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  • Five MLS teams report to preseason: Here's how their rosters look today

    MLS News "The five teams qualified for this season's Concacaf Champions League will begin their official preseasons on Saturday, which means real-life games are almost back. LAFC, Atlanta United, NYCFC, Seattle Sounders and Montreal Impact are among those..." January 12

  • Portland Timbers make Diego Chara’s brother Yimmi new DP

    Pro Soccer Talk "All the Charas. The Portland Timbers have acquired Yimmi Chara from Brazil’s Atletico Mineiro, making their star midfielder’s little brother a new Designated Player. Older brother Diego Chara, 33, has made nearly 300 appearances for the Timbers, scoring 10 times..." January 02

  • David Tepper's $35 million gamble on Major League Soccer

    The Sports Daily "Major League Soccer awarded a franchise to play in Charlotte, North Carolina earlier today, making it the 30th team in MLS. According to Commissioner Don Garber, this will likely be the last franchise awarded, at least for the time being. Garber went on to tout the potential financial..." December 17

  • Charlotte to become MLS' 30th franchise for record $325 million

    ESPN "Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper will spend a record $325 million to bring Major League Soccer's 30th franchise to Charlotte, sources have told ESPN. A Tuesday 10 a.m. ET news conference for what Tepper Sports and Entertainment called a major announcement is scheduled at the..." December 16

  • Highly touted Paraguayan attacking midfielder bound for MLS?

    MLS News "Is another Paraguayan set to join Major League Soccer? According to a report in Paraguay, 19-year-old Ivan Franco is being linked to a move for MLS. The Libertad attacking midfielder, who has 16 goals in 63 appearances for the Paraguayan Primera Division side, has a chance to come to..." December 15

  • MLS breaks with tradition, will no longer have every team face every other team

    Washington Post "MLS teams will not play every other franchise at least once next season, a departure from scheduling since the league launched in 1996. With expansion to Miami and Nashville growing the field to 26 teams and the number of regular season matches staying the same (34), clubs will play..." December 05

  • MLS drastically alters its All-Star Game format

    USA Today "The burgeoning relationship between Major League Soccer and Liga MX – the top soccer league in Mexico – has taken another big step.  Executives of the two leagues — MLS commissioner Don Garber and Liga MX executive president Enrique Bonilla —..." November 20

  • MLS Expansion Draft results

    CBS Sports "The 2019 Major League Soccer Expansion Draft went down Tuesday night, and the league's two newest clubs have bolstered their squads ahead of the 2020 season. Inter Miami and Nashville SC both selected five players from a large league pool after MLS clubs had the chance to protect certain..." November 20

  • The Portland Timbers and Diego Valeri might finally have a deal

    Stump Town Footy "For the better part of the fall, most fans of the Portland Timbers have been very aware of the contract negotiation saga between the Portland Timbers and their highest profile player, Diego Valeri. Now, there appears to finally be a light at the end of the..." November 20

  • Timbers sign Croatian central defender Dario Zuparic

    Stump Town Footy "According to a report from Jeff Carlisle of ESPN, Portland may have made its first senior team signing of the offseason. The Portland Timbers have reportedly reached an agreement to sign Croatian center back Dario Zuparic from Croatian club HNK..." November 20

  • What to know about MLS expansion draft

    CBS Sports "Here's what you need to know about the expansion draft. The 2019 MLS Expansion Draft is set for Tuesday, and it's a big day for Major League Soccer's two newest clubs ahead of their inaugural seasons. Inter Miami and Nashville SC, the league's pair of newcomers, can..." November 18

  • Timbers part ways with DP striker Brian Fernandez

    ESPN "Major League Soccer has terminated Portland Timbers forward Brian Fernandez's contract. The league announced the move Friday. Fernandez has also been removed from Portland's roster. Fernandez, 25, was acquired by the Timbers from Liga MX side Necaxa back on May..." November 16

  • Surging MLS is laughing all the way to the bank

    Toronto Sun "The real winner today will not come from Toronto or Seattle. The real winner, big picture, of this giant week and colossal championship is a one-time sporting afterthought called Major League Soccer. The MLS Cup sold out in 20 minutes. One of the largest crowds to ever watch soccer in..." November 10

  • MLS union boss: Players would strike if no acceptable new deal

    ESPN "The head of the Major League Soccer Players Association said players are prepared to strike if they can't negotiate an acceptable collective bargaining agreement with the league. "We've been talking about and preparing for a work stoppage for two and a half years now at..." November 07

  • Major League Soccer to Sacramento: What to know about the latest expansion franchise announcement

    CBS Sports "On Monday, Major League Soccer finally announced what was widely reported and speculated in the past few months. The city of Sacramento was awarded a franchise at an event held in the city and attended by MLS commissioner Don Garber, Sacramento mayor Darrell Steinberg, California governor Gavin..." October 21

  • MLS Cup Playoff Predictions

    NBC Sports "There will be upsets. While Major League Soccer’s playoffs certainly should provide plenty of love for home teams in the one leg format, it will also give underdogs the chance to outfox better seeds over 90 minutes. Considering that 92 of 408 MLS matches ended in ties..." October 19

  • Can Atlanta repeat? Why all 14 playoff teams could lift MLS Cup - and why they won't

    ESPN "Decision Day has come and gone, leaving Major League Soccer's 14 postseason-bound sides with nearly two weeks to contemplate their paths to MLS Cup glory. In the regular season's afterglow, playoff hopes will never be higher for many, which is why we've detailed precisely why..." October 08

  • Major League Soccer has suspended its prohibition on the Iron Front flag

    USA Today "Major League Soccer announced Tuesday that it will no longer prohibit the display of Iron Front imagery at games for the rest of the 2019 season.  The displaying of the Iron Front symbol at games by supporters of the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders had been a..." September 24

  • David Tepper asks Charlotte to pay for MLS stadium

    WBTV " 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. WBTV has spoken with two people briefed on the request, both of whom requested they not be named in order..." September 24

  • Sources: MLS fans suspended for Iron Front flag

    ESPN "A "handful" of fans belonging to the Timbers Army, the main supporters' group for the Portland Timbers in MLS, have been banned from attending games at Providence Park for three matches, multiple sources have confirmed to ESPN. The fans were banned for waving flags that..." September 05