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Thorns in France: Les Portraits | Hayley Raso: The Fighter | Portland Timbers

Breaking Lines | Diego Valeri on new podcast discusses life in Argentina, Providence Park expansion and more | Portland Timbers

Major League Soccer

MLS Disciplinary Committee fines Alejandro Pozuelo, 5 others from Week 12 | MLSsoccer.com

Hertha Berlin friendly with Minnesota United is special for two Twin Cities stars | Pro Soccer USA

Philadelphia Union's Mark McKenzie named US captain for U-20 World Cup | MLSsoccer.com

Real Betis, coming off win at Real Madrid, visits D.C. United for Audi Field friendly - The Washington Post
Betis just completed its Spanish La Liga campaign in 10th place, and as the first club since 2002-03 to win at Barcelona (4-3) and at Real Madrid (2-0) in the same season.

How The MLS' Chicago Fire Can Rebrand While Still Respecting Their Club History
A name change makes plenty of sense from a business and public relations perspective if not from a sporting one. Which means for one to be truly successful, it would help to do as little damage to the club’s heritage as possible.

MLS and Liga MX Set for 'Binational' 8-Team Tournament Beginning in August | 90min
MLS and Liga MX are set to announce a new 'binational' tournament pitting four teams from each league against each other.

MLS Week 12 Player Rankings: Carlos Vela still rules, Nani surges into top three | Pro Soccer USA
Carlos Vela remains on top of the Pro Soccer USA MLS Player Rankings, while Nani surges up into the top three after scoring twice in Week 12.

‘When we go back to Atlanta, it’s not going to be nice’: How RBNY versus Atlanta became MLS’s hottest rivalry – The Athletic ($)
The Eastern Conference match-up has even surpassed Houston-Kansas City on the animosity meter

Who are the top 5 teams in MLS right now? Matt Doyle provides his list | MLSsoccer.com

Cristian Higuita is Making the Most of What Could Be His Last Chance in Orlando - The Mane Land
The last remaining original MLS Lion has come on strong in recent weeks for James O’Connor.

How did LAFC's goalkeeper get away with this one?! - YouTube

MLS: The greatest individual seasons ever
Carlos Vela has made a sensational start to the 2019 MLS season. But he is not the only one. This year, there are many truly great individual seasons.

Sounders are managing first challenging stretch well - Sounder At Heart
They didn’t claim any style points, but that one point in the standings was far more important

Davies: New England Revolution a complete 180 since hiring Bruce Arena | MLSsoccer.com

Wayne Rooney has driven a revolution at DC United | Football | The Guardian
It’s nearly a year since the former England captain joined MLS. DC United are almost unrecognisable from the shambles he found when he arrived

For Dynamo, small changes lead to a big uptick in performance to start 2019 – The Athletic ($)
GM Matt Jordan and Head Coach Wilmer Cabrera are aware of their standing in MLS, and the team-building strategies that come with it

Philadelphia Union increase volume of shots on target, produce more scoring chances | Pro Soccer USA
Practice alterations after the first few games of the MLS season have helped the Philadelphia Union become more efficient in front of net.

Sporting KC Sign Wilson Harris on Short-Term Loan - The Blue Testament
The Swope Park Rangers striker is expected to be in the 18 (15? 16?) on Saturday against Vancouver.

Sal Zizzo retires from professional soccer, goes out as MLS Cup champion | MLSsoccer.com

Peter Vermes: Sporting KC Pursued Zlatan and Gio dos Santos - The Blue Testament
Vermes also talks about other acquisitions, Benny Feilhaber and parenting.

Minnesota United loan Romario Ibarra to Liga MX's Pachuca | MLSsoccer.com