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Timbers

10 questions facing the Portland Timbers in 2019 | OregonLive.com
The Timber open preseason training Tuesday. We're taking a look at 10 key questions facing the Timbers in 2019.

Report: Portland Timbers seeking young Designated Player signing at striker | MLSsoccer.com

Portland Timbers reportedly in discussions with two potential Designated Player targets | oregonlive.com
The Portland Timbers are continuing their pursuit of a Designated Player at the forward position and have reportedly narrowed down their search to two potential players. One of those players in Argentine forward Ezequiel Ponce, according to Paul Tenorio of the Athletic.

Major League Soccer

Wayne Rooney: Luciano Acosta deserves more credit for DC turnaround | MLSsoccer.com

For Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Year 2 with LA Galaxy is about unfinished business | MLSsoccer.com

Report: Veteran defender Aurelien Collin joining Philadelphia Union - Brotherly Game
The 32-year-old was the 2013 MLS Cup MVP with Sporting Kansas City

LAFC announce six 2019 preseason games - Angels on Parade
Black-and-gold to face MLS, J-League sides.

D.C. United, goalkeeper David Ousted seem close to parting ways - The Washington Post
The MLS club continues looking for ways to discard a guaranteed contract worth almost $400,000, an exorbitant sum for an MLS backup.

Report: Another Portuguese heavyweight takes interest in DC's Chris Durkin | MLSsoccer.com

Caleb Porter ‘feeling alive’ again as he returns to MLS as new head coach of Columbus Crew | oregonlive.com
Caleb Porter was named the head coach of the Columbus Crew in early January, over a year after he stepped down as head coach of the Portland Timbers. Porter is as busy as ever these days, but says that returning to coaching has made him feel alive again.

Nicolas Lodeiro doesn't mince words about desire to return to Boca Juniors | MLSsoccer.com

Orlando City striker Dom Dwyer delivers shortest MLS media day interview | Pro Soccer USA
Orlando City striker Dom Dwyer didn't want to answer questions from an Orlando-based reporter for Pro Soccer USA, which is owned by the Orlando Sentinel.

Nashville fairgrounds: Tennessee Rep.'s group sues to stop MLS stadium
A nonprofit led by newly elected U.S. Rep. John Rose, R-Tennessee, that operates the annual Tennessee State Fair sued Metro Nashville Friday seeking an injunction to halt construction of the city's new Major League Soccer stadium at the fairgrounds.

MLS needs more villains - Stars and Stripes FC
Everyone loves a good villain, but MLS is a little short on them. Enter Austin .

Once foes, Adi and Waston excited to battle together for FC Cincinnati | MLSsoccer.com

Montreal Impact Deal with BMO Expands to Include Esports
On January 20, Major League Soccer club Montreal Impact announced that their partnership with the Bank of Montreal will now include their esports platform.

Facing a roster rebuild, Reyna looks to lead NYCFC in more balanced direction – The Athletic ($)
After a splashy introduction to MLS, NYCFC will now pursue a more league-standard approach to roster building.

World Football

Madrid; James Rodriguez rumors galore; and MORE! - Bavarian Football Works
Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane could reportedly leave England, but would he choose Bayern Munich or Real Madrid? Also, the Spurs, Arsenal, and Napoli may all be still pursuing James Rodriguez and MORE!

Barcelona news: 'If Messi doesn't deserve the Ballon d'Or I know nothing about football' – Atletico Madrid's Filipe Luis | Goal.com
Atletico Madrid full-back Filipe Luis has weighed in on the 2018 Ballon d'Or debate, insisting that Lionel Messi should have scooped the award ahead of Luka Modric.

Juventus Cristiano Ronaldo fined for tax fraud avoids jail term
Cristiano Ronaldo was fined almost €19 million ($21.6 million) for tax fraud on Tuesday but will avoid serving a 23-month prison sentence.

Chelsea boss Sarri holds meeting with players after motivation criticism - sources
Maurizio Sarri held a meeting with his Chelsea players at Cobham on Monday after accusing them of being 'extremely difficult to motivate.'

Usain Bolt signals professional football dream is over: 'It was fun while it lasted'
Jamaican sprint great Usain Bolt has signalled that his hopes of a professional football career are over, saying: "It was fun while it lasted."