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Also: NYRB prepare for CCL clash, get to know the Timbers’ eMLS player, ESPN to launch ESPN+ and more!

Portland

Get to know Portland Timbers eMLS Cup player Edgar Guerrero | MLSsoccer.com
The Portland Timbers aren’t known for doing things halfway, and their dive into eSports is no exception. The Rose City club had their eyes on over 100 potential candidates before they zeroed in on Edgar Guerrero, better known by his gamertag x_thiago_silva_o.

Why Timbers midfielder Cristhian Paredes' early contributions are ahead of the curve | Portland Timbers
Through one month of the Major League Soccer season, only seven teenagers have played at least one minute in a team’s midfield. Four of those players have started a game. Only three have logged over 100 minutes.

Major League Soccer

CONCACAF Champions League shows signs of life, grows closer to fulfilling purpose | Pro Soccer USA
The purpose in creating CONCACAF’s Champions League club competition was to find a second revenue stream that could make money for the confederation and help fund all its other tournaments and activities.

Sean Johnson plays his part to inspire NYCFC in David Villa's absence | MLSsoccer.com
New York City FC were able to overcome a key absence at one end of the pitch against the San Jose Earthquakes. They might not have been so successful had another important piece been missing at the opposite end, however.

LAFC introspective after Galaxy comeback mars bright start to life in MLS | MLSsoccer.com
They formed an exciting and diverse ownership group, constructed a new downtown stadium and training facility, nabbed vaunted players and coaches, and managed to quickly gel it all together in an undefeated preseason that set the stage for two season-opening road wins in games where few expected positive results.

Vancouver Whitecaps sign goalkeeper Sean Melvin to Homegrown contract | MLSsoccer.com
"Sean is another product of what we’re trying to build with our development system here in the club," said head coach Carl Robinson in a club release. "He approaches his craft with the right mentality and work ethic, and it has shown in his improvement over the years. He will complement our goalkeeper union as he continues to learn.”

WATCH: Darwin Quintero introductory presser with Minnesota United FC | MLSsoccer.com
After signing with Minnesota United FC on Saturday, Colombian forward Darwin Quintero was introduced to the media on Monday in Minnesota. If you haven't already, be sure to get the inside scoop on Minnesota's pursuit – and successful signing – of the first Designated Player in team story.

New York Red Bulls on facing Chivas in CCL: We need to be very smart | MLSsoccer.com
The biggest two-game series in franchise history awaits the New York Red Bulls, a trip to play storied side Chivas de Guadalajara on Wednesday night to kick off the semifinals of the 2018 Concacaf Champions League (10 pm ET | UDN, go90.com).

Warshaw: CCL semifinals provide Toronto FC one shot at glory | MLSsoccer.com
It was the great American poet Eminem who wrote, “You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow / This opportunity comes once in a lifetime.” Words ingrained into the minds of a generation. And here’s the question I’ve always asked myself: How do you know when it’s that one shot? How are you supposed to know when that opportunity has arrived?

ESPN+ launching on April 12; MLS LIVE games moving to platform | MLSsoccer.com
ESPN announced on Monday they will launch ESPN+, a new ESPN streaming product, on April 12, bringing ESPN sports programming to subscribers via a newly redesigned ESPN App. Among the content available on the service will be Major League Soccer's out-of-market streaming package, currently known as MLS LIVE.

Toronto FC have a simple, if difficult, goal in first leg vs. Club America | MLSsoccer.com
When the draw was made for the 2018 Concacaf Champions League, it seemed the soccer gods had it out for Toronto FC. Blocking their path to the final were a pair of Mexican heavyweights: Tigres UANL and Club América.

Your cheat sheet for the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League | MLSsoccer.com
The revamped 2018 Concacaf Champions League continues this week with two MLS teams in action in the semifinals. Before the final four begins across the continent, here's what you need to know about the competition and what's at stake from an MLS perspective.

NWSL

Watkins: Is NWSL in year six more talented than ever? – Equalizer Soccer
A recurring refrain throughout the months leading up to the start of this NWSL season, from commentators to coaches alike, has been one of reassurance that nothing we’ve seen so far will match the final vision for these teams as the season progresses.

United States

USWNT players in NWSL week 2: Pugh Pugh Pugh - Stars and Stripes FC
The second week of NWSL seemed to build gradually, starting with a boring 0-0 tie between the Houston Dash and Utah Royals and culminating in roughly chopped 3-2 game as the Portland Thorns defeated the Chicago Red Stars. Here’s how USWNT players did in the league this weekend:

Josh Sargent stars as Werder Bremen finishes third at U-19 tournament | SBI Soccer
Josh Sargent had a big week for the Werder Bremen U-19s, who captured third at a youth tournament behind several goals from their American star.

World

Manchester United to offer thousands of £15 tickets to 18-25-year olds | Daily Mail Online
Manchester United are aiming to re-inject life into the Stretford End by offering thousands of £15 tickets to 18-25-year olds. The Premier League club have been examining options to improve the atmosphere at Old Trafford following criticism from supporters and manager Jose Mourinho.

Giorgio Chiellini ready to swap shirts with Luis Suarez after bite
Suarez bit Chiellini on the shoulder during a group game between Uruguay and Italy at the 2014 World Cup, resulting in a four-month ban from the game. The former Liverpool player missed the start of the 2014-15 La Liga season after signing for Barcelona that summer, and did not return to international football for almost two years.

Conte insists he isn’t worried about Chelsea future
During the loss he saw his side give up a 1-0 lead and squander several chances to score, then make basic defensive errors as he kicked a water bottle in disgust as his time is running out at Chelsea, a club renowned for giving managers a short leash when things start to go wrong.