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Timbers

MLS Cup Playoffs | Start of postseason sees Diego Valeri flashing MVP form | Portland Timbers

MLS Cup Playoffs | How the Timbers can advance past Seattle in the second leg | Portland Timbers

Major League Soccer

MLS expansion: Election Day's impact on San Diego, Miami bids | SI.com
The fallout from Election Day goes way beyond the U.S. soccer landscape, of course, but two votes in particular could help shape the future of MLS.

England players not consulted over Wayne Rooney’s farewell appearance | Football | The Guardian
Gareth Southgate did not consult the England players about the plan to recall Wayne Rooney for a farewell appearance against the USA

Five Thoughts: Atlanta United shows its best self in rebound win over NYCFC - Dirty South Soccer
Atlanta United did just what they said they’d do: Bounce back.

MLS: Columbus Crew's Federico Higuain gamble pays off, leaves New York Red Bulls in all-too-familiar playoff jeopardy | Goal.com
The Crew took control of their Eastern Conference playoff series with thanks to Federico Higuain's magic and Zack Steffen's saves.

MLS conference semifinals: Key takeaways from all first legs | SI.com
Columbus continued neutralizing its chief threats, Portland came back on an injury-riddled Seattle, Atlanta received contributions from an unlikely scorer and Sporting KC received an instant impact from an opportunistic substitute to open the MLS conference semifinals.

MLS Ticker: Baird wins rookie of year, Impact part ways with Braz, and more | SBI Soccer
Real Salt Lake's good week continued on Monday as forward Corey Baird was named MLS Rookie of the Year. A graduate of RSL's USL team the Real Monarchs, Baird made 31 appearances this season scoring eight goals and notching five assists.

MLS: David Beckham's Miami expansion stadium spices up mid-term elections
It’s been five years and the David Beckham stadium deal has become a mid-term election issue for the Miami MLS expansion team.

Latest MAPFRE Stadium homecoming extra-special for Columbus Crew SC | MLSsoccer.com

MLS Playoffs: Painful lesson from 2017 playoffs leads to more adaptable Atlanta United | Goal.com
Few things will force a coach to adapt like a painful loss, and last year's knockout round elimination surely forced Atlanta United head coach Tata Martino to do some soul-searching heading into his second run at the MLS playoffs.

Enzo Martinez hopes to come back in 2019 - Burgundy Wave
"I want to fight for a spot and be one of those guys. During the offseason I want to earn that."

World Football

Real Madrid consider Leonardo Jardim as Julen Lopetegui replacement - source
Real Madrid are looking for a new manager following the sacking of Julen Lopetegui and Leonardo Jardim is one of the candidates.

Manchester City defended by Pep Guardiola amid Football Leaks accusations
German magazine Der Spiegel released a number of stories based on so-called Football Leaks data set alleging City had avoided FFP regulations.

Wayne Rooney Foundation will not get England v USA gate receipts, FA says | Football | The Guardian
The Football Association has confirmed the Wayne Rooney Foundation will not receive any of the gate receipts from England’s Wembley friendly against the United States despite it being billed as the Wayne Rooney Foundation International

Premier League's 'big six' dominance is demoralising for small clubs and their fans
The Premier League used to be unpredictable, but with the big guns pulling further and further away is there any hope for anyone else?

Dortmund's re-emergence among Champions League group stage's highlights
With the Champions League group stage at its midway point, Michael Cox dives into what's intrigued him most about Europe's premier club competition.