of his injury.

Chelsea and Manchester United on alert as Juventus ace Alex Sandro hints at Premier League move - football.london
Latest Chelsea transfer news includes an update on Alex Sandro's future