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Brotherly Game Daily Links 12/14/17

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Philadelphia Union News

Former Union coach John Hackworth wants another shot at working in MLS
"I'm a prideful person, I'm ambitious, and I know that I want to go back into the pro game," he said while in town to watch his oldest son play in the NCAA College Cup.

News roundup: Hack wants back in MLS, Ayuk’s Sweden loan ends, Nagbe to Atlanta, King Pep

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Also: probable Portland coach, reaction to Stewart interview in FourFourTwo, Wayne Rooney

Atlanta United officially acquires Darlington Nagbe in record-breaking deal

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The Atlanta United midfield just got that much better.

Atlanta United confirmed on Wednesday that the club has acquired Darlington Nagbe and Gbenga Arokoyo from the Portland Timbers. In exchange, the Timbers received$650,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM) in 2018, $100,000 in GAM in 2019, $300,000 in Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) and a 2018 international roster spot.

Official: Portland Timbers Trade Darlington Nagbe to Atlanta United; The End of an Era

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The Portland Timbers have been a Major League Soccer side since 2011 and for the entirety of their time in the league, Darlington Nagbe has been a fixture on the team. From his 2011 Goal of the Year to his most recent call ups to the USMNT after a lifetime of waiting, Nagbe has been a Timber.

Now, however, the Nagbe era has ended in Portland as the Timbers announced today that the 27 year old midfielder had been traded to recent expansion side Atlanta United in exchange for a record setting package of allocation money and other accommodations.

Savarese to be next Timbers Coach?

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ESPN is reporting Giovanni Savarese will be the Portland Timbers' next head coach, succeeding Caleb Porter who unexpectedly left the club in November.

His managerial experience is exclusively with the New York Cosmos where he won the NASL title three times in his tenure (2013-2017) including an undefeated season in 2015.

MLS Half-Day Trade Window Roundup: Kei Kamara, Walker Zimmerman, and more

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Only hours after Toronto FC lifted the 2017 MLS Cup, MLS opened a brief trade window Sunday morning. Teams could conduct player trades for four short hours between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. and several teams took advantage.

Here's a closer look at all of the day's action:

Whitecaps acquire Kei Kamara from Revs

New England Revolution striker Kei Kamara is headed to western Canada as the Vancouver Whitecaps acquired his services.

16 players to watch in the 2017 College Cup

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Nick Fishman ranks 16 players to watch as the best four teams in men's college soccer come to Philly.

Portland’s coaching search

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By Jeff Rueter – SAINT PAUL, MN (Dec 7, 2017) US Soccer Players - The Portland Timbers seem to be a team on the cusp of reaching their potential. Joining MLS in 2011, Portland seemed poised to tap into the success their northern neighbors were already having. Promising early returns showed up in fits and starts through their first two seasons.

Around The Forest: MLS MVP Diego Valeri reflects on his journey to MLS stardom

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Also: TFC insists there's no added pressure, 7 Thorns make 50 Best Women players, Vanny and the Conte connection and more!


MLS MVP Diego Valeri reflects on his unique journey to stardom in Portland | Portland Timbers
When Diego Valeri first considered leaving Club Atletico Lanús in Argentina for the faraway destination of the Portland Timbers, he knew nothing about the club or the city.

Diego Valeri made picking an MLS MVP easy in 2017

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By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Dec 6, 2017) US Soccer Players - There's something extra to Portland Timbers star Diego Valeri winning the 2017 MLS MVP award. It's not just his excellent season with 21 goals and 11 assists while playing in all 34 regular season games.

Portland’s Diego Valeri is the 2017 MLS MVP

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Portland's Diego Valeri won the 2017 MLS Most Valuable Player award, the league announced on Monday. Valeri scored 21 goals and had 11 assists in a season that saw the Timbers finish top of the Western Conference in the regular season. Valeri set the new record for goals by a midfielder.

It’s Official: Diego Valeri Named MLS Most Valuable Player

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Diego Valeri is our most valuable player.

Valeri's impact on the Portland Timbers has been undeniable since he first stepped onto the field at Providence Park five seasons ago. Pulling the strings of the Timbers attack, Valeri was already one of the most potent attacking players in the side's history, scoring 37 goals and providing 42 assists during the regular season between his debut in 2013 and the end of the 2016 season.

Around The Forest: Diego Valeri named Goal.com’s MLS MVP

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Also: Kendall Waston opens up, Rapids have a new manager, Giovinco tired of the time off and more!


MLS Awards: Diego Valeri named Goal's MLS Most Valuable Player | Goal.com
Since he arrived in Major League Soccer in 2013, Diego Valeri has established himself as one of the league's top attacking talents, and the heart and soul of the Portland Timbers.

