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Around the Forest: MLS Cup Eve

Also: Portland type weather in the ATL; Crew SC’s new stadium revealed; Has MLS arrived on the world stage? That and more!

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Timbers

MLS Cup | A look back at the intertwining history of the Timbers with Atlanta soccer teams | Portland Timbers

Portland Timbers laugh off Atlanta United victory parade plans | MLSsoccer.com

Everything You Need to Know About MLS Cup: Atlanta United vs. Portland Timbers
MLS Cup is upon is. Before Atlanta United and the Portland Timbers kick off MLS' marquee event, read all the stats and details from our experts.

MLS Cup 2018: Atlanta United And Portland Timbers Have Abundance Of South American Style And Flair
One of the storylines going into the 2018 season was the number of South American players recruited by MLS. Perhaps not surprisingly, both MLS Cup finalists, Atlanta United, and the Portland Timbers will be looking to their strong South American contingents to help them win Saturday's final.

Winter Storm Diego's arrival in Atlanta not lost on Timbers | MLSsoccer.com

Portland Timbers defender Larrys Mabiala is ‘feeling very good’ ahead of the 2018 MLS Cup | oregonlive.com
Portland Timbers defender Larrys Mabiala thought his season might be over when he sustained an ankle injury on Nov. 25. But two weeks later, Mabiala is feeling good and is ready to compete in the 2018 MLS Cup.

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.

Starring for ATL UTD, Leandro Gonzalez Pirez maintains Argentina dream | MLSsoccer.com

Wet weather could impact Atlanta United supporters attending MLS Cup - Dirty South Soccer
The weather could be bad for MLS Cup. Plan your tailgate accordingly.

As MLS approaches a ‘tipping point,’ owners are divided over growth strategies – The Athletic
Will increased spending lead to aggressive growth, or will a focus on cautious growth one day lead to the ability to spend more?

Atlanta United embracing MLS Cup expectations - Dirty South Soccer
Unburdened by the city’s past sporting failure, Atlanta United is poised for greatness ahead of MLS Cup.

Crew SC's new stadium unveiled - Columbus - Columbus Business First
The investor group in line to buy Columbus Crew SC is committing $230 million to build a new stadium in the Arena District, moving them closer to finalizing a deal to keep the team in Columbus.

Reports: FC Cincinnati targeting deals for Philadelphia Union’s David Accam and CJ Sapong - Brotherly Game
GhanaSoccernet has separate reports indicating that the Philadelphia Union attacking duo could be headed to the new MLS team

2018 MVP Josef Martinez: I'll stay in Atlanta as long as they want me | MLSsoccer.com

Stejskal: Dennis te Kloese hired as LA Galaxy general manager | MLSsoccer.com

Has MLS arrived? It's sure trending more and more that way thanks to the transfer market
You may have been waiting for a moment. Some particular event or period of time you can point to as having ushered in the “arrival” of soccer in the United States. It’s been a long wait. A generation or so.

Bruce Arena is among candidates Columbus Crew SC general manager role - Massive Report
The longtime MLS stalwart would oversee building the roster for the Black & Gold.

Stejskal: Oguchi Onyewu hired as technical director of Orlando City B | MLSsoccer.com