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The Timbers just redid the paint in their training center in Portland, and it’s just so… Portland. All the things we enjoy about the Portland Porters: Pressure, possession, steely glares in the gloaming, Will Johnson’s annoyingly effective face, Darlington Nagbe’s lifeforce, all that damn green… maybe my wall mural would’ve looked different.

 

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According to this report right here, Malaga’s Pedro Morales is already in Vancouver. The Whitecaps are on the lookout for a No. 10 since Camilo bounced for Mexico, and this could be the answer. Could this mean Javier Morales’ incumbent role as MLS’s ‘Best attacking midfielder with the last name Morales’ is in jeopardy?! Tension. So much tension.

Here’s another thing: Morales’ nickname? Pokegol. I’ve heard Spanish announcers call him Pikachu before. This immediately becomes the best nom de guerre in MLS.

Since this is the internet, we have literature on Morales. Well, it’s more like videos set to crap music, but beggars and choosers and you know.

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MLS’s expansion to 24 teams by 2020 is a top priority item. I’ve said my piece on this before. Placeholders and overgrowth and quality over quantity. The league is trending upward, it’s just a matter of focusing its growth through the proper channels.

Texas, it seems, is high on the agenda. Austin recently splashed into the news via Michael Wilt, a local developer who could use “Austin FC LLC” to open the channels on a new stadium soon. Meanwhile, San Antonio is angling for a jump to MLS from the NASL, and the Crocketteers are on the case. For those counting, that would make four MLS teams in the state of Texas. If it seems like a crowded house, it’s because it would be.

To be sure, the state of Texas is enormous to the point of absurdity. Driving from the Louisiana border to El Paso is roughly the same distance as El Paso to the Pacific Ocean. Which crosses three states. Even within that galactic empire of sand and trees, Austin and San Antonio are close cultural cousins, sharing a stretch of I-35 than spans just 80 miles and occupying similar spheres of influence. Oh sure, Austin is the cooler relative, hosting trendy technology and music festivals, goading residents to try ever newer and stranger food concoctions and trading on its ability to stand as a blue dot in a sea of red.

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The Goat Parade reported today that Chivas Guadalajara filed for two separate patents in January on Los Angeles SC and Los Angeles F.C.  What do they look like? Why yes, there are image mockups on these already.

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You may remember this fun video from June in which then-RSL-AZ academy member Trevor Hyman gave you a first-person view of the Casa Grande, Ariz. home where RSL’s training setup resides. It was a lot of fun.

Call this the senior team equivalent. You get to see how the pros train from a first-person perspective. As always, the GoPro carries the day.

 

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If nothing else, Ryan Nelsen proved in 2013 that he was a pragmatist.

With a handful of blunt instruments at his disposal and not much in the way of bite, he mostly operated out of a comfortably bland 4-4-2 with a decidedly defensive mindset. Bread and butter stuff from the Kiwi. When life hands you a cheese grater to cut through a barbed wire fence, you fix up a grim visage, settle in for the long night ahead and start grating.

In Alex Olshansky’s final Tempo Free Table of the 2013 season, his findings bore out TFC’s frustrating possessive ethos. TFC tried to wrestle possession as much as possible, but they were tremendously profligate with their touches. Despite having more possessions per game than all but two teams, they were able to string together more passes than just one, the midfield-averse Chicago Fire.

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The annual Kicking + Screening Soccer Film Festival is gathering its films, which means the respective trailers are beginning to pop up here and there. This one, titled Muerte o Gloria: The Rise fo the American Soccer Fan, looks especially good. The story of the D.C. United fan is essentially the story of the MLS fan from the beginning, and this one digs back into the roots of MLS’ supporters groups culture.

 

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In 2012, Tim Cahill played in 12 regular season matches for the New York Red Bulls, racked up 1,080 minutes on the field and scored one goal. By most accounts, his initial transfer-shortened MLS season was underwhelming. He often struggled to get involved and entered the 2012-2013 offseason with uncertainty clipping at his heels. Would NYRB’s latest DP be another mild disappointment? The following season was a mystery.

In 2013, Clint Dempsey played in nine regular season matches for the Seattle Sounders, put in a grand total of 651 minutes in an MLS uniform and scored one goal. By most objective measures, Dempsey’s initial blast of MLS air was a bit stale. Unlike Cahill, his form hadn’t suffered in the EPL on the eve of his transfer, and monstrous expectation had been heaped on his shoulders after his historic and somewhat controversial transfer.

Now, Dempsey is mired in an offseason much like the one Cahill had last year. Big player, grand expectations and a sudden and immediate need to meet them.

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Over here, it’s easy digest TFC’s exuberance over landing former Spurs striker Jermain Defoe. He’s still got plenty of good years left in his legs, and he could have easily extended his stay in the EPL with another team. But Drake and YOLO and whatnot, so MLS it is.

Anyway, Spurs manager Tim Sherwood seems pretty sad about all this. Maybe we should get him something?

 

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In another world, Harry Shipp might’ve been one of the first players off the board in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft. Luckily for the Fire, the Homegrown player will never leave the upper midwest.

The Fire announced Shipp as the team’s third Homegrown signing on Thursday after Victor Peneda and Kellen Gulley. It follows on the heels of Shipp’s national title-winning senior campaign, during which he scored 12 goals and added 10 assists for Notre Dame. Now, he’s on his way up the road to Chicago, where he spent much of his developmental career.

Here’s what he had to say about the decision.

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