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Around the Forest: Rapids midfielder Kellyn Acosta signs new three year deal

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Timbers

If Timbers wait till summer for a new striker, here are their options for finding goals – The Athletic ($)
With Valeri about to turn 33 and Ebobisse still growing into the role, scoring will be a concern for Portland

Paraguayan right back Jorge Moreira joins Portland Timbers in Arizona - oregonlive.com
Paraguayan right back Jorge Moreira has joined the Portland Timbers in Tucson, Arizona for preseason training camp. The club expected to officially announce the signing of Moreira this week.

Major League Soccer

Toronto FC gearing up for typical CCL experience against brand new opponent | MLSsoccer.com

MLS: 2019 Sporting Kansas City season predictions | The Kansas City Star
Sporting KC will open its 2019 schedule Thursday with a home match against Deportivo Toluca (Mexico) in the CONCACAF Champions League. The MLS regular season begins March 3, after a return trip to Toluca next week.

Chris Armas, New York Red Bulls ready for the unknown in Atletico Pantoja | MLSsoccer.com

VIDEO - MLS Must Win CONCACAF Champions League | SI.com
After Toronto FC's heartbreaking loss in the CONCACAF Champions League final, Grant Wahl says that MLS won't be seen as a league with legitimate global ambitions until they finally win the tournament. For more of Planet Futbol, subscribe to SI TV.

Stejskal: Colorado Rapids sign Kellyn Acosta to new three-year contract | MLSsoccer.com

VIDEO - MLS Commissioner Says "No Timetable" On Announcing A 28th Team | SI.com
MLS expansion has spread rapidly over the past couple of years with 24 teams currently playing and 3 more committed to joining MLS. How much further is MLS looking to expand and when can we expect the announcement of a 28th team? For more Planet Futbol, subscribe to SI TV.

For Nani, Orlando City SC made their offer at the perfect time | MLSsoccer.com

Darlington Nagbe back in training; says he’s happy in Atlanta - Dirty South Soccer
The weird Nagbe saga appears to be moving toward a happy ending.

Orlando City midfielder Sacha Kljestan says Lions are pushing in the right direction | Pro Soccer USA
Orlando City midfielder Sacha Kljestan, who is entering is 10th MLS season, is optimistic about the direction of the club.

Going one-on-one with eMLS League Series Two champ doolsta | MLSsoccer.com

After Giovinco and Vazquez exits, Toronto must reload quickly to recapture magic of 2017
Sebastian Giovinco is gone, as is Victor Vazquez. Architect Tim Bezbatchenko, too. Much has changed since Toronto was the best in MLS history.

Vermes Responds to Fans that Say Sporting KC Don’t Spend - The Blue Testament
"If I can get a player here on a recruiting trip. I can sell a player in two seconds."

In #CCC19 opener, an unexpected test – and passing grade – for Crew SC | Columbus Crew SC

Heard on the Street: At the LA Galaxy 'Midnight Navy' Kit Unveiling - Urban Pitch

Nashville MLS: Soccer team planning name, logo announcement
Nashville's soccer team is planning an announcement on Wednesday at Marathon Music Works as part of the team's MLS expansion.

LAFC sign goalkeeper Pablo Sisniega from La Liga club Real Sociedad
Sisniega becomes LAFC's second goalkeeper in the squad and is expected to provide cover for former U.S. youth international Tyler Miller.

MLS Eastern Conference preview with Matt Doyle - Black And Red United
We have actual footage to discuss!

Junior Moreno keeps close watch on his native Venezuela from D.C. United camp - The Washington Post
The midfielder is keeping tabs on the tense situation in his native country.

World Soccer

Bayern earning draw amid Anfield atmosphere hardly a nightmare for Liverpool
Bayern Munich silenced usually raucous Anfield, but without an away goal, that's not nearly the disaster scenario for Liverpool it appears to be.

Rumor: Borussia Dortmund interested in signing German trio
Borussia Dortmund are reportedly looking to sign German trio Timo Werner, Maximilian Eggestein and Philipp Max in the summer.

Real Madrid star Bale still waiting on possible ban for Barcelona double header - sources
Gareth Bale is still facing an anxious wait to discover if he will be allowed to play in the upcoming Copa del Rey and La Liga Clasicos.

James Rodriguez 'Has Everything' in Madrid, Discusses Bayern Munich Future | Bleacher Report | Latest News, Videos and Highlights
Bayern Munich midfielder James Rodriguez has hinted he would be keen to rejoin the Real Madrid squad at the end of the season, saying he "has everything" in the Spanish capital...