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Timbers

Do the Portland Timbers have the personnel to turn things around? - oregonlive.com
The Portland Timbers made only a handful of roster moves in the offseason after making a run to the 2018 MLS Cup final. But Portland's struggles early this season raise questions about whether the Timbers should have done more to improve their roster in the offseason.

Inside PTFC | Solutions to slow start require honest view of potential | Portland Timbers

Major League Soccer

Playoffs?! Western Conference trio already has long odds, per 538 | MLSsoccer.com

Danny Leyva signing "proof of concept" for Seattle Sounders youth model | MLSsoccer.com

Sacramento City Council to approve $33 million stadium deal | The Sacramento Bee
The Sacramento City Council was set to approve a $33 million incentive package Tuesday to a group trying to land a Major League Soccer team. The group would build a $252 million stadium in the downtown railyard.

Opinion: Sporting KC Must Rest their Starters Against Monterrey - The Blue Testament
The focus needs to turn to Major League Soccer.

Sacramento’s Major League Soccer proposal deserves support | The Sacramento Bee
With a modest investment, Sacramento can reap the benefits of a Major League Soccer team near downtown. The project will create jobs, stimulate the economy and spur development at the Sacramento Railyards.

MLS Power Rankings: LAFC hold top spot, Portland Timbers hit rock-bottom
LAFC's attractive, attacking soccer should scare everyone else in the league. The Timbers, on the other hand, look utterly lost.

Will stable rosters, lineups become fashionable in MLS? | Pro Soccer USA

Was Felipe right to criticize Vancouver fans for coming to see Zlatan? | MLSsoccer.com

Sizing Up St. Louis' Major League Soccer Chances | St. Louis Public Radio
The ownership group behind a potential top-flight professional soccer franchise for St. Louis could have a clearer picture next week about the chances of

Stejskal: Te Kloese hopeful LA Galaxy will sign Giancarlo Gonzalez | MLSsoccer.com

‘You’re good with me’: The unlikely friendship between Wayne Rooney and his driver – The Athletic ($)
Behind the scenes, Roray Molleda has become almost indispensable to D.C. United's operations

Once an unknown, Union’s Kai Wagner emerges as one of MLS’s best left backs – The Athletic ($)
Moving from the German third division to MLS hasn't been much trouble for Wagner so far

Could LAFC forward Diego Rossi soon have suitors on the global market? | MLSsoccer.com

Orlando City goalkeeper Brian Rowe: Lions looking to cut out 'preventable' goals | Pro Soccer USA
Brian Rowe, Orlando City's starter through its first six matches, called the goals the Lions conceded so far “preventable," but said things need to improve.

MLS Disciplinary Committee fines two players after Week 6 | MLSsoccer.com

Manchester United's Antonio Valencia stokes DC United report | MLSsoccer.com

World Football

Liverpool's new midfield of Keita, Fabinho and Henderson decisive in club's trophy hopes
Jurgen Klopp finally seems to have found his ideal midfield trio of Naby Keita, Fabinho and Jordan Henderson. And it could win Liverpool a double.

Vinicius models new, white Brazil jersey nearly 60 years after infamous WC loss
Real Madrid striker Vinicius Jr. was in Brazil on Tuesday, but not because of some emergency international duty. Well not on the field at least.

Salah tackle on Danilo a 'leg-breaker' - Porto president
Porto president Pinto da Costa said midfielder Danilo should "thank God" his leg was not broken following a tackle from Liverpool's Mohamed Salah.

The JR Smith Of Soccer Is Coming For Cristiano Ronaldo | FiveThirtyEight
Ajax's hopes in the Champions League rest on midfielder Hakim Ziyech.