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Also: An inside look at Providence Park renovations; Bruce Arena lays out his plans in first training session; Does Las Vegas need a MLS franchise and more!

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Timbers/Thorns

Portland Timbers' revamped stadium is just part of the marquee MLS club's overall reboot
Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson spent more than $100 million to upgrade Providence Park, but it's just one of many upgrades designed to keep the club among the most competitive in MLS.

Portland Thorns midfielder Sandra Yu retires - oregonlive.com
Midfielder Sandra Yu has retired.

Just let me look: Inside story of how Timbers' stadium renovations started | MLSsoccer.com

The hunt for Brian Fernandez | How the Timbers brain trust found the club's newest Designated Player | Portland Timbers

One Nation. One Team. 23 Stories: Adrianna Franch - YouTube

Major League Soccer

Referee administrator says Fire’s tying goal against D.C. United shouldn’t have counted - The Washington Post
The professional Referee Organization, which oversees officiating in the United States and Canada, said Thursday that a video replay review of Chicago's game-tying goal was necessary.

Bruce Arena lays out his plan at first Revolution training session | MLSsoccer.com

Liga MX And MLS Will Compete For A New, Meaningless Trophy
Starting in July, MLS and Liga MX will compete in a new, eight team, single elimination competition to crown the best club in Mexico and the United States (Canada can go fuck itself unless Toronto, Vancouver, or Montreal qualify for the tourney, I guess).

Seattle Sounders' Nicolas Lodeiro named to Uruguay's Copa America roster | MLSsoccer.com

Austin FC: MLS expansion done right for new franchise
MLS expansion club Austin FC will play their first game in their own soccer-specific stadium. They are doing MLS expansion right.

FC Cincinnati GM Gerard Nijkamp: "I can build a club to a high level" | MLSsoccer.com

Improving the MLS All-Star Game - Sounder At Heart
Jazzing up the All-Star weekend

Exciting Rivalry Matches Highlight 2019 U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round Pairings

Venezuela name four MLS players to 2019 Copa America roster | MLSsoccer.com

Las Vegas doesn’t need MLS franchise | Las Vegas Review-Journal
This is Major League Soccer: If someone is willing to write an expansion fee check for $200 million and also build a stadium for another $200 million (at least), it would bring a franchise to Nome, Alaska.

Marc Dos Santos: We'll be giving Inbeom Hwang a break this summer | MLSsoccer.com

The Salt: Why I don’t care about the Leagues Cup - RSL Soapbox
RSL’s entry into the competition doesn’t have me inspired.

Montreal Impact star Ignacio Piatti to miss 8-12 weeks with new knee injury | MLSsoccer.com

Vegas considers stadium-area plan, Seth Klarman-financed bid for MLS soccer team – Boston Herald

Blog: With patience, Atlanta United goals will come
Atlanta United finally scored a goal during open play in Friday’s 2-1 loss at Real Salt Lake,...

After scoring brace, Josef Martinez explains new goal celebration | MLSsoccer.com

World Football

Alexi Lalas previews 2019 Women’s World Cup™, predicts early exit for Team USA | SOCCER | THE HERD - YouTube

Inter Milan appoint Conte as new manager
Inter Milan have announced the appointment of former Chelsea and Juventus head coach Antonio Conte.

Nico Yennaris makes history as China’s first naturalised player after call-up from Marcello Lippi | South China Morning Post
Former Arsenal midfielder joined Beijing Guoan this season, with landmark selection expected to be start of a new-look China side ahead of World Cup qualifiers.

Tottenham Hotspur has the support of USA’s Julie Ertz in the Champions League final - Cartilage Free Captain
HOW CAN WE LOSE?!

Man City's newest signing Zack Steffen admits uncertainty over his status at the club - Manchester Evening News
Manchester City completed the signing of MLS goalkeeper Zack Steffen in January, who will move to the club next week.

What should Niko Kovač improve for his next season at Bayern Munich - Bavarian Football Works
This season will be remembered as a successful one, but there are still some things that could be improved!