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Around the Forest: Caleb Porter ditches LA for Columbus Crew

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Also: Why joining ManCity is a good thing for Zack Steffen; DC United looking to get deal done with Acosta, Asad; that and more!

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Timbers

Portland Timbers looking to ‘strengthen the roster in three or four positions’ | oregonlive.com
The Portland Timbers are looking to strengthen their roster in three or four positions during the offseason to create more competition for starting spots.

USL Championship unveils 2019 conference alignment | Portland Timbers

Major League Soccer

Caleb Porter is close to being named Columbus Crew SC’s next head coach - Massive Report
Massive Report has confirmed reports of Porter being in line to take the head coaching position.

St. Louis hailed as 'great soccer city,' but MLS vote on expansion is a ways off | Soccer | stltoday.com
Team owners met in New York to discuss, among other things, a half-dozen competing proposals for two expansion franchises.

MLS Has Accepted That It Is Not the Premier League
The sale of Josef Martinez and Miguel Almirón to Premier League teams after leading Atlanta United FC to the MLS Cup demonstrates that the MLS has accepted that it is a second-tier league. And that’s led to them being better than ever.

MLS invites initial group of 60 players to 2019 Combine | MLSsoccer.com

Stejskal: Why waiting to join Man City makes sense for Zack Steffen | MLSsoccer.com

Sporting KC: No need to keep Ike Opara happy
Ike Opara has reportedly asked Sporting KC to listen to any trade offers. But for SKC, there is no need to keep the centre-half happy.

Dennis te Kloese, Zlatan, and the 2019 LA Galaxy | US Soccer Players
The Galaxy rebuild is already interesting with Zlatan Ibrahimovic staying, Dennis te Kloese making moves, and a coaching candidate at an NBA game.

MLS: Re-entry process begins Friday with 66 players available for selection 12/14/2018
MLS: Re-entry process begins Friday with 66 players available for selection - 12/14/2018

Report: D.C. United working to re-sign Acosta, keep Asad | MLSsoccer.com

World Football

Football agents pick up $548 million from transfers in 2018 - CNN
It's lucrative business being a football agent.

El Chapo’s trial reveals organized crime links to Mexican soccer - FMF State Of Mind
A trafficker in Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman’s trial revealed links between the Sinaloa Cartel and Mexican soccer.

PSG vs. Dijon among 5 weekend French league games postponed – ProSoccerTalk
For the second straight weekend, Ligue 1 leader Paris Saint-Germain will not play.

'I celebrate like every football fan!' - blind Liverpool supporter on becoming viral hit - BBC Sport
Blind Liverpool supporter whose exchange with his cousin has gone viral tells BBC Sport, "I celebrate like every football fan!"