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MLS: Western Conference Semifinal-Portland Timbers at Seattle Sounders FC Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

Timbers

MLS Playoffs: Ebobisse breaking out at just the right time for Timbers | Goal.com
The second-year forward has been thrust into the Portland starting lineup and has helped give the Timbers a boost in their quest for another MLS Cup

Confusion or not, Timbers end up celebrating win over Sounders in the end | MLSsoccer.com

Five quick numbers that explain Sounders’ wild playoff loss to Portland - Sounder At Heart
The only stat that matters is goals, but here are a few others to ponder.

Major League Soccer

Dome Torrent: New York City FC will not put up with Atlanta United diving | MLSsoccer.com

Justen Glad prepared to fit in "like a glove" for RSL amid injury concerns | MLSsoccer.com

MLS Season Awards: There is a problem
The MLS Season Awards are being announced this week. There is always a furore surrounding them. But there is a problem. Individual awards do not work.

Beckham Group faces hurdles prior to moving forward with MLS stadium – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports | Fort Lauderdale

Center back rotation proving to be the right move for Columbus Crew SC | MLSsoccer.com

United States National Team

Americans at home: An American forward to get excited about - Stars and Stripes FC
No, it is not CJ Sapong

USA beats Portugal 1-0 in low key away friendly - Stars and Stripes FC
Jessica McDonald and Crystal Dunn were the difference makers for the United States.

World Football

England boss Gareth Southgate - Wayne Rooney farewell my decision but we haven't spoken
"The football decisions are my decisions," the England boss said about Rooney getting a farewell call-up ahead of next week's friendly vs. the U.S.

Dutch Soccer Fans Hire Stripper To Run On Field And Distract Opponents
Black and yellow streamers fell from the sky near the Rijnsburgse Boys goal in the 12th minute of their match against AFC on Saturday, as if to announce the coming of a celebration or a gift.

Juan Mata has saved Jose Mourinho's Man United career... for now
Jose Mourinho hasn't always trusted Juan Mata but his recent combination of defensive diligence and key attacking skill make him hard to leave out.

Manchester City's David Silva: I don't know how I played on last season
David Silva tells ESPN about playing for Man City while his baby son, Mateo, was fighting for his life, and how the Manchester Derby has changed.

Liverpool reject reports that John W. Henry wants to sell club
Liverpool have denied claims that principal owner John W. Henry is quietly looking to sell the Premier League club.