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Portland

Turned down by D.C. United academy, 15-year-old moves cross-country alone for another - The Washington Post
Hundreds of teenagers are enrolled in such MLS development programs, which can lead to college scholarships and, for a select few, a contract. Fewer go to the lengths of Jairo Guevara of Alexandria, Va., who relocated to Portland.

Despite loss in championship, Portland Thorns can build off successful 2018 season | OregonLive.com
Despite numerous injuries and a poor start to the 2018 NWSL season, the Portland Thorns came together late in the year to jump to second place in the NWSL standings and go on to secure a spot in the NWSL Championship Game for the second-straight season.

Inside PTFC | Answers for inconsistency proving elusive for Portland Timbers | Portland Timbers

Major League Soccer

Vancouver Whitecaps part ways with coach Carl Robinson, two assistants
The Whitecaps are four points out of the sixth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with five matches remaining in the regular season.

This summer, D.C. United got a new stadium, a new star and, in me, a new fan - The Washington Post
"The black and red of United had joined the black and gold of Pittsburgh in my sports-loving heart."

FiveThirtyEight: Galaxy still alive, Whitecaps suffer devastating loss | MLSsoccer.com

Miguel Almiron, Tito Villalba among Juan Carlos Osorio’s initial Paraguay callups - Dirty South Soccer
A chance for the Atlanta United dynamic duo to impress the new boss.

MLS Ultras: plastic wannabes or sign of a thriving league? | Football | The Guardian
Football in North America has been on a quest for authenticity for decades. It’s debatable whether hardcore fans are helping or hindering that goal

Report: MLS to consider lowering maximum Designated Players – ProSoccerTalk
MLS is as watchable as ever, with more talent top-to-bottom than ever before, but the slope can get pretty slippery.

New York Red Bulls' Bradley Wright-Phillips said what!? - YouTube

Loons CEO says Heath, GM Lagos 'get passing grade' - StarTribune.com
With Minnesota United nearly two full seasons into its MLS existence and having a combined record of 20-34-9, many have wondered if a change in leadership is on the horizon.

Seven Possible Fire Departures This Offseason - Hot Time In Old Town
Some of these are going to hurt if our predictions come true

MLS: Top 10 goals of Week 30 - Atlanta United wonder goals
This week's goals were undoubtedly highlighted by Atlanta United who scored some absolute stunners. Here are the top 10 goals from MLS Week 30.

United Soccer League

United Soccer League confirms new branding league structure
The United Soccer League has unveiled a new structure as well as a revamped branding of its three leagues, the organization announced on Tuesday.

United States National Team

FC Dallas' Oscar Pareja - 'I have not met with anyone' about coaching U.S. team
Asked if he would be interested in coaching the U.S. team, FC Dallas' Oscar Pareja said: "Yes, I think it is something any coach would aspire to."

Josh Sargent close to Werder Bremen breakthrough - Stars and Stripes FC
Close to a breakthrough in Germany.

Pop Culture

The Rock’s ‘Ballers’ has amazingly absurd recruiting plot - SBNation.com
The HBO show doesn’t understand how recruiting works.

FIFA 19

FIFA 19 - Neymar Jr. new skills tutorial - YouTube

FIFA 19: Welbeck vs Shaw | "Bare Button Bashing!" | FIFA Challenge - YouTube

World Soccer

Jose Mourinho tells Paul Pogba he'll never captain Manchester United again - sources
Jose Mourinho has told Paul Pogba he will not captain Manchester United again as the relationship between the pair becomes increasingly strained.

Atlanta United’s “Tata” Martino to become next Mexico National Team coach — Report - FMF State Of Mind
Gerardo "Tata" Martino now looks like a strong candidate to take over the reigns of "El Tri".

Neymar quit Barcelona to become the world’s biggest star but risks sliding into irrelevance with Paris Saint-Germain | The Independent