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Portland Timbers

How Steve Clark centered himself and emerged anew – The Athletic ($)
After a high-profile error in 2015, Steve Clark changed his approach to goalkeeping and life itself. Then it happened again.

Portland Timbers' Jeremy Ebobisse calls for activism outside social media | MLSsoccer.com
Portland Timbers forward Jeremy Ebobisse continues to be one of MLS's most outspoken leaders amid the Black Lives Matter movement, with his latest message centering on encouraging people to stay involved in the fight for change as more time passes since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis

Valeri Comes off the Bench to Lead Portland Past NYCFC 3-1 (Highlights) | various , video | The National Herald
2/8/2020 - Valeri Comes off the Bench to Lead Portland Past NYCFC 3-1 (Highlights) - <p>LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Diego Valeri and Andy Polo came on in the second half to score key goals as the Portland Timbers defeated New York City - various , video - The National Herald

Major League Soccer

MLS is Back Tournament What it's really been like after one month inside the bubble
After uncertainty gripped its early days, the MLS is Back Tournament has proved to be a model for how to play professional sports safely in 2020.

Atlanta United in Disguise - Dirty South Soccer
to get there we’ve got to go back there

With MLS is Back semifinals set, Minnesota, Philadelphia and Orlando eye 1st major silverware | MLSsoccer.com
Some historical context on what winning the MLS is Back Tournament could mean for all four semifinalists.

My proposal to be Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath's personal Doubt Caddy | J. Sam Jones | MLSsoccer.com
My proposal to be Minnesota United coach Adrian Heath's personal Doubt Caddy | J. Sam Jones

Brenden Aaronson: The 'U.S. Havertz' set to swap MLS for Europe's top leagues | Goal.com
Philadelphia Union teenager Brenden Aaronson has become a star at the MLS is Back tournament as scouts from Europe's top clubs continue to watch the player dubbed 'The U.S. Havertz'

MLS is Back Tournament Semifinal predictions | Greg Seltzer | MLSsoccer.com
MLS is Back Tournament Semifinal predictions | Greg Seltzer

Cubo Torres’ up-and-down career brings him to Atlanta United - Dirty South Soccer
The Mexican No. 9 has been hit or miss his whole career. Can Atlanta help him find his form?

Recapping Minnesota United head coach Adrian Heath's timeline with Orlando City ahead of MLS is Back Semifinal | MLSsoccer.com
Thursday’s MLS is Back Tournament semifinal between Orlando City and Minnesota United is already being dubbed the Adrian Heath Derby. After all, "Inchy"’s history with the Lions stretches back to the late 2000s, long before he took over the Loons in 2017 for their MLS expansion entry.

Atlanta United signs Cubo Torres, rules Josef Martinez out until 2021 - Sports Illustrated
Martinez was put on a season-ending injury list, giving Atlanta the roster space to sign Torres, who enjoyed previous success in MLS with Houston.

Former LA Galaxy academy standout, US youth international Haji Wright signs with reigning Danish Cup champions | MLSsoccer.com
Former LA Galaxy academy standout Haji Wright signs with reigning Danish Cup champions

Black & Gold Endgame | LAFC vs Orlando City - 7/31/20 | Los Angeles Football Club
The MLS Is Back Tournament is over for LAFC.

Report: LA Galaxy among suitors for AS Roma star Javier Pastore | MLSsoccer.com
TRANSFER TRACKER STATUS: Report Javier Pastore is again linked as an LA Galaxy transfer target, with Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport identifying the MLS club as a potential destination for the Argentine midfielder.

NBA, MLS coronavirus testing counts in Orange County’s totals
Now that players from both the MLS and the NBA are at Walt Disney World to resume their respective seasons, their coronavirus testing totals will count toward Orange County’s overall numbers.

First season of Columbus Crew reserve team, Crew 2, could be postponed - Sports - The Columbus Dispatch - Columbus, OH

Atlanta Player Scores, Removes Shirt, Remembers He’s Already Been Booked, Dies Inside
Jackson Conway made a mistake he'll never make again. He'll be forever remembered as the player red carded for taking his shirt off after scoring.

Minnesota United sign Bakaye Dibassy, versatile Ligue 1 defender, from Amiens SC | MLSsoccer.com
Minnesota United announced on Monday the signing of French defender Bakaye Dibassy from French side Amiens using Targeted Allocation Money.

Armchair Analyst: Why each MLS is Back Tournament semifinalist will win (or lose) | MLSsoccer.com
This is not the tactical preview! That is coming on Wednesday. This is just some light, fluffy fun as I try to de-clutter my brain on the heels of watching all 48 of these games stem-to-stern.