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Around the Forest: Luka Modric and Ada Hegerberg take home the Ballon d’Or

Also: Motion to dismiss denied in Save The Crew case; Liam Ridgewell finds himself in a familiar place and more!

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Timbers

MLS Cup 2018: How Atlanta United, Portland Timbers match up | SI.com
Atlanta United will host the Portland Timbers in the 2018 MLS Cup final, a matchup of two teams centered on South American talent and contrasting styles of play.

Three positional battles that will decide MLS Cup 2018 - Dirty South Soccer
These three positions will determine who lifts Lord Don’s Cup.

MLS Cup | Once again, Liam Ridgewell is proving to be indispensable | Portland Timbers

Timbers’ road form has Atlanta United’s attention
To make it to the MLS Cup, Portland has won road playoff games against Dallas, Seattle and Sporting...

Atlanta or Portland: ESPN analysts make their MLS Cup predictions
Finally, after a month of playoffs, MLS Cup is upon us. So, who will win: Atlanta United or the Portland Timbers? We make our predictions.

Canzano: Casting a vote for Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson to end up with the Trail Blazers, too | OregonLive.com
The $1.3 billion question is ... what happens to the Blazers?

‘My father told my mother I was crazy’: Giovanni Savarese’s journey from Venezuela to Italy to MLS Cup – The Athletic
From Venezuela to Italy to New York and Portland, will the Timbers head coach's journey include another championship?

Major League Soccer

FC Cincinnati Signs Forrest Lasso | FC Cincinnati

Rep denies Arthur Blank interest in Premier League soccer club
Arthur Blank’s investment arm is denying reports the Atlanta United FC owner is in talks to pu...

Analyzing MLS Cup Final referee Alan Kelly: Friend or foe to Atlanta United? - Dirty South Soccer
The MLS Referee of the Year has been assigned to Saturday’s clash

Training stint at RB Leipzig at 16 laid groundwork for Tyler Adams' move | MLSsoccer.com

MLS Cup 101: What you need to know about 2018 MLS Cup final | MLSsoccer.com

Concacaf Champions League: Monday's draw sets up for MLS vs. Liga MX quarterfinals | Goal.com
The 2019 Concacaf Champions League could feature a four matchups between teams from the North American leagues, though the other clubs will look to play spoiler

NBA or MLS? Louisville sees opportunity with MLS franchise
Louisville has spoken with a professional sports league about bringing a franchise to the Derby City. It sees more opportunity with MLS than the NBA.

For Arthur Blank, Atlanta United, legacy begins with training facility | MLSsoccer.com

MLS Option Declined and Out-of-Contract Best XI - Last Word on Soccer
With most MLS teams releasing their player contract option decision for the 2019 season, here's a team of MLS option declined and out of contract players.

Houston Dynamo midfielder Andrew Wenger announces retirement | MLSsoccer.com

Precourt and MLS’s motion to dismiss as potential settlement nears - Massive Report
Yet another big win for Save The Crew as a deal to keep the team in Columbus seems imminent.

Dwayne De Rosario, former MLS golazo king and four-time champ, on playing pro indoor soccer at age 40 12/05/2018
Dwayne De Rosario, former MLS golazo king and four-time champ, on playing pro indoor soccer at age 40 - 12/05/2018

Sporting KC still reeling from 2018 playoff loss | The Kansas City Star
Sporting Kansas City lost to Portland in the MLS Western Conference Finals on Thursday.

World Football

Ballon d’Or: Modric ends Messi, Ronaldo’s 10-year duopoly – ProSoccerTalk
For the first time in a decade, someone other than Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Ballon d'Or.

Ballon d'Or: Lyon striker Ada Hegerberg wins first women's award - BBC Sport
Norway and Lyon striker Ada Hegerberg wins the inaugural Women's Ballon d'Or award, with England's Lucy Bronze sixth.

Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegerberg asked to twerk by professional moron - SBNation.com
I’m so sick of this.

Mike Ashley: Newcastle United owner 'hopeful' of selling Premier League club - BBC Sport
Owner Mike Ashley is "hopeful" of selling Newcastle United and says it could happen before the January transfer window.