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ATF: Minnesota United Close To Signing First Ever DP Darwin Quintero

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Also: Maxi Urruti signs new deal, Merritt Paulson and his role in women's soccer, Kljestan looking forward to date against NYRB, Gareth Southgate has words for Dele Alli and more!


How Ana-Maria Crnogorčević fits Thorns FC's forward mold | Portland Timbers
At first glance, the move looks like a no-brainer.

Boston Breakers fold after ownership deal falls through

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The end of an era.

UPDATED 1/25/18 10:00 PM ET: Added tweets from Portland Thorns owner Merritt Paulson regarding the status of the Breakers before the decision was made to fold the team.

A new ownership deal that could have kept the Boston Breakers local but moved them down to the Union Point land development in Weymouth has fallen apart, and with no new ownership able to step in on such short notice, the team will fold.

Report: The Amandine Henry Deal is Done

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According to Caitlin Murray reporting for ESPNW, the Portland Thorns have finalized the long-awaited signing of French midfielder Amandine Henry.

The Thorns have reportedly been pursuing Henry since late last season and hints have continued to surface linking the two parties, including a recent tweet from Thorns owner Merritt Paulson hinting at upcoming news from the Thorns.

Thorns to Host Preseason Tournament at Providence Park

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The Portland Thorns will host a preseason tournament featuring National Women's Soccer League clubs, Thorns owner Merritt Paulson revealed on Twitter Saturday evening, with details to be announced Monday.

The NWSL has yet to release the 2016 schedule, but the season is likely to begin to begin in mid-April, as it has in previous seasons, with preseason training and matches beginning in mid-March.

Portland Timbers

Around The Forest: Jonathan Gonzalez files one time switch to Mexico

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Also: lots of MLS signings including Perry Kitchen returning to the U.S., another young american could be playing in Germany, CanNT gets a new, but not new head coach and more!


For Portland Timbers' brass, Savarese quickly separated from the pack |
When the Portland Timbers parted with longtime coach Caleb Porter in November, the club's front office had an urgent decision ahead: With offseason moves already in the works, they needed a new manager quickly.

At Long Last: Highlights from the Offseason Press Conference

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The Portland Timbers planned to have their offseason press conference sometime in the week or two after their conference semifinal loss to the Houston Dynamo. Well, the best laid plans...

On Wednesday afternoon Merritt Paulson and Gavin Wilkinson held a half-hour press conference to talk about the Timbers' coaching search and offseason plans.

What’s next for the Timbers?

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Caleb Porter and the Timbers have parted ways, now what?

One of my favorite TV shows of all time is the West Wing. In it, after any crisis, fictional President Jed Bartlet always asked "What's next?" when he was ready to move on to the next thing.

So what's next for both Caleb Porter and the Portland Timbers?

Which Portland Timbers 2 Players Could Step Up to the First Team?

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The Portland Timbers' USL side is chock full of talented youngsters. From academy players to young internationals, T2 is stocked with players who could one day contribute to the first team. According to a recent tweet from team owner Merritt Paulson, however, for some of those players that day could be sooner than you think.

Moves in the Making? Merritt Paulson Drops Hints for the Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns

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It just wouldn't be MLS Roster Compliance Day without Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson dropping a hint about impending roster moves. Of course, Paulson did not go into specifics in his tweeted innuendo, simply saying that Timbers and Thorns general manager Gavin Wilkinson was hard at work and that there would hopefully be news for both teams in "the next week or so".

Guess Who is Coming to Town?

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Among the Columbus Crew SC supporters traveling to the Rose City for next week's season opener, one is getting some special attention: @Savannah_Bee, as she is known on Twitter, has had a GoFundMe set up to bring her to town for the Portland Timbers home opener against the Crew.

You might better recognize her from her reaction to Don Garber's post game remarks at the MLS Cup as he thanked the fans in Columbus.

Portland Timbers Still in the Hunt for a New Winger After Losing Out on Liga MX Player

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The Major League Soccer season might almost be upon us, but the transfer rumors surrounding the Portland Timbers and their depth out on the wing continued today as team owner Merritt Paulson tweeted that the Timbers are still looking to bring in a player on the wing.

Interestingly, Paulson also confirmed that the team had lost out on another player -- something he had also refereed to in a since-deleted tweet last week -- this time adding that the player was in Liga MX and that the Timbers had lost out on him because of a "performance he had last week".

The "Double Post Bar" is Real; Opening March 6th

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Once upon a time, Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson tweeted that if the team ever won an MLS Cup, he would buy the Timbers Army a bar. Now it appears that his promise is coming true.

The Timbers announced today that the "Double Post Bar", named for the miraculously missed penalty by Sporting Kansas City player Saad Abdul-Salaam in the 2015 Western Conference play-in game when his attempt struck both posts before bouncing to safety, will open on March 6th at 1:30 p.

