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Also: How Steve Clark became a Portland hero; More on the Iron Front; Crew reveal stadium renderings; Michael Parkhurst announces retirement and more!

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MLS suspends ban on Iron Front flag for season
Major League Soccer announced on Tuesday that it has suspended its ban on fans waving the Iron Front flag for the rest of the 2019 season.

Diego Valeri may leave Timbers in 2020 thanks to impasse over new contract – The Athletic
The Argentine star may soon leave the club he captains after talks over a new deal turned sour

How Steve Clark became a Portland Timbers hero for the right reasons | MLSsoccer.com
Steve Clark has a history with the Portland Timbers, and in 2019 has had a career year playing for them.

Cramping Sebastian Blanco recruits ball boy, turns him into trainer | MLSsoccer.com

Portland Timbers injury report: Brian Fernandez questionable, Andres Flores out for game against New England - oregonlive.com
Portland Timbers forward Brian Fernandez is being evaluated by doctors after feeling dizzy during Sunday’s game against Minnesota United, while midfielder Andre Flores remains out after suffering a facial injury in the match.

Major League Soccer

Tepper asks Charlotte City Council to fund MLS stadium
Members of the Charlotte City Council got an initial request to fund a new stadium for a Major League Soccer team in Charlotte during a closed session meeting Monday night.

Warshaw: What's wrong with LAFC and can they fix it? | MLSsoccer.com
A previously dominant LAFC have gone five games without a win and some changes are needed.

Traveling Sounders fans allegedly attacked by rival supporters after D.C. United match - Sounder At Heart
One ECS member went to hospital, several others hurt following incident.

Columbus Crew SC unveils new renderings for downtown stadium - Massive Report
"Coming in 2021..."

Real Salt Lake center back Nedum Onuoha downplays again facing Zlatan Ibrahimovic | MLSsoccer.com
Debates unraveled around MLS about where the line should be drawn with trash talk, especially if Zlatan Ibrahimovic had gone too far in trying to bait the defender.

Change is afoot at FC Cincinnati. Not many are surprised by that.
Change is afoot at FC Cincinnati, and that's not a surprise to anyone that's watched the club play this season.

Josef Martinez injury presents Atlanta United, Frank de Boer with toughest challenge yet - Dirty South Soccer
Atlanta United loses its top goalscorer and its emotional heartbeat

Everybody blowing their playoff shot was last week’s one weird thing in MLS – The Athletic ($)
The MLS playoff race is so bloated, teams that should have been out of the running weeks ago still have hope.

Power Rankings: New York Red Bulls make big jump in homestretch | MLSsoccer.com

Atlanta United's Michael Parkhurst announces retirement | Pro Soccer USA
Michael Parkhurst will retire at the end of the 2019 MLS season. The Atlanta United captain played 15 years in the U.S., Denmark and Germany.

LA Galaxy can clinch a berth in the 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs as soon as this Wednesday | LA Galaxy

LA Galaxy's Matt Lampson on what powers the LampStrong Foundation and being a “philanthropic a**hole” | MLSsoccer.com
Matt Lampson has twice been named the MLS WORKS Humanitarian of the Year, but that isn’t why he started the LampStrong Foundation in 2013.

"It's a dream job": Nashville SC GM Mike Jacobs outlines roster-building plan | MLSsoccer.com

MLS Playoff Push: What needs to happen tonight for FC Dallas - Big D Soccer
There are a lot of games tonight that have heavy playoff implications.

Greg Vanney: Toronto FC can get a result against any MLS team, at any venue | MLSsoccer.com
After clinching an Eastern Conference spot in the 2019 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs last weekend, Toronto FC have the opportunity to make it a special five-day stretch.

MLS Playoffs: Who's in, who's out, scenarios to clinch | SI.com
MLS's playoff picture is finally beginning to clear, and by week's end we'll know exactly what's on the line come Decision Day ahead of a revamped postseason.

Opinion: ASU should partner with Phoenix Rising for MLS bid - The State Press
Major League Soccer is looking to expand to 30 franchises. Sun Devil Stadium should be the sight for franchise No. 30.

Report: Former Real Madrid manager Santiago Solari could coach Inter Miami | MLSsoccer.com

Roman Torres says he’s ready to contribute now that suspension is over - Sounder At Heart
"I’m anxious to help the team in any way I can to reach a playoff spot and then possibly bring another title to Seattle.’" - Roman Torres