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Timbers

Portland Timbers fall 1-0 to Phoenix Rising in preseason - oregonlive.com

Which Attackers Should The Portland Timbers Target? - Oregon Sports News

T2 products Marvin Loria, Renzo Zambrano out to prove themselves with Portland Timbers - oregonlive.com
Marvin Loria and Renzo Zambrano both earned contracts with the Portland Timbers this year after successful stints with the club's second division team, T2.

Major League Soccer

Warshaw: Atlanta United performance on Thursday is no surprise | MLSsoccer.com

Nashville SC: Crest, logo, colors unveiled by MLS expansion team | SI.com
Nashville SC reveals its look ahead of its entry into MLS.

Why the Colorado Rapids and other MLS teams are so secretive about the preseason
MLS teams rarely provide any information about their preseason matches. What's with all the secrecy?

Mexican clubs open to combined Liga MX-Major League Soccer competition
Liga MX club presidents are looking north to the United States and aren't discounting a combined North American league at some point in the future.

Vermes on MLS Expansion: “We’re going to go to 40 [teams in MLS]” - The Blue Testament
Vermes: "At one point I thought we were going to go to 32, I guarantee we aren’t stopping there."

Offseason grades for every Eastern Conference MLS team | Pro Soccer USA

Concacaf Champions League Round of 16, Leg 1 results, analysis and more - Dirty South Soccer
The first wave of action is in the books. Here’s how it went down.

Columbus Crew: Commissioner Don Garber discusses his 'parallel path' vision - News - The Columbus Dispatch - Columbus, OH
Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber defended his, and the league’s, handling of the once-potential move of Crew SC to Austin, Texas, while expressing confidence in new ownership and the new stadium plans for the club.

On the Wing, Jordan Morris Remains a Striker - Sounder At Heart
The position change makes no difference to his play.

Minnesota United: Darwin Quintero ploughing the Loons furrow
Minnesota United fans feel this is the season to achieve a playoff berth. Darwin Quintero is a legit star. But he can plough the Loons' playoff furrow?

Luciano Acosta & Wayne Rooney, Cheyna Matthews & all the DC soccer new - Black And Red United
Soccer, go!

World Football

Why has Paul Pogba improved so dramatically under Solskjaer? | The Debate - YouTube

Jose Mourinho cost Manchester United a shot at the Premier League title
It doesn't take Alan Turing to figure out that if Mourinho were sacked and Solskjaer hired sooner, United would have mounted a real title challenge.

Report: “Wheels in motion” for James Rodriguez to make Real Madrid return - Bavarian Football Works
Bayern Munich’s star midfielder seems set on spending his future in Spain.