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MLS: Portland Timbers at Philadelphia Union Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports


Why The Portland Timbers' MLS Record 12-Game Road Trip Wasn't Fair (For Everybody Else)
In a league where almost nothing is a sure thing, making the playoffs after a long road trip to start the season -- usually to allow for the completion of a stadium project -- is as close as it gets. And it's to the point where it's becoming a question of competitive fairness.

Timbers hyped for happy homecoming as long season-opening road swing ends |

Long road trip in the books, how good are the Portland Timbers now? |

Brian Fernandez named to the MLS Team of the Week for Week 13 | Portland Timbers

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MLS Power Rankings: LAFC stays top, Fernandez has Timbers firing
While LAFC marches on, Portland sent a clear message to the rest of MLS over the weekend: Brian Fernandez & Co. are a force to be reckoned with.

Armchair Analyst: All 24 MLS teams in review | Week 13 analysis |

Warshaw: 24 takeaways from Week 13 of the 2019 season |

Orlando City owner Flávio Augusto Da Silva plans to shift focus to philanthropy in 2022, may sell team | Pro Soccer USA
Orlando City majority owner Flávio Augusto Da Silva recently discussed his desire to focus on philanthropic efforts in 2022, the year he turns 50 years old.

Now Arriving: Xavier Arreaga joins Seattle Sounders FC - YouTube

Bruce Arena and New England Revolution look to each other for a fresh start - The Washington Post
Arena, after the greatest failure of a hugely successful coaching career, takes on the challenge of reviving a franchise that has been left behind in modern MLS.

Whitecaps academy product Theo Bair moved by MLS debut: "I wanted to cry" |

Paul Arriola is suspended. How bad is that for D.C. United? - Black And Red United
Quantifying what United loses when their Swiss Army Knife isn’t playing on the wing

WATCH: Iraq star Ali Adnan opens account for Vancouver Whitecaps in MLS with potential Goal of the Season contender | FOX Sports Asia
Iraq full-back Ali Adnan recently made a switch to Major League Soccer (MLS) side Vancouver Whitecaps and scored his first goal for the club recently against FC Dallas.

Chad Marshall’s decision to retire was sudden, but not taken lightly - Sounder At Heart
Rapid degeneration of his knee joint left Marshall little choice in the matter.

Team of the Week presented by Audi: Russell draws raves in Week 13 |

Richie Williams leaving Loudoun United to join Bruce Arena’s staff in New England - The Washington Post
The former D.C. midfielder guided the new second-division team to a 2-4-3 record.

Caleb Porter after latest Crew loss: “I apologize ... I take the blame" |

FC Cincinnati may not get all the tax incentives the team was promised
Cincinnati City Council promised FC Cincinnati it would help pay for stadium infrastructure. But now half that money is in jeopardy.