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  • MLS to implement concussion substitutions; Jeff Agoos explains how 'medical sideline reviews' will work

    CBS Sports "Major League Soccer Monday announced the introduction of concussion substitution trials for the 2021 season with two additional changes for suspected head injury victims allowed outside of the regular five that will continue into the new campaign after being introduced last year. U.S. Soccer..." April 06

  • How MLS’s new Under-22 initiative impacts the rest of the Timbers’ offseason (and beyond)

    Stump Town Footy "Like a little kid who just can’t stop adding Lego blocks onto their already gargantuan creation, MLS has added yet another player acquisition mechanism to its growing thesaurus of roster rules. The much-rumored but yet to be officially confirmed under-22 player initiative is..." February 22

  • Major League Soccer announces dates for preseason training camps

    ESPN "Major League Soccer announced the dates for the opening of training camp, with players on most teams reporting on March 1. The first week will consist of a quarantine period that will include medical exams and testing for COVID-19. The first day of full training for most teams will be..." February 14

  • Timbers announce acquisition of Josecarlos Van Rankin

    Stump Town Footy "The Portland Timbers announced on Wednesday that they have acquired Mexican defender Josecarlos Van Rankin from Chivas de Gualalajara on a one-year loan. The loan comes with an option to exercise a permanent transfer and means that Van Rankin will take up an international roster..." February 04

  • MLS bracing for potential lockout ahead of 2021 season

    CBS Sports "MLS president and deputy commissioner Mark Abbott has issued a memo to teams and league staff telling them to prepare for a potential lockout of players if a new collective bargaining agreement isn't figured out this week, according to Jeff Carlisle of ESPN. The league has imposed a..." January 28

  • MLS regular season to begin April 3; MLS Cup final on Dec. 11

    ESPN "Major League Soccer announced the 2021 MLS season will begin on Saturday, April 3 and feature 34 matches for each of the league's 27 clubs, including expansion side Austin FC. The regular season will conclude with MLS Decision Day on Nov. 7, followed by the MLS Cup playoffs..." January 25

  • That Jeremy Ebobisse loan rumor, and what it means for 2021

    Stump Town Footy "Earlier this week, a report surfaced via ESPN that the Portland Timbers were exploring options for sending Jeremy Ebobisse out on loan to a team in the German 2. Bundesliga. It set off a bit of a discussion amongst Timbers fans, both on twitter and in the comments section, around its..." January 01

  • LA Galaxy looking to acquire defender Jorge Villafaña

    LAG Confidential "Trades are now permitted in MLS in preparing for the 2021 season, and a report Wednesday claims the LA Galaxy could be getting close to sealing the deal on one. Jorge Villafaña could be moving to the Galaxy, in a trade with the Portland Timbers, according..." December 17

  • MLS to charter flights for players on international duty to sidestep quarantine

    ESPN "In a bid to have players on international duty return in time for the MLS Cup playoffs, the league is taking the unusual step of using charter flights to speed their return to the U.S. and thus avoid quarantine periods, sources have told ESPN. This move will allow these players to be..." November 17

  • Breaking Down What's at Stake on MLS Decision Day

    Bleacher Report "The final day of the Major League Soccer season is here. Decision Day is split into two time windows. The Eastern Conference teams will play first at 3:30 p.m. ET, and then the Western Conference sides will do battle at 6:30 p.m. ET. The Supporters' Shield is the biggest..." November 08

  • What broke down, and what's next after summer window?

    The Score "Real target Mbappe, will settle for Haaland Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe's eventual move to Real Madrid seems inevitable, and according to Eurosport, the Frenchman will join the reigning La Liga champs next summer to replace Luka Jovic...." October 18