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Around the Forest: Diego Valeri, Diego Chara both make MLS Team of the Week

Also: More on the Iron Front debacle; Timbers Community awards have been given out; Austin FC breaks ground; Chicago Fire nearer Soldier Field occupancy and more!

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Hard work pays off: Sebastián Blanco, Zarek Valentin, Midge Purce and Hayley Raso's work in Portland earn them 2019 Stand Together Community MVP Awards | Portland Timbers

Refereeing complaints take focus as Portland Timbers rally against Kansas City | Pro Soccer USA

Allegation of racist abuse investigated after Utah Royals' win over Portland Thorns | Pro Soccer USA

Timbers Army protests ban on flags with debated symbol | News |
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – Amid controversy over a symbol that some Portland Timbers fans want to display at games, two popular crowd routines of support were absent from Saturday night’s

Portland Timbers counting every point in Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoff race |

Diego Valeri, Diego Chara on MLS Team of the Week (Week 27); Eryk Williamson on bench | Portland Timbers

Cider Riot owner among Portland Timbers fans banned for waving antifa symbol -
“The league is determined to create a safe space for Nazis in their stadium,” Abram Goldman-Armonstrong, told The Oregonian/OregonLive. “Being anti-racist and anti-fascist has been a part our identity since the beginning.”

Major League Soccer

Warshaw: 24 Takeaways for Week 27 - what marks success for each team? |
In his weekly MLS review column, Bobby Warshaw asks what will definite success for all 24 MLS teams in the remaining games of 2019.

ALL GOALS from MLS Week 27 | Nani, Bradley, Rossi & more! - YouTube

MLS Power Rankings: LAFC top during international break, NYCFC into second
This week's limited schedule means LAFC are unmovable at the top of the MLS Power Rankings. Some teams, however, still managed to slip down.

Chicago Fire MLS soccer games could be set for return to Soldier Field |
The Chicago Park District will vote Wednesday on an authorization to let the city's Major League Soccer team the Chicago Fire to negotiate a move back to Soldier Field for its home games.

Austin FC breaks ground on $242 million stadium, set to open in 2021 |

Is MLS blessed with brilliant attackers ... or are its defenders just terrible? | Football | The Guardian
Goals are up this season in MLS and players such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic are thriving. But are they just feasting on easy pickings?

FC Dallas' Paxton Pomykal hopes to add USMNT debut to milestone season |
FC Dallas midfielder Paxton Pomykal hopes to add USMNT debut to a milestone season

Real Madrid Beckham eyes Zidane for his Inter Miami MLS side -
The pair played together at Real Madrid and still maintain a cordial relationship with the former England captain now organising his new MLS franchise.

After a solid 2019, the U.S. Open Cup can improve more by helping smaller clubs – The Athletic ($)
A new broadcast deal helped small clubs stand out, but continuing that process will be key going forward

Team of the Week presented by Audi: Diego Rossi rises in Week 27 |

Major League Soccer and adidas launch league-wide MLS Youth Affiliate Network - SoccerWire
Major League Soccer, in collaboration with adidas, announced today the MLS Youth Affiliate Network, in advance of the 2019-2020 youth academy season.

Rumour Has It: Messi considering MLS move
We round up the front and back pages across Europe, as Monday sees the transfer rumour mill crank into gear once again.

Is the MLS Javier Mascherano's new destiny? -
The former Barcelona star, who currently plays in the Chinese Super League with Hebei China Fortune will leave the Asian club for the United States.

Bruce Arena: 'I was not going to coach again' | Pro Soccer USA
Arena is arguably the most successful soccer coach in American history. He was content to retire before taking over the New England Revolution.

It’s time for MLS to black out FIFA dates - Sounder At Heart
MLS is hurting its own product by forcing teams to play nearly 20 percent of their seasons without their best players.

Doubts persist about MLS players’ ability to strike in upcoming CBA talks – The Athletic ($)
Much has changed since the last MLS CBA was agreed in 2015, but the power dynamics remain mostly the same between owners and players

Vancouver Whitecaps enter fray of MLS political ban and Iron Front controversy | Pro Soccer USA
The conflict between Major League Soccer and major fan groups over the usage of the Iron Front symbol has reached the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Real Salt Lake soccer club bans 'controversial' Betsy Ross flag at games - Washington Times
Major League Soccer's Real Salt Lake has banned people from waving the Betsy Ross flag at games, claiming that the Colonial-era flag design has been "adopted as a symbol for hate groups" and doesn't fit with the team's mission of inclusiveness.

Roundtable: The one unforgivable FC Cincinnati mistake this season - Cincinnati Soccer Talk
On this Cincinnnati Soccer Talk Roundtable, we discuss the one unforgivable mistake FC Cincinnati made for the 2019 MLS inaugural campaign.

Is Minnesota United a legit MLS Cup contender in 2019? - E Pluribus Loonum
With the US Open Cup finished it’s time to focus on the rest of the MLS season and road to the MLS Cup. But is Minnesota United ready to contend for the leagues biggest trophy?

Atlanta United would consider international friendly only if it 'works in our schedule' | Pro Soccer USA
The international friendly is a popular form of brand expansion for MLS teams, but with a busy schedule, Atlanta finds it difficult to book such games.