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MLS: Landon Donovan MVP Presentation John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Timbers

Lancaster’s Zarek Valentin brings Eagles’ underdog spirit into MLS Cup final with Portland Timbers
The Lancaster native celebrated the Timbers' triumph in the Western Conference final by donning a Lane Johnson-style underdog mask.

Atlanta United Vs Portland Timbers: Will anyone want the ball?
Atlanta United host the Portland Timbers in the MLS Cup at the weekend. But with both teams wanting to counter-attack, will anyone ever want the ball?

Portland Timbers coach Giovanni Savarese: A New York Cosmos perspective | Pro Soccer USA
Get an in-depth look at what makes Giovanni Savarese tick as the Portland Timbers prepare to face Atlanta United in the MLS Cup final Saturday in Atlanta.

A Timber at Fever Pitch – Eugene Weekly

Major League Soccer

https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2018/12/05/arthur-blank-atlanta-s-mayor-already-planning-championship-parade

Arthur Blank: Atlanta’s mayor already planning on championship parade.

Ibrahimovic set to reject Milan move to stay in LA | English News | Calciomercato.com
Ibrahimovic set to reject Milan move to stay in LA

Former U.S. coach Bruce Arena a candidate for Columbus Crew SC GM role - sources
The team is currently without a GM and head coach in the wake of Gregg Berhalter's appointment as manager of the U.S. men's national team.

Josef Martinez named MLS MVP | SBI Soccer
Atlanta United's record-breaking goal scorer added another piece of hardware to his trophy case on Wednesday afternoon. Venezuelan forward Josef Martinez, who broke the single-season scoring record in Major League Soccer with 31 goals, was named MLS Most Valuable Player.

How will Seattle’s XFL team impact Sounders? - Sounder At Heart
Supposedly, Sounders fans will barely notice their new roommate.

New York Red Bulls get $380k from FIFA World Cup payout - Once A Metro
Guessing there will be a "Murillo & Escobar" wing of the RBNY Training Facility shortly.

Report: Miguel Almiron likely to join Newcastle United in January - Dirty South Soccer
Done deal?

Transfer Rumor: Orlando City Linked to Brazilian Midfielder/Right Back - The Mane Land
The Lions are reportedly a leader for the services of Yago Pikachu of Vasco da Gama in Brazil’s Serie A but don’t get your hopes up.

Plan calls for new Crew stadium, with Mapfre repurposed as sports park - News - The Columbus Dispatch - Columbus, OH
The Crew would remain in Columbus and use Mapfre Stadium for two years before moving to a new stadium under a proposal to be announced by community leaders Thursday, part of a new ownership plan for the professional soccer franchise.

New Allianz Field's CONCACAF Gold Cup in June a sellout - StarTribune.com
Host Minnesota United FC announce June 18 doubleheader fastest sellout in the event's history.

Three Questions Orlando City Must Answer Ahead of the 2018 Expansion Draft - The Mane Land
FC Cincinnati will add five players on Tuesday.

County Commissioner Todd Portune rebukes FC Cincinnati GM Jeff Berding at public meeting - WCPO Cincinnati, OH
Commissioner Todd Portune rebuked Jeff Berding Wednesday after Berding spoke during a county commission meeting Wednesday.

Philadelphia Union reportedly interested in Brazilian striker Sergio Santos - Brotherly Game
24-year-old forward currently plays in Chile

World Football

Ballon D'Or 'twerk' row must be catalyst for giving sportswomen better opportunities
It was a shame that this incident has overshadowed what was a momentous day for womens football, and for Ada Hegerberg.

FIFA's actions speak louder than words ahead of Women's World Cup draw
With the draw for the Women's World Cup approaching, Julie Foudy asks: When will FIFA start taking women's soccer seriously?

Bayern Munich veteran Javi Martinez could be sold - Bavarian Football Works
Could Javi Martinez be the next victim of Bayern’s midfield madness? If Kimmich stays in the central midfield and more youngsters join the team, it may be time for Javi to move on.

Man Utd tactics: Why it's Jose Mourinho's fault Sead Kolasinac ripped Diogo Dalot apart & five Premier League tactical lessons we learned | Goal.com
From Diogo Dalot's struggles against Sead Kolasinac to Pep Guardiola's Riyad Mahrez and Bernardo Silva masterstroke - Goal looks at five tactical lessons we learned from the Premier League this week