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What the Timbers' new midfield depth means for a returning David Guzmán | Portland Timbers
Portland Timbers head coach Giovanni Savarese confirmed that Saturday’s choice to omit David Guzmán from his game-day roster was a coach’s decision, two words that have become euphemistic, in coaching parlance.

Major League Soccer

Rapids’ Tim Howard on Wayne Rooney’s potential MLS prospects – The Denver Post
In the summer of 2004, as he entered a second season in Manchester United’s intense glare, U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard encountered an expensive new teammate at the Carrington training ground. The newcomer’s poise and determination belied his teenage years.

Soccer: Recent string of starts shows Colombian import Santiago Mosquera is settling in for FCD, adjusting to MLS | SportsDay
When Santiago Mosquera arrived from Colombia in the winter, FC Dallas coach Oscar Pareja wasted no time in putting him into the lineup. The winger started for FCD in CONCACAF Champions League play against Tauro in the first leg but then had one start in March and didn't start again until April 22.

A New Atlanta, United by Soccer - The New York Times
Jay Riddle moved to this city of transplants 14 years ago, and for much of that time, his life revolved around his job in the aerospace industry. His main sports fix was watching Arsenal matches on television each weekend. He knew little of Major League Soccer.

Toronto FC keep hold of lofty goals, but shift focus to "the little things" |
Through nine league matches, Toronto FC have already lost six, one more than they did in all of 2017, where the club set a new MLS record for most points in a season with 69. Gaps have opened: Eastern Conference leaders Atlanta United have an 18-point lead over the Reds; the holders of the East's sixth and final playoff spot, the New England Revolution, have a 10-point advantage.

Stejskal: The real Darlington Nagbe rises in Atlanta |
This is a story less about reality than perception; about how our hopes for what someone can be can blind us to the actuality of what they are; about how expectations, regardless of their validity, shape how we think and talk about everything around us.

After nearly quitting soccer, Red Bulls' Florian Valot emerges as regular |
Gifted on the ball and possessing a high work-rate, Valot’s emergence this year coincides with a strong run of form for the Red Bulls. He was an important piece in the team’s run through the Concacaf Champions League, making his first team debut midway through the first half of what would become an impressive win at Club Tijuana in the quarterfinals of the tournament. In league play, he’s held a high form as well, with three goals and three assists in seven appearances this year.

Will Bruin's injury puts Seattle Sounders under even greater strain |
Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer told reporters on Thursday at Seattle’s training session at Starfire Sports Complex that forward Will Bruin has “a partial tear in his plantar fascia” and that the timeline for his return is “a matter of weeks not days.” Bruin originally picked up the injury in Seattle’s 2-1 road win over Toronto FC last week.

Warshaw: Atlanta United are ditching the pack - here's how to keep pace |
It’d be an oversimplification to note that Atlanta United are at the top of the MLS standings. To truly understand their stature, it's necessary to watch them play, to have witnessed them overwhelm, overpower, and demoralize teams. Since their Opening Weekend loss to the Houston Dynamo, Atlanta have gone 8-1-1 with a plus-16 goal differential.

United States

US qualifying failure in T&T "still haunts me," Union's Bedoya tells Yahoo! |
As the 32 teams taking part in this year's FIFA World Cup announce their rosters and begin final preparations for Russia, many US national team players and fans find themselves feeling the pain of last fall's stunning qualifying failure all over again.

Community Corner: What upsets you most about American soccer right now? - Stars and Stripes FC
Well, it’s been a long 7 months since the United States lost to Trinidad and Tobago on that fateful night in Couva to crash out of 2018 World Cup contention. We’ve experienced all of the negative emotions that would come with such an outcome: grief, anger, shock, disbelief, and intense rage.


Barcelona legend Iniesta could move to Manchester City
Andres Iniesta is being lined up to replace Mikel Arteta at Manchester City. The Barcelona legend is Pep Guardiola’s number one choice to fill the void left by Arteta who is expected to be confirmed as Arsenal manager later this month.

Arsene Wenger 'still in a state of shock' after leaving as Arsenal manager
Arsene Wenger has said he is "in a state of shock" at no longer being Arsenal manager but wants to make a decision on his future before the World Cup. Wenger, adjusting to life away from the club he led for 22 years, told beIN Sports he would decide whether to manage another team or possibly move into a director's role.

Barcelona star Lionel Messi manages to stay hidden despite his fame
It is easy to find the most private superstar in the world. Seriously, it is. You just put Hogar de Messi -- hogar is Spanish for "home" -- into Google Maps, and up pops an address in Castelldefels, a gorgeous, windswept village carved into a mountain on the outskirts of Barcelona.