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Also: Crew reject bid for Wil Trapp, Zlatan loving the LA lifestyle, new power rankings are out and more!

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Portland

Pamplin Media Group - Timbers' new weapon: Powell on the attack
Timbers' new weapon: Powell on the attack, Local Sports, Portland local Sports, Breaking Sports alerts for Portland city.

Inside PTFC | Boureille, Franch and the changes that are inching Portland closer to the Courage | Portland Timbers

Major League Soccer

Crew SC rejects offer of $1.25 million from English team for Wil Trapp - Sports - The Columbus Dispatch - Columbus, OH
For the second time in less than a month, Crew SC has fielded and turned down a seven-figure offer for one of its national team-caliber players.

Sporting KC trades for Krisztian Nemeth in deal with NE | The Kansas City Star
Sporting KC has acquired forward Krisztian Nemeth in a trade with the New England Revolution, a source told The Star.

Atlanta United lose another fullback to long-term injury - Dirty South Soccer
Mikey Ambrose is the latest to be bitten by the injury bug.

'Rollin' in LA': Zlatan Ibrahimovic making most of new lifestyle in USA | Daily Mail Online
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has never been one to shy away from the limelight, and that was once again the case this week as he shared a video of himself on a motorbike 'rollin' in LA'.

MLS Power Rankings: Atlanta retain top spot but Timbers on their tail | MLSsoccer.com

Rumor: Atlanta United in talks with former French international Bacary Sagna - Dirty South Soccer
Help at fullback from the former Premier League defender?

Crew prepare to leave Columbus ... for a city about to launch another pro club | Football | The Guardian
The MLS side may swap Ohio for Austin, Texas. But is there a room in a city which could go from zero professional clubs to two?

Warshaw: Loaded at striker, LAFC will find a way to make Ramirez fit | MLSsoccer.com

The Salt: Transfer window closing, Beckerman still good, and what about a striker? - RSL Soapbox
In the fourth iteration of The Salt, let’s try not to be too dismayed about not signing anyone... yet. (Yet?)

View from the End Line: Is Orlando City in Need of a Rebuild or a Reshuffle? - The Mane Land
What is in order for the Lions to right the ship and get the level of play needed to consistently be a playoff team?

United States

ASN article: Standings tighten while young Americans step up

ESPN+ acquires Serie A rights in US in multi-year deal - World Soccer Talk
ESPN and ESPN+ have reached an exclusive, multi-year rights agreement in the United States for Italy’s Serie A.

World

Manchester United 2018-19 Premier League preview: Mourinho trouble?
Jose Mourinho has never stayed more than three full seasons at a club. This summer at Manchester United, he's been as grouchy and abrasive as ever.

Which new regime has a better Top Four chance: Chelsea or Arsenal?

Kepa Arrizabalaga pays release clause ahead of Chelsea move
Athletic Bilbao have confirmed that Kepa Arrizabalaga has paid his release clause ahead of a proposed move to Chelsea.

Stan Kroenke's Arsenal takeover 'absolutely disastrous' - Ian Wright
Arsenal legend Ian Wright is worried that American billionaire Stan Kroenke cares more about money than winning trophies.