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Around the Forest: With LAFC loss, only two teams remain unbeaten

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Also: Beckham getting sued; 16 year-old scores in three straight; Why has Portland’s defense so bad and more!

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Timbers

Providence Park expansion timeline has led to challenging road schedule for Portland Timbers - oregonlive.com
The Portland Timbers' deep run in the 2018 MLS Cup playoffs extended the timeline for the expansion project at Providence Park. The Timbers had originally hoped to play only six or seven games on the road to open the 2019 season. Instead, Portland is dealing with an MLS-record 12 consecutive games on the road to open the year.

Why has Portland's defense been so bad and what can be done about it?
There is no single deficiency that has led the Portland Timbers to losing five games straight, a dubious club record. They have problems everywhere.

Major League Soccer

MLS Disciplinary Committee fines three players after Week 7 | MLSsoccer.com

16-Year-Old Scores in 3 Straight MLS Games - YouTube

Beckham’s Inter Miami might be in talks with Hector Moreno | Miami Herald
Inter Miami, David Beckham’s new Major League Soccer team, might be aiming to sign Mexican star Hector Moreno, who plays for Real Sociedad in La Liga. Moreno has played in three World Cups.

GA Cup: Real Salt Lake, FC Dallas, LA Galaxy bow out in quarterfinals | MLSsoccer.com

MLS: Some St. Louis media say bid has fallen behind Sacramento | The Sacramento Bee
Sacramento and St. Louis are competing in an arms race for Major League Soccer’s 28th franchise. Here is what St. Louis soccer fans, sports media and stakeholders are saying about the MLS expansion competition.

Los Angeles Football Club coach Bob Bradley: FC Cincinnati's supporters give them energy
Bob Bradley's coaching career has been a long, meandering path, but it has Ohio roots.

WATCH: Seattle Sounders stun River Plate thanks to late winner | MLSsoccer.com

MLS: Hammer must come down on Kaku
Kaku smashed a football into the stands during the New York Red Bulls' 2-2 draw with Sporting Kansas City. MLS must bring the hammer down.

Atlanta United ranks No. 10 in global soccer attendance study - Dirty South Soccer
Atlanta and MLS both score high marks

How machine learning handles MLS player and team growth - Big D Soccer
Let’s take a look at a couple of examples of players growing and blossoming into key players for their teams in the past few seasons.

MLS MVP Watch: How Vela, Ibrahimovic, Rooney & Co. stack up after seven weeks
We're seven weeks into the 2019 Major League Soccer season but already, the stars are separating themselves from the pack.

Beckham group being sued over Inter Miami stadium plan
David Beckham's five-year quest to bring an MLS team to South Florida has encountered another obstacle in the form of a lawsuit filed on Tuesday.

Tagging along with Bill McGuire, Don Garber at Allianz Field’s MLS debut – The Athletic ($)
There was beer, pizza, snow, and plenty of photo-ops

Wiebe: Five MLS teenagers leading the #PlayYourKids charge | MLSsoccer.com

Soccer! Why the Galaxy and LAFC are juggernauts - Los Angeles Times
We’re seven weeks into the MLS season, and Southern California’s two teams have lost just one game. Combined.

After LAFC loss, only two teams left unbeaten in MLS in 2019 | MLSsoccer.com

Armchair Analyst: LAFC's pace & your Qs answered in the mailbag | MLSsoccer.com