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Portland

Inside the new mindset of Thorns FC defender Emily Sonnett | Portland Timbers
There are two moments that capture the contrasts of Emily Sonnett’s last 12 months, the high's and the low's that the Thorns FC defender has experienced since the beginning of her second professional season.

Major League Soccer

Former Revolution star Shalrie Joseph named Grenada national team coach | MLSsoccer.com
Former New England Revolution midfield star Shalrie Joseph has signed a 2-year contract to be the coach of the Grenada national team, for whom he made 20 appearances over his career.

MLS, Liga MX bosses hope new partnership will elevate North American soccer | MLSsoccer.com
Following Tuesday's announcement of a long-term partnership between the two leagues, MLS Commissioner Don Garber and Liga MX President Enrique Bonilla held a media roundtable to elaborate on their vision for a program that starts with – but will extend well beyond – the forthcoming Campeones Cup, an annual one-off match that will played between the MLS and Liga MX champions starting in September.

PRO releases referee assignments for Week 3 of the MLS season | MLSsoccer.com
The Professional Referee Organization has announced the referee assignments for Week 2 of the 2018 MLS season:

See which teams have signed gamers to compete in 2018 eMLS Cup | MLSsoccer.com
The Vancouver Whitecaps became the latest MLS club to join the burgeoning gaming space, announcing their plans for the recently announced EA Sports FIFA 18 gaming league, eMLS, and in FIFA tournaments around the world.

Luciano Acosta missed D.C. United opener and was a sub Sunday. Will he start this weekend? - The Washington Post
Luciano Acosta, D.C. United’s ringleader, missed the March 3 season opener because of suspension and didn’t start Sunday because of fitness concerns. But with the Argentine midfielder getting up to speed and his team needing an inventive element, Acosta is a strong candidate to start Saturday against the Houston Dynamo at Maryland SoccerPlex.

Warshaw: Five moves Minnesota United FC could make to replace Kevin Molino | MLSsoccer.com
On Monday, Minnesota United FC announced that midfielder Kevin Molino would miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL. Molino had been Minnesota’s best player through the first 140 minutes of the season. He contributed to each of Minnesota’s three goals of the year while he was on the field, scoring two and assisting the third. Molino experienced a similar injury and layoff only three years ago.

WATCH: Giovinco sends Toronto FC into CCL semifinals with free-kick golazo | MLSsoccer.com
His team had just conceded an equalizer to mighty Tigres, their back line laboring under heavy pressure with their CONCACAF Champions League hopes on the line under hostile conditions in Estadio Universitario, one of the loudest and most daunting venues in Mexico.

Red Bulls "have something special brewing" on CCL run, says Tyler Adams | MLSsoccer.com
To get the result they needed, the New York Red Bulls had to bend but not break at times in Tuesday’s 3-1 win over Club Tijuana at Red Bull Arena, a victory that sees them through to the semifinals of the CONCACAF Champions League.

United States

Report: Fulham's Luca de la Torre could land at New England on loan | MLSsoccer.com
The New England Revolution are interested in acquiring Fulham attacking midfielder and US youth international Luca de la Torre on loan for the 2018 MLS season, according to British outlet westlondonsport.com.

World

EU Commission opens the door to a European Super League - Bavarian Football Works
A recent article by Sport Bild's Berries Boßmann outlines the potentially massive consequences that a recent European legal decision may have on UEFA and, by extension, Bayern Munich and the Bundesliga—potentially throwing the door open to a European Super League that operates outside UEFA's rules.

Steffi Jones: Germany sack women's head coach after SheBelieves Cup disappointment - BBC Sport
Jones, 45, departs after her side finished last in the recent SheBelieves Cup without winning a match. Germany also did not make it past the quarter-finals at last year's Women's European Championships, a tournament they have won eight times.

Paul Scholes, Rio Ferdinand hit out at Man United's 'inexplicable' UCL exit
Former Manchester United stars Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand delivered a damning verdict after seeing Jose Mourinho's men dumped out of the Champions League by Sevilla.