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Also: Timbers able to hit the ground running in pre-season; The Galaxy are trying to restructure Gio dos Santos’ contract; Could Fredy Montero return to the Caps? And more!

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Timbers

How "pura vida" helped define Portland's preseason excursion abroad to Costa Rica | Portland Timbers

With same coach and core, Portland Timbers able to hit the ground running in preseason - oregonlive.com
The Portland Timbers are entering their second season under Giovanni Savarese. With the same coach and the same core of players, the Timbers have been able to hit the ground running early in preseason.

Major League Soccer

Miguel Almiron says MLS is 'improving' despite exit to Premier League
Almiron joined Newcastle for around £20 million ($26m) on deadline day last month, the highest amount ever received by an MLS club.

Sebastian Mendez impressed by Orlando City's pursuit to land him | MLSsoccer.com

MLS offseason trends: Star sales, coaching hires, league direction | SI.com
Why the exodus of talent and marketable stars can be a good thing for MLS–if its teams react accordingly–and a closer look at the multitude of coaching hires that can have a big impact on the league.

Atlanta United: Keeping the Champions together
This offseason, the Atlanta United squad is the subject of interest from various global clubs. Keeping the Champions together will not be easy.

NYCFC name midfielder Alex Ring second captain in club history | MLSsoccer.com

New York Red Bulls close to signing Danish forward Mathias Jorgensen | Pro Soccer USA
The New York Red Bulls are close to signing 18-year-old Danish forward Mathias Jorgensen, who is in New Jersey ahead of a possible transfer.

Chip Bowers: Marlins Park won’t host Inter Miami MLS games in 2020 - Fish Stripes
The new MLS team hopes to eventually build a stadium, but needs a temporary home for its inaugural season. The Marlins couldn’t reach a deal.

Why Marco Fabian is a risk worth taking for the Philadelphia Union | Goal.com
The Mexican standout has been linked to the Union, but concerns about his recent injury history have led to a mixed reaction to the possibility

Stejskal: LA Galaxy attempting to restructure Giovani dos Santos' contract | MLSsoccer.com

Football news - David Beckham statue to be unveiled at LA Galaxy - MLS 2019 - Football - Eurosport
A statue of David Beckham will be unveiled by LA Galaxy ahead of their MLS season opener at Dignity Health Sports Park.

Warshaw: Five MLS players poised to make the big leap in 2019 | MLSsoccer.com

Could Fredy Montero return to Whitecaps? Dos Santos admits it's "possible" | MLSsoccer.com

After epic '18, Atlanta's Martinez sets sights on Concacaf Champions League | MLSsoccer.com

World Football

Highest-paid footballers: Messi crowned as biggest earner ahead of Ronaldo & Griezmann | Goal.com
Lionel Messi's monthly salary of €8.3 million (£7.3m/$9.5m) makes him the highest-paid footballer in Europe, ahead of the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Antoine Griezmann and Neymar.

Real Madrid's Solari rejects Isco claim that he does not get same chance as teammates
Asked at his prematch news conference about Isco's claims, Solari said: "The job of a professional footballer is to train at 100 percent."

Emiliano Sala: Cardiff City boss leads tributes after body identified | Football | The Guardian
Neil Warnock and striker Sergio Agüero among those to offer condolences to family