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Timbers

FC Cincinnati 2019 schedule: Prediction for Portland Timbers FC match
FC Cincinnati hosts Portland Timbers FC on Sunday at 5 p.m. The match is Cincinnati's MLS home opener at Nippert Stadium and will be broadcast on FS1.

Portland Timbers looking for better defensive performance in Cincinnati - oregonlive.com
The Portland Timbers have conceded seven goals in two games. No other team in MLS has allowed more than five goals so far this season. The Timbers are focused on addressing the defensive issues ahead of Sunday's game against FC Cincinnati.

FC Cincinnati striker Fanendo Adi prepares for ‘emotional’ game against Portland Timbers - oregonlive.com
FC Cincinnati striker Fanendo Adi said that Sunday's game against the Portland Timbers will be emotional. Adi spent four and a half successful seasons with the Timbers before the club traded him to Cincinnati last July.

Major League Soccer

Luchi Gonzalez hoping FC Dallas maintains foundation on first road trip | MLSsoccer.com

Can Sacramento land a Major League Soccer franchise? | The Sacramento Bee
After several years of rapid expansion, the New York-based MLS has room for one more team this year, the league’s 28th. The league will likely take breather. Two cities appear to head the pack, Sacramento and St. Louis.

Parchman: How Davies, Adams and other recent exports will affect valuation of MLS players on the global market – The Athletic ($)
In its history, MLS has received transfer fees for 13 players who were 21 or younger, roughly half of them since January 2016

MLS tactical trends: Fire’s CBs play it safe; the Medunjanin conundrum; more from Week 2 – The Athletic ($)
We gave teams a pass in week one of the 2019 Major League Soccer season, but now that the season is...

'Pity' Martinez aiming to keep Atlanta on top, enhance chances for a European future
'Pity' Martinez is the latest South American import to arrive in Atlanta and while his stay may be brief, it could mutually benefit both sides.

Jeff Berding: FC Cincinnati working with MLS, FloSports to improve streaming deal
FC Cincinnati heard clearly the concerns and frustrations of the fan base regarding the club's streaming deal with FloSports, but you knew that already.

MLS Seeks Digital Innovation Through Four-Pronged Approach
Digital is the future for Major League Soccer, and a multi-faceted strategy could one day take the league to new heights.

MLS Power Rankings Week 2: Seattle Sounders move up to No. 1 | Pro Soccer USA
Coming off a 2-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids, the Seattle Sounders jump to the No. 1 spot in Pro Soccer USA's MLS Power Rankings for Week 2.

Can Alejandro Pozuelo fill Giovinco's shoes with Toronto FC? | Pro Soccer USA
Can Toronto FC's newest designated player, Alejandro Pozuelo fill Sebastian Giovinco's shoes? That will determine if his price tag is worth it.

The Galaxy already need to keep up with LAFC | US Soccer Players
The Galaxy's loss at FC Dallas and injury concerns for their principle scoring threats could mean a long season and an opportunity for LAFC in Los Angeles.

Five Things: What to know ahead of Thursday's must-win Champions League clash | Sporting Kansas City

Kansas City bids to host 2026 World Cup | The Kansas City Star
Kansas City is hoping to host matches for the 2026 World Cup, which has been awarded to North America. The games would be played at Arrowhead Stadium.

Extratime: Deja vu for Frank De Boer? Frustration grows in Atlanta | MLSsoccer.com

New York Red Bulls face the burdensome task of winning fans' hearts
The New York Red Bulls enter the 2019 MLS season with the burdensome task of winning over the fanbase yet again.

FC Cincinnati nearing sellout for inaugural MLS home opener | MLSsoccer.com

Global rule changes approved, won't go into effect in MLS until 2020 | Sporting Kansas City

Caleb Porter looks forward to "more of a soccer game" vs. FC Dallas | MLSsoccer.com

Four thoughts on the end of Atlanta United’s CCL run - Dirty South Soccer
An encouraging elimination...

Sporting KC stress importance of home crowd in CCL quarterfinal | MLSsoccer.com

MLS aims to be best in North America, but CCL results show it’s not close yet – The Athletic ($)
More roster investment, a better schedule, and other improvements will be key.