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MLS: Timbers defend 'Iron Flag' symbol ban, fans fight back
The issue over the "Iron Front" symbol often used by Antifa is boiling over in northwest soccer cities.

Timbers Double Down on Support for Iron Front Ban - Blogtown - Portland Mercury

Portland Timbers front office explains stance on Iron Front symbol, political signage and human rights - oregonlive.com
"The Timbers 100% oppose fascism and steadfastly stand against violence," the front office's statement says.

Major League Soccer

Power Rankings: LAFC leave the competition in the dust | MLSsoccer.com

Major League Soccer awards expansion team to St. Louis | MLSsoccer.com
It's official: Major League Soccer is coming to St. Louis.

Report: Toxic Soil Levels at Proposed Stadium Site for David Beckham's MLS Team | Bleacher Report | Latest News, Videos and Highlights
An environmental analysis has found the proposed site for David Beckham 's Major League Soccer franchise in Miami contains toxic and illegal levels of soil...

Quakes' Almeyda full of praise for Carlos Vela during Heineken Rivalry Week | MLSsoccer.com

Six players fined after Week 24, red card to Chicago's Gaitan rescinded | MLSsoccer.com
The MLS Disciplinary Committee has issued fines to six players and a pair of coaches and teams following Week 24 of the 2019 MLS regular season.

Tremendous Goalkeeping Boner Leads To Late Equalizing Own Goal
Despite having a man sent off just six minutes into the match, LA Galaxy found themselves clinging onto a 2-1 lead over the Seattle Sounders on Saturday in the final 10 minutes of regulation.

Dynamo know they should be bigger in Houston - HoustonChronicle.com
MLS keeps growing and expanding, but Dynamo still trying to create local buzz

Philadelphia Union sign academy product Jack de Vries to Homegrown deal | MLSsoccer.com

Anti-Fascist Protests Have Left Major League Soccer at a Crossroads - InsideHook
To say that sports and politics are two discrete entities and never the twain shall meet is naive. Just ask Colin Kaepernick or Megan Rapinoe. For the

‘A Lot At Stake For Everybody’: Sacramento Negotiations For Major League Soccer Expansion Franchise Nearing End - capradio.org
People close to Sacramento's push for a team say they are nearing the process’ end and are confident they will succeed.

Columbus Crew need Gyasi Zardes to score up to his contract standards - Massive Report
The Black & Gold have to expect more from the team’s highest-paid player.

Clear & Obvious: C&O investigates: Do MLS teams actually know the rules?: An investigation - Dirty South Soccer
The world may never know.

Sounders are in desperate need of confidence - Sounder At Heart
Sounders aren’t necessarily playing poorly, but they are not playing like a team with much self belief.

MLS Playoff Picture: LAFC are the clear favorites for MLS Cup but who else has a chance?
With the end of the summer doldrums upon us, the stretch run of the MLS regular season can commence. Here's how the playoff race is shaking out.

Warshaw: 24 takeaways from 24 teams after Week 24 of the MLS season | MLSsoccer.com

After brief Chinese odyssey, Ola Kamara excited about MLS return | MLSsoccer.com

Recurring Storylines Continue to Haunt Orlando City - The Mane Land
As the chant goes, "it’s happened again!"

Smith: Frustrated fans sound off about declining Dynamo - HoustonChronicle.com
John Walker, president of business operations, made it clear that the Dynamo know they have serious work to do in multiple areas.

LAFC trade $50,000 general allocation money to New York Red Bulls - Angels on Parade
Deal ties up league rights for Brian Rodriguez.

By Banning Protest Signs, MLS Is Trying To Lobotomize The Fandom It Asked For