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Around the Forest: San Jose’s Matías Almeyda confirms he’ll be around for 2020 season

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Also: Steve Clark talks Supporters Player of the Year award, Paredes and Zambrano called in for international duty; Can Atlanta United repeat? And more!

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With renewed importance to Timbers’ MLS Cup hopes, Jeremy Ebobisse has another opportunity to take – The Athletic ($)
The American forward will be one of Portland's top attacking options with Brian Fernandez out and Diego Valeri on the mend.

Portland Timbers clinch playoff berth with win over San Jose Earthquakes: 5 takeaways - oregonlive.com
The Timbers beat San Jose 3-1 Sunday. Here are the Oregonian/OregonLive's five takeaways from the game.

Steve Clark on Supporters' Player of the Year honor: "Educated fanbase" means award matters more | Portland Timbers

Timbers Paredes, Zambrano called up for international matches | Portland Timbers

Major League Soccer

Chicago Fire sign Spanish midfielder Álvaro Medrán | Pro Soccer USA
The Chicago Fire announced Álvaro Medrán's signing on Thursday. The Spanish midfielder has experience playing in La Liga.

Seattle Sounders confident of MLS playoff run: We've "been there and done that" | MLSsoccer.com

Zlatan Ibrahimovic headlines Opta MLS Best XI 2019 - LAG Confidential
The stats don’t lie.

Sporting KC Contracts: End of 2019 - The Blue Testament
A quick look at the roster as of the final day of the 2019 season.

Can Atlanta repeat? Why all 14 playoff teams could lift MLS Cup - and why they won't
Hopes of postseason glory might never be higher among all 14 playoff teams, so we detail why each could lift MLS Cup and why each probably won't.

REPORT: NYCFC looking to sign Florinel Coman from FCSB - Hudson River Blue
The star Romanian prospect has been linked to the Bronx Blues for what would be a team record transfer fee

Tim Howard reveals top teammate, lowest moment as esteemed career ends | MLSsoccer.com
Tim Howard has plenty of stories to tell, and some surfaced in an ESPN piece where Howard provides a first-person account of his extensive playing careers

NYCFC embrace 'huge step' of clinching Concacaf Champions League berth | Pro Soccer USA
NYCFC are excited to challenge themselves among international competition after clinching a first-ever Concacaf Champions League berth.

Matias Almeyda confirms he's staying with San Jose Earthquakes for 2020 | MLSsoccer.com
After much speculation about where Matias Almedya's managerial future would lie, he announced Wednesday that he'll be with the San Jose Earthquakes for the 2020 MLS season.

FC Cincinnati announces roster, contract decisions for 2020
FC Cincinnati didn't wait long into the offseason to make key roster decisions.

Making a title case for each MLS playoff team
Major League Soccer's playoff format has made the route to the MLS Cup Final a bit easier for a Cinderella.

Mike Petke’s contract with Real Salt Lake, explained - RSL Soapbox
Did you know Mike Petke was given a bonus for playing youth players?

How Colorado’s Robin Fraser is breaking ground for black coaches in MLS | Football | The Guardian
The longtime MLS assistant and former USA defender is only the second African American head coach in league history

MLS Cup Playoffs 101: Everything you need to know about the 2019 postseason | MLSsoccer.com
Here’s all you need to know about the playoff format. There have been some changes from 2018, so this should serve as an update for newcomers and longtime fans alike.

Columbus Crew Is Saved But Not Particularly Well-Attended | WOSU Radio
At the last home game of the 2019 season, a puff of yellow smoke fills the air in the Columbus Crew’s Nordecke supporter section, as fans donning black and

LAFC, Target Ink First Sleeve Sponsorship in Major League Soccer - Bloomberg
Los Angeles Football Club is the first franchise in Major League Soccer to add a second jersey advertisement, agreeing to a deal with Target Corp. that will launch next season.

A decade after the Philadelphia Union opened their stadium, many Chester locals still aren’t feeling the benefits of its presence – The Athletic ($)
The Philadelphia Union arrived in Chester promising local economic development. So far, little of that has come to fruition.

The Best of Bastian Schweinsteiger in MLS | MLSsoccer.com
Bastian Schweinsteiger called time on an illustrious career this week. In honor of his tenure with the Chicago Fire, here's a selection of Schweinsteiger's best moments in MLS.

New England Revolution, Inter Miami launch USL League One teams for 2020 | MLSsoccer.com

San Jose Earthquakes offer new contract to captain Chris Wondolowski | Pro Soccer USA
The San Jose Earthquakes would like to keep Chris Wondolowski, the MLS record holder in goals scored, around for at least another season.

Warshaw: MLS' best defensive midfielders who deserve your respect | MLSsoccer.com
If there is a time-honored tradition in sports, it’s constantly failing to give the proper respect to heroes who don’t make the highlights. In soccer, those heroes are the defensive midfielders.

Michael Parkhurst is the best center back to ever play in MLS - Dirty South Soccer
Can’t trust my heart on this, so we’ll make do with the numbers