Portland Thorns Make Their Preseason Tournament Official

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Over the weekend, Merritt Paulson teased a preseason tournament for the Portland Thorns. Now Paulson's teaser has become a reality as the Thorns have made official their first-ever preseason tournament, to be hosted at Providence Park between March 27th and April 2nd. In addition to the Thorns, the tournament will feature the Houston Dash, Seattle Reign, and Oregon State University.

Wallace Rebuffs Timbers’ Contract Offer; Looks Overseas

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The Portland Timbers post-championship offseason hit its first unexpected bump on Monday, as owner Merritt Paulson acknowledged on Twitter that winger Rodney Wallace had turned down the Timbers' contract offer and will ply his trade elsewhere in 2016. Because they extended a bona fide offer to Wallace at the end of the season, the Timbers hold Wallace's MLS rights, making it most likely that Wallace's other suitors are overseas.

Tifo From Last Night’s US Game

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Well done Portland. Well done.

(Photo via Merritt Paulson)

The post Tifo From Last Night's US Game appeared first on - MLS Blog.

Perfectly Reasonable Things To Hope For In 2013

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The Portland Timbers have sure been entertaining this preseason. Even at their best in 2011 and 2012, the Timbers didn't string together passes the way the first team did in the preseason tournament (recently dubbed the Rose City Invitational by Merritt Paulson).

Nonetheless it seems likely that there will be some growing pains.

Andre Blake

Mini pitches, area schools in NCAA tourney, US-Costa Rica tonight, more

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Union Foundation targets building 50 mini pitches in and around Philly. Villanova, RIder, and Delaware in NCAA tourney. Klinsmann says US can win in Costa Rica tonight. More news.

Blake graduates from Generation adidas, more news

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Blake no longer has Generation adidas status. More Union bits and other news.

Major League Soccer

Providence Park is Profitable for Portland.

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MLS has made the stadium have a positive impact on city finances.

The Willamette Week published a great article last night on the financial impact that MLS has had for Providence Park:

While previous renovations in 2001 for minor league baseball and soccer teams had left the city with a sizable chunk of debt, the arrival of Merritt Paulson and MLS has been able to turn that around.

MLS Ticker: Hamid, Pulido, Galaxy and more

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After being forced to leave U.S. Men's National Team camp with an apparent nagging knee injury, D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid could miss significant time leading up to the 2016 MLS regular season:

Hamid could reportedly be out for several months after undergoing surgery to repair his injured meniscus on Wednesday.

Soccer Made in Portland: 2016 Episode 2

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Portland Timbers and Thorns owner Merritt Paulson joins Jamie and Chris to discuss the Thorns' and Timbers' offseason, the complicated nature of the MLS salary structure, and Jurgen Klinsmann's relationship with MLS. Jamie and Chris also run down the Timbers' and Thorns' recent signings and look ahead to the MLS SuperDraft on Thursday and the NWSL Draft on Friday.

OTF Roundtable: Chicago Fire Week 13

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Will he buy players who've worn hallowed kits like this? (photo:

This week, with all the MLS talk about stars and cash, the Roundtable asks, W.W.H.D?

What Would Hauptman Do?

After the now well-known NYCFC news broke Sunday, I used the site's Twitter account to vent a bit.

SBJ Talks Soccer

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The Sports Business Journal has a pair of excellent pieces looking at MLS as the league prepares for the 2014 season. This is part of the annual MLS preview in the periodical. We will have more on this next week in the lead-up to the openers, but tonight we will focus on two of the articles. The first is a roundtable conversation with Adrian Hanauer, Tim Leiweke, Merritt Paulson, Anthony Precourt and Nick Sakiewicz.

Grant Wahl: Merritt Paulson 23rd Most Powerful US Soccer Person

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This week Sports Illustrated released the magazine and their theme was top 50 lists. Going with this theme Grant Wahl posted his ranking of the top 50 most powerful people in US Soccer. Making the list at 23rd is the Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson in a tie with Sporting Kansas City owner Robb Heineman.

Philadelphia Union

Notes from the SuperDraft, Fabinho deal confirmed, Pires’ regrets, more news

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Thoughts from Curtin and Stewart on the draft. Fabinho deal confirmed. Robert Pires says he regrets not joining the Union in 2010. More.

More reaction to that call, Chaco named to SI TOW, league could expand beyond 24 teams, more

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Union news. League confirms advanced talks with Minnesota United for next MLS franchise. Garber says league considering expanding beyond 24 teams. More news.

Last Union game of 2014, prepping for offseason, USA v Mexico tonight at PPL Park, more

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Union season ends on Sunday in Columbus. Expansion draft notes. Okugo on his future. MLS ref suspended after fraud arrest. Women's World Cup qualification comes to PPL Park. More.