Around The Forest: Sporting Kansas City’s Tim Melia wins goalkeeper of the year

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Matt Doyle talks Caleb Porter, Luka Modric outcast to all-world midfielder, USMNT legend Landon Donovan, NWSL lands in Utah and more!


Armchair Analyst: Caleb Porter's Portland tenure comes to a close | MLSsoccer.com
It was unexpected. Caleb Porter had guided a dinged and damaged Portland Timbers team to the top of the Western Conference during the regular season, and then – as they proceeded to pick up a few more dings, and sustain yet more damage – they battled gamely in the Western Conference semifinals before falling, 2-1 to Houston.

Official: Porter resigns as Portland Timbers coach

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The Portland Timbers announced on Friday that Caleb Porter is no longer the club's head coach. Porter leaves after winning the Western Conference in 2017 and the 2015 MLS Cup. He was also the 2013 MLS Coach of the Year.

"I would like to begin by giving special thanks to my owner and friend Merritt Paulson for providing me with the opportunity to lead the Portland Timbers these past five seasons," Porter said in a press statement.

Valeri, Chara, and Nagbe represent Timbers on MLS top jersey sales list

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Fun with jersey numbers!

I have 5 jersey's sitting in my closet right now, though at this point - I'm missing a Portland Timbers jersey. So maybe I should cruise on over to MLSStore.com - which today released its Top 25 selling jerseys in MLS.


Those are special numbers for Timbers fans and they also made the Top 25.

Six Sounders rank among top MLS jersey sellers

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The Sounders and Atlanta United combined for nearly half of the top 25.

Not so surprisingly, Seattle Sounders fans like buying jerseys featuring players from their favorite team. So it makes a lot of sense that the list of the top 25 MLS jersey sales is pretty well dominated by Sounders.

MLS put out its annual list of best-selling shirts — through MLSstore.

Darlington Nagbe

Major Link Soccer: Darlington Nagbe heading to Atlanta?

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MLS Expansion draft and MLS Cup ratings.


We can take one small victory over losing MLS Cup this past weekend. Ratings rose 75% from 2015, the last time ESPN aired the final. So, take that.


A lot of change is going on with the Portland Timbers. First, it was Caleb Porter and the Timbers parting ways.

Report: Atlanta United nearing move for Darlington Nagbe

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One of the league's elite attacks appears to be close to adding a U.S. Men's National Team midfielder.

ESPN reported Monday that Atlanta United is close to signing acquiring Darlington Nagbe from the Portland Timbers. According to the report, the Timbers would receive$750,000 in general allocation money, $300,000 in targeted allocation money, and an additional $500,000-$600,000 in incentive-based compensation.

Diego Valeri

MLS Releases Expansion Draft Protected Lists, No Keepers for PTFC

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The protected lists for the 2017 MLS Expansion Draft have been released and the Portland Timbers have left both of their starting keepers from the 2017 season exposed.

On the Timbers' protected list are Alvas Powell, Liam Ridgewell, Larrys Mabiala, Vytas Andriuškevičius, Diego Chara, David Guzman, Darlington Nagbe, Diego Valeri, Sebastian Blanco, Fanendo Adi, and Dairon Asprilla.

Diego Valeri cements Timbers, MLS legacy with MVP award

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It's hard to remember a time where Diego Valeri wasn't synonymous with the Portland Timbers. Throughout his MLS career, Valeri has emerged as the premier Timber, a face for a franchise and a city with a long history and a passionate fervor for the game. Even so, it's been just five short seasons since Valeri made the move to Portland from Lanus, even if those five short seasons have been jam-packed in more ways than one.

Diego’s Biggest Fan

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Why Connie Valeri is our favorite future Thorn

At his 2017 MLS MVP award ceremony, Diego Valeri was presented with a video of some soccer heavyweights offering their congratulations, including Falcao, Kaka, Nacho Piatti, Landon Donovan, and Timbers Diego Chara, David Guzman, and Zarek Valentin, among others.

Diego Valeri named MLS MVP

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Diego Valeri's spectacular season has been rewarded with recognition as Most Valuable Player.

MLS announced on Monday that the Portland Timbers midfielder has been voted league MVP for the 2017 season. Valeri finished with an overwhelming 45 percent of the player vote, 51 percent of the club vote and 55 percent of the media vote for a total of 50.

News Update

Portland’s MVP

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The one thing that could make Diego Valeri's 2017 MLS story even better is if the Portland Timbers were still playing. Valeri won the 2017 MLS MVP award by setting a new standard for an MLS midfielder. As many pointed out before and after the award, Valeri also sets a standard as a person.

