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Portland Timbers coach Giovanni Savarese discusses his shove, Dairon Asprilla’s handshake snub during Kansas City game -
Timbers forward Dairon Asprilla was clearly unhappy about being removed from last week's game against Sporting Kansas City.

MLS fines Portland Timbers coach Giovanni Savarese for criticizing officiating -
Major League Soccer has fined Portland Timbers head coach Giovanni Savarese an undisclosed amount for criticizing the officiating during Portland’s match against Sporting Kansas City last Saturday.

Power Rankings: Portland Timbers make a move after key victory |

Portland’s Timbers Army Plans to Meet With Major League Soccer Representatives About the Ban on Flags Bearing an Antifascist Symbol - Willamette Week

Major League Soccer

While his country recognizes a national holiday, Dome Torrent and NYCFC pay tribute to those affected by 9/11 | Pro Soccer USA
There will be an immense gala in Dome Torrent’s hometown of Santa Coloma de Farners in Catalonia, Spain today – September 11.

Chicago Fire GM reacts as academy standout Damian Las heads to Fulham |

Atlanta United rested and refreshed for final 6 MLS games
Jeff Larentowicz didn’t watch soccer last week.

Zlatan takes LA Galaxy teen Efrain Alvarez under his wing – ProSoccerTalk
The 17-year-old Galaxy attacker has yet to choose permanently between representing Mexico or the United States.

Another step forward for Austin FC | US Soccer Players
Austin FC breaks ground on a stadium in a unique expansion situation for Major League Soccer as they work toward the 2021 season.

What are realistic expectations for Thomás Chacón, Minnesota United’s young designated player? – The Athletic ($)
Chacón played 62 minutes in his first MLS start, and the club hopes he can be a marquee player down the road.

Atlanta United’s Martinez receives MLS monthly honor
Atlanta United striker Josef Martinez was named the MLS player of the month on Tuesday after scoring...

Sacramento near deal for Major League Soccer expansion | The Sacramento Bee
Sacramento representatives and soccer officials have agreed to a deal framework to bring a Major League Soccer expansion franchise to Sacramento in 2022 for Republic FC, sources tell The Sacramento Bee.

The LA Galaxy Aren't Really Going to Miss MLS's Playoffs Again ... Right?
The LA Galaxy are in danger of missing the MLS playoffs for a third straight year, something that seems unfathomable given the league's expanded format, the amount spent on the club's roster and the sheer presence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Clear and Obvious: LA Galaxy robbed by incompetent officials - LAG Confidential

What needs to happen for a Columbus Crew playoff berth in 2019 - Massive Report
A breakdown of what Crew fans need to see in order to look ahead for a potential MLS Cup bid in 2019.

Toronto FC "match up well" with NYCFC, says Drew Moor ahead of Yankee Stadium clash |

Robin Fraser makes a rare breakthrough for black coaches in MLS | US Soccer Players
Robin Fraser rejoins the MLS head coaching ranks with the Colorado Rapids and talks to US Soccer Players about the wait for an opportunity.

Sanchez keen on MLS once time in Europe ends
Inter Milan forward Alexis Sanchez has said he hopes to play in the United States once his time in Europe is over.

Bogert: Three playoff-defining games out West and more on Wednesday |
There are major playoff implications across four huge MLS matches on Wednesday night. What's at stake?

The Seattle Sounders’ guide to onboarding new players from abroad – The Athletic ($)
An unofficial how-to on getting your new signings eligible, comfortable and ready to play at their best, as soon as possible.

Efrain Alvarez, LA Galaxy breakout star, is Zlatan's 'cub' and faces a U.S. or Mexico decision
Alvarez, 17, has already forced his way into the LA Galaxy line-up, earned Zlatan Ibrahimovic's respect and got two national teams chasing him.