“A good starting point”: Recaps and reaction from draw in Portland, MLS results, more

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Edu calls Saturday's draw "a good starting point." More quotes, reaction, and recaps from the season opener. MLS roundup. More.

Hack says Union need to win 3 out of last 5, Torres & Kleberson, 2022 WC construction worker abuse

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Hack says Union need to win 3 out of last 5 games to keep playoff hopes alive. Torres and Kleberson unlikely to play much of a part. Guardian investigation reveals widespread abuse of WC 2022 workers. More.

Ready for Chivas, Farfan v Farfan, Big weekend for Reading and OC, more news

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Hackworth not taking Chivas USA lightly. Farfan v Farfan: The return of Gabe. Williams and McInerney make SBI midseason Best XI. Reading and Ocean City have Friday games before Sunday PDL derby. More news.

Team News

2015 Portland Timbers Season Preview - Part 5: Timbers Organization & Stadium

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In part 5 of our 2015 season preview, we look at the names and faces of those behind the players on the pitch. The Portland Timbers have been successful in making the transition from USL to MLS, and are now considered one of the strongest brands in MLS. Much of that success is due to the organization as a whole, and 2015 showcases some additional changes and updates designed to keep up the progress.

Portland Timbers 2014 preview part 4: Timbers Organization & Stadium

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For part 4 of our Portland Timbers season preview, we look at the folks behind the folks wearing the crest - the organization. We also look closely at Providence Park, considered by many soccer aficionados as one of the premier soccer destinations in MLS.

MLS announces 2014 MLS All-Star Game opponent for match in Portland – FC Bayern Munich

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In festivities at the adidas America campus in North Portland, Major League Soccer in association with the Portland Timbers, adidas and the match's naming corporate sponsor - AT&T - announced that FC Bayern Munchen or Bayern Munich will be visiting the Rose City to play in the August 6 match. The fan base for Bayern Munich is very similar to the hometown Timbers Army that supports the Timbers every match day, and this event should be a remarkable showcase for Portland, MLS and soccer within the region.

The Rest

ICYMI: Internet Rejoices Over Scrap of Tobin Heath News

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Twitter collectively sat down and breathed into a paper bag yesterday evening, when Jamie Goldberg at the Oregonian reported that Tobin Heath would probably be fit in time for the NWSL postseason.

The news was confirmed by the big boss himself, Merritt Paulson, in a since-deleted tweet:

Re: Tobin Heath, another update.

Merritt Paulson Talking Infrastructure Investment

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In the wake of John Canzano's piece exploring Peregrine Sports, LLC's options for expanding -- or even rebuilding -- Providence Park, a healthy buzz has surrounded the possibilities that he put forward; most notably expanding the east side and south end stands.

Peregrine is the owner of both the Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns, so of course, with 11,000 people on the Timbers' waiting list for season tickets, any possibility of adding more seats is going to generate some excitement.

Reign Headed to Portland For 2016 Preaseason

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Seattle returns to Providence Park to kick off preparation for their fourth season.

The Seattle Reign are starting their 2016 campaign where the 2015 season ended — in the unfriendly confines of the Thorns' Providence Park. Their preseason schedule was released today, and we learned they'll be traveling down in late March to participate in a preseason tournament (which Thorns owner Merritt Paulson hinted at on Twitter last week), then returning for their annual Community Shield match at home against the University of Washington.

Deals! Deals! Deals! Merritt Paulson Teases Moves for Timbers and Thorns!

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Merritt Paulson, owner of the Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns, was up to his old shenanigans on Twitter this morning, dropping bombs with regard to both sides.

First Paulson addressed some of the moves that the Thorns have been linked to in recent weeks, confirming that Lindsey Horan will hopefully be added soon and referring to a "MAJOR" signing, likely French international Amandine Henry who has been strongly linked to the Thorns recently.

Sources: USWNT stars to miss early part of 2015 NWSL season for residency camp

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The schedule for the 2015 National Women's Soccer League is not out yet, but it appears the U.S. Women's National Team stars of the league will be playing a somewhat smaller role next year.

According to sources with the league and close to the national team, players in the USWNT pool will miss at least two months for an extended training camp before the 2015 Women's World Cup in Canada.

Portland Timbers versus San Jose Earthquakes (Photos and video)

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Another gritty performance form the Timbers saw them take maximum points courtesy of a Will Johnson free kick in the 78th minute.

John Spencer will Rise Again

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Part 3 of Nick Firchau's three-part feature about Portland Timbers owner and president Merritt Paulson is out today, as promised. While it doesn't deliver quite the level of controversy that Part 2 did, it's still an interesting look at Paulson's actions in the face of adversity. The moral of the story appears to be that Paulson has learned some hard lessons.