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Timbers, Loons break MLS record by combining for 49 shots, no goals | MLSsoccer.com
The Portland Timbers and Minnesota United FC combined for the most shots without a goal in MLS history.

Portland Timbers shut out for third straight game in scoreless draw with Minnesota United - oregonlive.com
Despite numerous scoring chances, the Portland Timbers (13-13-5, 44 points) were shut out for the third straight game Sunday as they played Minnesota United (14-10-7, 49 points) to a scoreless draw at Providence Park.

Iron Front ban: Fans want change from MLS as protests grow
Supporters of the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers met with MLS on Thursday but remain frustrated by an issue that wasn't an issue until the league stepped in.

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Armchair Analyst: All 24 MLS teams in review | Week 29 analysis | MLSsoccer.com
MLSsoccer.com's Matt Doyle reviews all 24 teams after Week 29.

If David Tepper lands an MLS team, what happens to Charlotte's other pro soccer franchise? - Charlotte Agenda

Josef Martinez nominated for two MLS weekly awards; Twellman offers hope on injury - Dirty South Soccer
Let’s get him a Get Well Soon gift.

Union’s Jim Curtin still ‘pushing for first place,’ though odds are slim
Though the standings paint a picture that’s growing increasingly more grim, Curtin is still convinced his team can and will finish higher than third in the East.

Atlanta's Michael Parkhurst announces plans to retire at end of 2019 MLS season | MLSsoccer.com

Diomande leaves LAFC due to 'personal issues'
LAFC forward Adama Diomande has entered Major League Soccer's substance abuse and behavioral health program.

Good news for New England, Minnesota, Atlanta in latest FiveThirtyEight projections | MLSsoccer.com

Inter Miami CF signs U.S youth international George Acosta - Stars and Stripes FC
The talented youngster is heading to MLS

For D.C. United, the stats aren’t pretty but the results matter more - The Washington Post
The club has put defense first, conceding huge deficits in shots and possession but moving to the cusp of the MLS playoffs.

Montreal Impact, Minnesota United each set MLS record for fewest fouls in a game | MLSsoccer.com
The Montreal Impact and Minnesota United FC each set a new MLS record for committing just one foul in a match.

Playing the MLS Cup Final at Yankee Stadium would be an utter disgrace
Having the biggest match of the MLS season played on an adapted pitch in a baseball stadium is a disgrace.

A Way-Too-Early Look at Orlando City’s Approach to the Upcoming MLS Expansion Draft - The Mane Land
Who should the Lions protect and why?

Could MLS, Liga MX actually merge in the future? MLB might provide the blueprint
It's no secret that MLS and Liga MX want to shake up the landscape of club soccer in North America. Could the answer lie in America's Pastime?

Zlatan Ibrahimovic to return in 2020? - LAG Confidential
Club, player to decide after the season

24 Thoughts: FC Cincinnati, Jozy Altidore, USMNT, more
This week spotlights the challenges the first-year MLS club has faced, along with an interview with Jozy Altidore and some thoughts on VAR.

Columbus' Caleb Porter: "If we could see out a game…we'd be in the playoffs" | MLSsoccer.com

How Los Angeles Football Club uses tech to score with fans
As the new soccer club in town, LAFC is using technology to make itself stand out to fans.

Now it’s the Union owners’ turn to help seal their team’s best season | Jonathan Tannenwald
The Union are about to play their three final road games of the season, all in a span of eight days. Multiple sources confirmed that the team will fly commercial the whole way instead of purchasing charter flights.

How MLS helped steer Joe Mansueto to become the Chicago Fire owner — and why he ‘loves’ the team’s name - Chicago Tribune
If things had worked out differently, Joe Mansueto likely would have owned a Major League Soccer club — but it might not have been the Chicago Fire.