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Around the Forest: Aaron Long is your MLS Defender of the Year

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Also: Valeri and Blanco; Jorge Villafana doin’ work; Beckham given green light for stadium; LA Galaxy on the search for a GM and more!

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Timbers

Old friends Diego Valeri, Sebastian Blanco leading Timbers' playoff run | MLSsoccer.com

Seattle Sounders Vs Portland Timbers: Injuries and the counter
The Seattle Sounders will be without Chad Marshall and Cristian Roldan against the Portland Timbers. How they deal with these injuries is critical.

Jorge Villafana once again playing key role in second playoff run with Portland Timbers | OregonLive.com
Jorge Villafana was a star in the Portland Timbers' 2015 MLS Cup title run. He is once again playing a key role in his second playoff run with the Timbers.

Major League Soccer

David Beckham's MLS franchise Inter Miami given green light for stadium negotiations
Miami voters gave city officials permission on Tuesday to negotiate a no-bid lease deal with David Beckham's soon-to-be Major League Soccer side.

Geiger will work Atlanta United vs. NYCFC in MLS playoffs
Mark Geiger, considered one of the best referees in MLS, will work Sunday’s Eastern Conference semifinal.

Who can step up for Seattle if Marshall and Roldan can't play? | MLSsoccer.com

Atlanta United: 2018 or bust?
The city of Atlanta has rallied around their newest team, Atlanta United, but how long can the support last without a trophy? Is it 2018 or bust?

Whitecaps believe Marc Dos Santos is coach capable of winning titles | MLSsoccer.com

Sources: FC Cincinnati bringing Jimmy McLaughlin and Forrest Lasso to MLS – The Athletic
The club moving from USL to MLS selects two more players to bring along, as decisions on existing personnel continue

Stejskal: LA Galaxy have “serious interest” in Dennis te Kloese - LAG Confidential
Could the Mexico National Team director be coming to LA?

New York Red Bulls' Aaron Long wins 2018 MLS Defender of the Year award | MLSsoccer.com

Atlanta United without 3 players for NYCFC in MLS playoff game
Atlanta United will play without Chris McCann, Andrew Carleton and Brandon Vazquez for Sunday..

The Greatest MLS Cup Playoff Game Ever | Playoff Moments | MLSsoccer.com

D.C. United’s Luciano Acosta was upset and frustrated. Then Wayne Rooney arrived. - The Washington Post
Before Rooney arrived, Acosta had posted one goal and seven assists in 14 matches. Since? Nine goals and 10 assists in 20 outings.

World Football

FIFA warns of World Cup ban for players in European Super League
The biggest names in football would be banned from the World Cup if they played in a breakaway European Super League.

Uli Hoeness attacked for his criticism of Manchester City’s manipulation of Financial Fair Play - Bavarian Football Works
Uli’s not wrong in highlighting how Man City get around FFP, but apparently some people think he is.

Sergio Ramos elbow: Real Madrid captain sets off fury after bloodying opponent's nose in Champions League clash | Goal.com
Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has added more fuel for those claiming that he is a dirty player

Is the Champions League window closing for Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus?
It looked like Cristiano Ronaldo's wonder goal would seal victory, but Juventus' implosion vs. Man Utd raised questions over their UCL credentials.

Real Madrid players call for Santi Solari to remain after Champions League win
"If things are going well, why not give him a chance?" Casemiro said after Real Madrid's emphatic win over Viktoria Plzen.