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Timbers

Marco Farfan goes back to school to deliver donation to local Latina youth | Portland Timbers

Timbers' David Guzmán, Marvin Loría called up by Costa Rica for international match against United States | Portland Timbers

Portland Timbers prepared to make significant investment in new Designated Player | oregonlive.com
The Portland Timbers are planning to invest a significant amount of money in a new Designated Player. They have narrowed down their search to two young attacking targets.

Major League Soccer

Chicago Fire unveil new 2019 jersey, featuring Motorola as jersey partner | MLSsoccer.com

Sacramento Republic: Ron Burkle joins as lead investor in MLS push | SI.com
Sacramento Republic has made a giant stride toward securing an MLS expansion franchise after landing a new lead investor with deep pockets.

FC Cincinnati sign winger Roland Lamah after Re-Entry Draft selection | MLSsoccer.com

GAM, TAM, DPs and more: Answering your MLS salary budget questions – The Athletic ($)
Breaking down some of the more complicated questions surrounding MLS' byzantine salary cap rules.

By The Numbers: How far will each MLS team travel in 2019 - Big D Soccer
Hope the players have all opened accounts to accumulate those miles!

Austin Bold FC excited to compete for fans with MLS
Soon Bold FC will have to battle for the hearts, minds and dollars of Austin soccer fans against Austin FC.

How a few coaches forged a pipeline to MLS from the lower leagues – The Athletic ($)
MLS has only recently begun looking for players in the U.S. and Canadian lower divisions. Could coaches be next to benefit?

LAFC: Personnel only part of the defensive problem
LAFC are attempting to fix their defensive problems this season. But their weaknesses go beyond just the personnel available.

Columbus Crew SC's Federico Higuaín lauds #SaveTheCrew movement | Pro Soccer USA
With Columbus Crew SC officially saved and staying in Ohio, the team’s players have a weight off their shoulders heading into the 2019 season.

Orlando City focused on building culture during preseason training at IMG Academy | Pro Soccer USA
Orlando City is working toward building the culture coach James O'Connor has envisioned since joining the club in the middle of 2018.

Tim Howard looks back on playing career, forward to plans after 2019 | MLSsoccer.com

Union may try to stop Mark McKenzie from playing for U.S. national team at Under-20 World Cup
The centerback's outstanding rookie season has led the Union to try to keep him away from the squad for the Under-20 World Cup in May and June.

An open letter to Darren Eales - Dirty South Soccer
Please, I beg you

Atlanta United to play four closed-doors preseason friendlies ahead of CCL - Dirty South Soccer
Here’s how the Five Stripes will prepare for the real games.

United States National Team

USA roster cut to 23 players ahead of friendlies - Stars and Stripes FC
Berhalter cuts the roster down for the matches against Panama and Costa Rica

Press goal leads USA to 1-0 win over Spain - Stars and Stripes FC
In a clash of styles, the US managed to edge Spain through an imPressive effort on the ball.

World Soccer

Report: Rafa Benitez threatens to leave Newcastle United if Miguel Almiron isn’t bought - Dirty South Soccer
Rafa wants his top target.

Was it wrong for Man City to beat Burton 9-0? Or are critics missing the point of football?
Should you worry about embarrassing your opposition or score as many goals as you can? Man City-Burton provided the perfect test case for debate.

Sarri confirms Higuain arrival at Chelsea, but not in time for Spurs match - We Ain't Got No History
Expectations are high for Chelsea’s newest striker

No one wants Danny Drinkwater, apparently - We Ain't Got No History
No interest