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The Portland Timbers’ Season Opener Against the Colorado Rapids Was the Coldest Game in Major League Soccer History - Willamette Week

QUOTES & NOTES | Colorado Rapids 3, Portland Timbers 3 | Mar. 2, 2019 | Portland Timbers

Major League Soccer

Bob Bradley wants to rename “El Trafico” - LAG Confidential
"Throw that ‘El Trafico’ thing out the f***ing window, ok?"

Carlos Vela: LA Galaxy to 'regret' Giovani dos Santos exit
LA Galaxy exercised their option to buy Giovani dos Santos out of his contract as they had reached their limit of three Designated Players.

There was no better time for Sounders to honor Sigi Schmid than on Saturday night - Sounder At Heart
His family joining the ‘09ers was perfect.

LAFC manager Bradley doubles down on Vela Messi comparisons
"That did look like Messi, didn't it?" said Bradley in the postgame news conference. "So when I say I'm crazy for that, I'm not that crazy."

Official: Toronto FC sign Spanish playmaker Alejandro Pozuelo |

Don Garber - MLS ready to embrace legalized sports gambling
Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber is ready to embrace legalized sports gambling.

Sources: U.S. midfielder Kenny Saief set for loan to FC Cincinnati
U.S. international midfielder Kenny Saief is in the process of finalizing his loan to FC Cincinnati from Belgian side Anderlecht.

MLS Ready to Dethrone Liga MX? - YouTube

MLS has told clubs not to sign local deals beyond 2022 in hopes of packaging with national rights
Major League Soccer reportedly has told clubs not to sign local deals beyond 2022. That's in hopes of a larger MLS rights bundle, but that may not happen.

Atlanta United’s Guzan responds to Hamid’s claim
Though the timing of his rebuke probably wasn’t ideal after a 2-0 loss to D.C.

Rumor: LA Galaxy looking at Marseille center back Adil Rami? - LAG Confidential
The 2018 FIFA World Cup winner previously dated Hollywood actress Pamela Anderson

Iraq national team star Ali Adnan linked to a move to Major League Soccer | FOX Sports Asia
Iraq star Ali Adnan is being linked to a move to the United States and join Major League Soccer.

Hopefully you enjoyed it, because the Columbus Crew opener was special - Massive Report
This particular season opener wasn’t like any other. It was something more. And it was very beautiful.

Academy products Gianluca Busio, Wan Kuzain Wan Kamal and Tyler Freeman among Top Drawer Soccer’s Top 50 MLS prospects | Sporting Kansas City

ESPN secures MLS rights in Latin America and Caribbean - SportsPro Media
Disney-owned network replaces Fox Sports in four-year broadcast deal.

A Look Inside Orlando City’s Roster Rebuild - The Mane Land
The club’s new management team had hurdles to face and decisions to make as OCSC revamped its squad in 2019.

With CCL games looming, did MLS sides opt for squad rotation or continuity? |

Why many LA Galaxy fans don't believe David Beckham deserves a statue | Football | The Guardian
The former England captain has been honoured for his time in LA. But players like Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan were far more crucial to the team

World Football

Pochettino hits out over Tottenham’s ‘massive disadvantage’ in Dortmund | Football | The Guardian
Tottenham’s manager, Mauricio Pochettino, said the FA and Premier League must do more to ensure English teams have the same preparation time as European clubs in the Champions League

Muller Boateng and Hummels will no longer play for Germany - Low
National coach Joachim Low travelled to Munich to inform Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels and Thomas Muller of his decision.

Barcelona told me to knock Real Madrid out of Champions League - De Jong
Frenkie De Jong joins Barcelona -- who have beaten Madrid in both the Copa del Rey and La Liga over the last week -- next season.