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Also: Don Garber on expansion; Carlos Vela injury sure to impact LAFC; How does CJ Sapong fit in with the Chicago Fire and more!

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Timbers

Portland Timbers coach Giovanni Savarese pleased with competition in preseason training - oregonlive.com
With 11 days left before opening day, the Portland Timbers still have players vying for positions in the starting lineup and in the 18.

Timbers defender Jorge Moreira: ‘I came here to win my spot and be a starter’ - oregonlive.com
Portland Timbers right back Jorge Moreira is out to earn a starting position with the Timbers.

Major League Soccer

Transfer Talk: Joe Hart linked with Major League Soccer move
Joe Hart has slipped down the pecking order at Burnley and has now been linked with a move to MLS. Transfer Talk is LIVE with the latest.

Fredy Montero keen to play "Portuguese style" on Vancouver Whitecaps return | MLSsoccer.com

For the Culture: Black Soccer in North America | MLSsoccer.com

LAFC: Carlos Vela injury like pulling out the jenga piece
LAFC's Carlos Vela suffered a knock to his knee on Saturday. Any injury to the Mexican is like pulling out the central Jenga piece: catastrophic.

Don Garber: MLS commissioner on expansion, new CBA, owners, more | SI.com
Don Garber just signed a new five-year extension as MLS commissioner, and he discusses his personal future and the many pressing items on the docket for his league on this week's Planet Fútbol Podcast.

FC Cincinnati takeaways: Club turns to MLS regular season, away from ugly Crew SC loss
FC Cincinnati's first-ever MLS preseason ended with a dull thud Saturday night.

For David Beckham and Miami, a Bumpy Road Enters the Homestretch - The New York Times
The team, which still faces lawsuits related to its latest proposed stadium site, will enter Major League Soccer in 2020.

MLS Uniforms 2019: The new primary and secondary kits for each team - SBNation.com
The new MLS season starts March 2, so here’s the lowdown on the new primary and secondary uniforms you’ll be seeing this season.

Atlanta United: Rotation an absolute necessity
Atlanta United have their eyes set on multiple goals this season, one of which is defending their MLS Cup title. To do so, they will have to rotate smartly.

Higuain 'easily' a top-five No. 10 in MLS according to Porter | Columbus Crew SC

When will MLS have a U.S.-born black head coach? ‘It’s on a lot of black players’ minds’ – The Athletic ($)
MLS initiatives to diversify its coaching ranks have so far fallen short

MLS May Add Betting, Google Disrupts Consoles, More Women In Esports
MLS may soon be the next major U.S. sports league to embrace gambling, while women are becoming a growing force within esports.

How C.J. Sapong fits in with the Chicago Fire | Pro Soccer USA
The Fire traded for striker C.J. Sapong, but don't have a clear spot for him in the starting lineup. What will his role be like in 2019?

World Football

Chelsea Goalie Invented A New Way To Disrespect Maurizio Sarri In The League Cup Final
As the final minutes of extra time in the Carabao Cup final ticked away, the action started to reach levels that had not been seen all game.

Mike Dean removed from match official duty for Chelsea vs. Tottenham - Cartilage Free Captain
The move comes after an altercation between Dean and Pochettino at the end of Spurs’ loss to Burnley

BFW Film Room: breaking down James Rodriguez’s frustrating form - Bavarian Football Works
Counter to the improvements on the defensive end of the pitch, Bayern Munich have struggled to generate offensively over the last two matches and James Rodriguez is a big part of the problem.