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Portland Timbers forward Brian Fernandez unlikely to move to the wing -
Brian Fernandez has netted 10 goals in 14 regular season appearances since joining the Timbers in May, but has scored just twice in his last five games, which has prompted some analysts and fans to question whether the Timbers should move Fernandez to the wing. That is unlikely to happen.

Portland Timbers vs. Real Salt Lake: Players to watch, TV channel, how to watch live stream online -
For the Portland Timbers, the players to watch are Bill Tuiloma, Brian Fernandez and Diego Valeri. For Real Salt Lake, the players to watch are Albert Rusnak, Jefferson Savarino and Nick Rimando.

Injuries at center back create new problems for Portland Timbers -
Three of the Portland Timbers' five center backs are dealing with injuries. That could be a major issue for the club as it tries to recover from back-to-back losses at home.

Quick Strikes | Portland aim to continue streak against RSL | Portland Timbers

Quotes & Notes | Portland Thorns FC 3, Chicago Red Stars 0 | Aug. 25, 2019 | Portland Timbers

Major League Soccer

D.C. United close to deal to reacquire Yamil Asad - The Washington Post
MLS club aiming to sign Argentine midfielder before Friday's roster deadline.

Ibrahimovic: 'If United need me, I'm here'
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has joked about returning to Manchester United after claiming he is still good enough to play in the Premier League.

Berhalter 'disappointed' by MLS FIFA window games
U.S. manager Gregg Berhalter said he is "a little bit disappointed" at MLS teams playing in the international window.

Josef Martinez approaching world record for league scoring streak |
Josef Martinez has scored in 12 consecutive league matches, surpassing his previous MLS all-time record. And now, he's approaching loftier, world-record heights.

For Atlanta United, winning trophies like Open Cup is "what big clubs do" |

Explaining the Sounders’ navigation of MLS international roster slots and contract structures | The Seattle Times
At the start of each season, MLS teams are permitted eight international spots on a 30-player roster, and Emanuel Cecchini was the ninth when he signed. How was that possible?...

LA Galaxy likely to lose five players to international duty - LAG Confidential
Jona, Tuna, Seba, Rolf and probably Pipa

Fort Collins native, former Colorado Rapids soccer star Colin Clark dies
Clark made one appearance with the U.S. national team and played nine seasons in the MLS.

VAR! Goalkeeper forced to save the same penalty twice! - YouTube

MLS’ Red Bulls to its fans: Sorry about the stink coming from Keegan Landfill -
The New York Red Bulls MLS team has entered the fray between Kearny and the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority over the foul odors coming from the Keegan Landfill.

Nashville signs Mukhtar as Designated Player
Nashville SC, slated to begin play in MLS next season, has signed Brondby IF attacking midfielder Hany Mukhtar to a Designated Player deal.

ABC to Broadcast Major League Soccer’s 2019 MLS Cup - ESPN Press Room U.S.

Orlando City forward Chris Mueller invests in, embraces fan experience | Pro Soccer USA

Carlos Vela in the clutch | US Soccer Players
Briefly without Carlos Vela in their Rivalry Week game against the Galaxy, LAFC showed that it might be a different team without its clutch player

The Revolution's record signing already proving his worth in a playoff race |

MLS: Predicting the Western Conference Playoffs- MLS Multiplex
The MLS Western Conference is extremely close with seven teams separated by six points. Which teams will claim a spot in the MLS Cup Playoffs?

LAFC's Carlos Vela: I was really close to joining Barcelona on loan |
Exhale, LAFC fans: Carlos Vela doesn't want to leave.

Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson on joining Sounders ownership: 'I've always loved soccer' | NBC Sports Northwest
The Seahawks quarerback has been passionate about the other football since he was a child.

Montreal Impact have ‘no choice but to win’ to make MLS Cup playoffs | Pro Soccer USA
The Impact have no choice but to win if they want to make the 2019 MLS Cup playoffs. With eight games left in the season, Wilmer Cabrera remains confident.

Five awesome things from Atlanta United’s USOC championship celebrations - Dirty South Soccer
Soccer is fun.

Darlington Nagbe turned down multiple U.S. call-ups, including for ’19 Gold Cup – The Athletic ($)
The Atlanta United midfielder previously indicated that he simply wasn't in Gregg Berhalter's plans