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Around the Forest: MLS has become a ‘selling’ league

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Timbers

Portland Timbers close to full health ahead of 2019 regular season opener - oregonlive.com
Goalkeepers Aljaz Ivacic and Kendall McIntosh are the only Portland Timbers currently dealing with injuries leading into the club's 2019 MLS regular season opener against the Colorado Rapids Saturday.

Quick Strikes | Five numbers to know as the Timbers kick off 2019 in Colorado | Portland Timbers

Major League Soccer

MLS' new app combines highlights, fantasy soccer and merch
Major League Soccer is launching a new flagship app today ahead of the 2019 season that will let fans get highlights, tickets, merchandise and fantasy info in o...

MLS became a 'selling league' in 2019 with Almiron, Adams and Davies exits... and that's a good thing
For years, Major League Soccer has focused on bringing talent in but some high-profile sales this winter might have a bigger impact in the long run.

Who Will Challenge Atlanta United? | MLS 2019 Preview - YouTube

MLS: LAFC, D.C. United stadiums gunning for international recognition
Two MLS stadiums have been nominated for the Stadium Database's Stadium of the Year award. For LAFC and D.C. United, it is a vindication of their growth.

MLS 2019 predictions: A new champion and a record-breaking Zlatan Ibrahimovic | Football | The Guardian
The new season kicks off this weekend. Our panel of writers deliver their verdicts on the MVP, MLS Cup champions and white shirts

MLS reaching new heights, but this may only be the beginning
MLS commissioner Don Garber has overseen a dramatic transformation since taking over in 1999, and the league is showing no signs of slowing down.

Turning the page with one final look at the season | Best Moments of 2018 | MLSsoccer.com

Stejskal: LA Galaxy "close" to selling Ola Kamara to China | MLSsoccer.com

Why A New And Improved SuperLiga 2.0 Would Be Great For MLS Teams - The Bent Musket
New England’s most revered continental tournament might be returning, and that’s a good thing if MLS clubs want to end LigaMX’s regional dominance.

MLS remains mum on Robert Kraft as graphic affidavits come to light | Pro Soccer USA
Affidavits graphically describe New England Revolution owner Robert Kraft's visits to a Florida spa where he allegedly solicited prostitution.

FiveThirtyEight projections: Favorites for MLS Cup, playoffs and Week 1 | MLSsoccer.com

Minnesota United’s starting lineup now ‘on equal footing’ with MLS competition – Twin Cities

ESPN+ And Major League Soccer Present Groundbreaking Sports Reality Series, ‘WE ARE LAFC’ | Los Angeles Football Club

Predictions For The Eastern Conference In 2019 - Hot Time In Old Town
With a new season schedule and playoff format, can the Fire find a way back to the postseason?

Wayne Rooney believes Europe should look to MLS for more Miguel Almirons | MLSsoccer.com

MLS fantasy stars to know for 2019
MLS fantasy soccer has arrived at ESPN, so it's time to build your team. Where should you start? Here are 10 of the best players in the league to help you build your squad.

Real Salt Lake sign midfielder Justin Portillo from Real Monarchs | MLSsoccer.com

Book excerpt: How Jordan Morris navigated politics of U.S. soccer to become Sounders’ hometown star – The Athletic ($)
When it finally came time for Jordan Morris to decide where to begin his professional career, it no longer felt like his choice alone.

Scoring concerns linger as NYCFC defeats Nashville SC in preseason finale | Pro Soccer USA
Although a new striker has not arrived to reinforce the attacking corps for the New York City Football Club, the “Romanian Giovinco” is suitably in place.