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Portland

'False security' not an issue as Thorns FC prepare for NWSL Championship rematch against the Courage | Portland Timbers

7 reasons you need to watch the Portland Thorns in the NWSL Championship | OregonLive.com
The Portland Thorns will play the Courage in the NWSL Championship Game Saturday. Here is why fans should watch.

Major League Soccer

How Atlanta United overcame a 4-1 deficit to beat San Jose Earthquakes 4-3 - Dirty South Soccer
Seriously, what just happened?

Teammates not blaming Stefan Frei after loss to Philadelphia - Sounder At Heart
After the game, Stefan Frei’s teammates had nothing but messages of support for the goalkeeper.

Auston Trusty: Soccer Pro, Student, Model, & Avocado Toast Connoisseur - YouTube

Atlanta United offers Martino contract
Gerardo Martino said after Wednesday’s 4-3 win against San Jose that he has a received a...

Friedel on Revs’ new signing: He’s a goal scorer - The Bent Musket
Revs head coach Brad Friedel gives the lowdown on Guillermo Hauche.

Cristian Lobato Out for the Season - The Blue Testament
Sporting Kansas City will be without a diverse piece as the playoffs approach.

Nashville hires firm for lucrative MLS stadium construction contract after protest rejected
The Nashville Sports Authority is moving forward with its pick to lead construction of an MLS stadium after another bidder's appeal was denied.

Atlanta United: Ezequiel Barco's battle with expectations
Ezequiel Barco arrived in MLS full of expectations. As the 2018 season concludes, Barco's play has Atlanta United fans asking: Is he worth it?

Toronto FC's Greg Vanney gives no excuses for Campeones Cup defeat
For Toronto FC manager Greg Vanney, Wednesday's 3-1 defeat to Tigres in the Campeones Cup was a microcosm of his team's season.

MLS news: New York Red Bulls to wear special boots in support of Tackle Kids Cancer | Goal.com
The New York Red Bulls showed off some special boots, designed by young cancer patients and players in support of Tackle Kids Cancer

Josef Martinez scores 29th and 30th goals of season to lead Atlanta United past San Jose | FOX Sports
Josef Martinez scored his 29th and 30th goals of the season to give Atlanta United a wild win over San Jose.

United States National Team

ASN article: With tumultuous year over, Gooch eyes promotion and USMNT return

UCL wrap: USMNT’s Pulisic, McKennie shine – ProSoccerTalk
Spurs and Liverpool threw away leads and only the latter recovered to get a result on a busy night in Europe.

Report: USMNT’s Zimmerman has interest from Premier League, Europe – ProSoccerTalk
Zimmerman leads LAFC in interceptions, clearances, and blocks per game, and is MLS Top Ten in those categories as well.

World Soccer

Barcelona transfer news: Barca open talks with Corinthians over Pedrinho deal | Goal.com
Barcelona have opened talks with Corinthians midfielder Pedrinho, Goal understands.

Has Liverpool Closed The Gap On Manchester City?
More than a month into the English Premier League season, Liverpool seems to have closed the gap with Manchester City atop the English soccer pecking order.

Cristiano Ronaldo red card: Emre Can apologises for sexist slur in wake of Ronaldo red card | Goal.com
Emre Can reacted with stunned amazement after seeing a replay of Cristiano Ronaldo’s red card against Valencia and has since apologised for his outburst.

Why Shaqiri might not travel for Liverpool's clash with Red Star Belgrade | Goal.com
Shaqiri was embroiled in political controversy following the double eagle celebration he made after scoring against Serbia, and may not face Red Star

MLS may view La Liga game in U.S. as 'attack' - Javier Tebas
La Liga president Javier Tebas fears Major League Soccer may view plans to stage a regular-season game in the United States as a threat.