Caleb Porter leaves Portland

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The Portland Timbers unexpectedly landed on the list of MLS teams in search of a coach. The news broke on Thursday night that Caleb Porter is leaving the club. Porter's next stop is an open question, alongside whom the Timbers might hire to replace him. FourFourTwo's Paul Tenorio broke the news of Porter's exit.

Caleb Porter

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?

News Roundup: Union offseason needs, continuing Columbus drama Columbus, an important discussion about net quality

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The headlines you missed if you weren't paying attention this weekend.

Official: Caleb Porter Has Left the Portland Timbers

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In a statement released this morning the Portland Timbers made it official: Caleb Porter has moved on.

As FourFourTwo's Paul Tenorio first reported last night, the Timbers' coach of the last five seasons has reached an agreement with the side to step away, leaving the Timbers without a head coach as they head into the 2017-2018 offseason.

Report: Caleb Porter out as Timbers head coach

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Caleb Porter's tenure as Portland Timbers head coach is reportedly coming to an end.

FourFourTwo USA reports the man who led the Timbers to the 2015 MLS Cup title is out of a job. The move was reportedly his decision.

Porter was hired as Timbers coach in 2013, when he led them to the top seed in the Western Conference before losing in the conference final to Real Salt Lake.


Plot Twist: Timbers Decline Darren Mattocks’s Option

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The Portland Timbers are not exercising Darren Mattocks's 2018 option, after all.

In their initial press release Monday afternoon, the Timbers indicated they were exercising the contract option to bring Mattocks back in 2018. After that release issued, however, the Timbers announced they in fact declined Mattocks's option.

Timbers Reveal Players Under Contract for 2018

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We have our first roster moves of the offseason, and they reveal a logjam on the 2018 roster that Gavin Wilkinson and company will likely have to work hard to free over the course of the winter.

The Portland Timbers on Monday released the list of players for whom they had exercised or declined 2018 contract options, as well as additional information regarding whom the Timbers have under contract and who is now out of contract.

Houston Dynamo

MLS Playoff Tuesday: Your Running Commentary

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After an extended break, the MLS playoffs return on Tuesday with the start of the conference finals.

Tuesday night's festivities begin in Columbus as Toronto FC visits the Columbus Crew for the first leg of the Eastern Conference final (8 p.m., ESPN). The Supporters' Shield winners enter Tuesday's match shorthanded with both Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco out of action due to suspension, while the Crew possess a full complement of players after holding off NYCFC in the conference semifinal round.

Nos Audietis, Episode 265: Bring on the Dynamo

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Sounders are in Western Conference finals for the third time in four years.

The Seattle Sounders are back in the Western Conference finals. That's two years in a row they've made it this far, three times in the past four -- with the lone exception seeing them knocked out in penalties -- and four times in the past six.

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Report: Timbers set to hire Giovanni Savarese

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The Portland Timbers coaching search appears to be near its end as the club is reportedly set to hire one of the most successful coaches in American soccer.

According to ESPN, the Timbers are set to hire former New York Cosmos boss Giovanni Savarese. The move comes following the departure of Caleb Porter, who resigned last month.

D.C. United acquires Darren Mattocks from Portland Timbers

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Some younger speed up front for the Black-and-Red in this move.

First reported by SB Nation's Portland Timbers blog Stumptown Footy, sources have since told us that D.C. United has acquired forward Darren Mattocks from the Timbers in exchange for an international roster spot in 2018. Sources also tell us that the team has signed him for the 2018 season.

Soccer Made in Portland: 2017 Episode 41

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Chris and Jamie return to try to read the tea leaves about Caleb Porter's sudden departure from the Portland Timbers, recap Gavin Wilkinson and Merritt Paulson's offseason press conference, and dive into the Timbers' anticipated offseason moves.

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Timbers tease new secondary kits

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It's white baby!

Twitter has been abuzz this morning as the Timbers rolled out a sneak peek at what will be their new secondary kit. And they only gave a small look at the new incoming secondary kit, check it out below.

Fresh. Clean. 2018.

Around The Forest: A young USMNT draws European Champions

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Thorns Ashleigh Sykes notches 100th career W-league appearance, NYCFC signs their second eSports player and more!


Academy Update | Timbers U-19s, U-17s each record back-to-back wins | Portland Timbers
The Portland Timbers U-19 and U-17 Academy teams each recorded back-to-back wins, defeating their San Diego Surf and Nomads SC counterparts, to lead the way for a successful weekend for the academy.

Timbers Offseason Off-Field Storylines

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With the Portland Timbers and Thorns off the field for the winter, it's time to take a look at some of the off-field storylines to watch in the offseason.

Providence Park Expansion

There won't be great visuals or anything worthy of a webcam, but the east-side expansion of Providence Park is officially underway.