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What Happens When the Timbers Army Stops Cheering? National Media Coverage, and an Allegedly Angry Owner - Willamette Week

A Soccer Game Becomes an Anti-Fascist Demonstration in Portland | The Nation
The Portland Timbers soccer fans defied Major League Soccer, team ownership, and fascism in one glorious night.

Portland Thorns fans join Timbers fans in protesting ban on ‘Iron Front’ symbol, political displays - oregonlive.com
Members of the Rose City Riveters, the supporters’ group for the Portland Thorns, brought white roses and hung signs at Sunday’s game between the Thorns and Chicago Red Stars to protest a policy that bans the use of political signs and displays at games.

Supporters' Stand Against Fascism Takes Center Stage as Timbers Fall to Sounders - Blogtown - Portland Mercury

Major League Soccer

MLS Power Rankings: LAFC, Atlanta remain top dogs after Rivalry Week
LAFC and Atlanta remain atop of the MLS Power Rankings following an action-packed Rivalry Week.

Armchair Analyst: All 24 MLS teams in review | Week 25 analysis | MLSsoccer.com

Sunday's El Tráfico Between LAFC And The LA Galaxy Was MLS At Its Very Best
Four goals in the first 16 minutes. A Zlatan brace. Carlos Vela yelling at his manager. The fifth edition of El Tráfico, the Los Angeles Derby between LAFC and the Galaxy that capped off MLS’s Rivalry Week on Sunday night, wasn’t just the best game of the season—it was an example of what MLS can be at its best.

Hochman: The name of the MLS team in St. Louis should be … | Benjamin Hochman | stltoday.com
On Jan. 28, 2016, I wrote a column for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. It was written in the form of a letter to Don Garber, the commissioner of Major League

Team of the Week presented by Audi: Crepeau shines in Week 25 | MLSsoccer.com

Zlatan Ibrahimovic rips MLS ref Allen Chapman - LAG Confidential
Good.

Power Rankings: NYCFC make case as Eastern Conference's best | MLSsoccer.com

Pity Martinez is better now than he’s ever been (what?) - Reevaluating the record MLS transfer - Dirty South Soccer
Debunking some myths and creating a new legend

MLS mourns the passing of former player Colin Clark | MLSsoccer.com
Former MLS player Colin Clark has passed away.

Rapids name ex-player Fraser as new manager
Robin Fraser has been named the next manager of the Colorado Rapids, the club announced on Sunday.

Montreal’s unforseen coaching switch was this week’s one weird thing in MLS – The Athletic ($)
Remi Garde's recent run with the Impact wasn't great, but his firing still came out of the blue

‘Clearly a better deal’: City taxpayers’ opposition to 2017 MLS stadium plan worked out in long run | Business | stltoday.com
While officials are optimistic, they await final details of $250 million soccer stadium plan.

Carlos Vela is a magician and MLS is his stage - SBNation.com
Carlos Vela has never taken soccer too seriously, and that’s how he became one of the game’s greatest sleight-of-foot masters.

MLS ban on political signs leads to fan outcry, no easy fix
What counts as "political" these days? Fans feel one way, Major League Soccer feels another, and it seems this is only going to get more complicated.

Matthew McConaughey joins ownership group for MLS expansion team, Austin FC - Houston Chronicle

MLS: Predicting the Eastern Conference Playoffs
MLS is entering the final months of the regular season. Who will rise to the occasion in the tightly congested East? Here, we delve into the numbers.

New England Revolution: MLS Cup playoffs in reach | Pro Soccer USA
The New England Revolution's playoff hopes were boosted thanks to the team's 2-1 victory over the Chicago Fire Saturday night.

Atlanta United reportedly in discussions with NWSL for expansion franchise - Dirty South Soccer
Another hint surfaces that NWSL is coming to Atlanta.

Sounders FC acquires $100,000 in General Allocation Money from Nashville SC | Seattle Sounders FC