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Major Link Soccer: Portland renames its stadium

Portland signs a sponsorship agreement with another organization based in the Seattle area

This sign will be replaced with the name of an organization based in Renton
This sign will be replaced with the name of an organization based in Renton
Tom Hauck

Jeld-Wen Field is no more. The home of the Portland Timbers is now known as Providence Park. Providence Health & Services, a non-profit health system headquartered in Renton, Washington, has secured the naming rights for the home of the Timbers and Thorns in a 15 year sponsorship agreement. Providence is already the shirt sponsor of the Thorns.

Argentine winger Andrés Romero will return to the Montreal Impact for the 2014 season, on loan from Brazil's Tombense FC.

David Beckham has been in touch with the ownership group at his former club, PSG, in an effort to help provide funding for his MLS expansion team in Miami, according to a report in France.

Jimmy Nielsen has signed Sporting KC academy midfielder David Leichty to his first professional contract with USL Pro's OKC Energy FC.

Former MLS MVP and FC Dallas midfielder David Ferreira has signed with Santa Fe in Colombia's Primera A. Santa Fe is currently in the group stage of Copa Libertadores in the same group as Atlético Mineiro, the winner of last year's tournament.

Fabian Johnson will reportedly sign with Borussia Münchengladbach this summer after his contract with Hoffenheim expires.

Fredy Montero's Sporting CP was set to face its Lisbon derby rivals on Sunday before the stadium had to be evacuated for safety reasons, due to damage caused when strong winds caused structural damage to the Stadium of the Light. The fixture was rescheduled and will be held today at 12:15 PM.

AC Milan and Inter Milan won't be co-tenants at San Siro for much longer. AC Milan will reportedly move out by the start of the 2017/18 season.

Casey Stoney, England women's national team captain, has opened up publicly about the fact that she is gay, after being inspired by Olympic diver Tom Daley's revelation that he is in a relationship with a man. Stoney went on to criticize FIFA and the International Olympic Committee for allowing the Olympics and the World Cup to be held in Russia and Qatar, which both have laws targeted at homosexuals.

West Ham United has agreed to sell its Boleyn Ground at Upton Park to a real estate developer once the club moves into Olympic Stadium in 2016. Boleyn Ground has been the home of West Ham United since 1904.

Budweiser's sponsorship of the FA Cup will end at the end of this year's tournament. The Football Association announced last Friday that it is searching for a new corporate partner to sponsor the FA Cup beginning later this year.

Alessandro Del Piero will reportedly begin his transition into a coaching role at Sydney FC, with reports suggesting that he will sign a player-coach contract after his current deal with the club expires this summer.

With Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atlético Madrid currently tied at the top of the La Liga table with 57 points apiece, neutral fans and fans of other Spanish clubs hope that the title race can become more interesting than a race between Real Madrid and Barcelona every year. If a new law is successful, fans could see greater parity in future seasons in La Liga, as the league's two biggest clubs would be forced to share more TV revenues with the rest of the league's clubs.

TV Listings

Coupe de France 9:30 AM Cannes vs. Montpellier ESPN3
Coupe de France 11:45 AM Lille vs. Caen ESPN3
DFB Pokal 11:45 AM Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Borussia Dortmund ESPN3, Univision Deportes
Premier League 12:00 PM West Bromwich Albion vs. Chelsea NBC Sports
Copa Del Rey 12:00 PM Atlético Madrid vs. Real Madrid beIN Sports USA, beIN Sports en Español
Brazil Campeonato Paulista 1:30 PM Santos vs. Comercial Gol TV USA
Coppa Italia 2:00 PM Fiorentina vs. Udinese beIN Sports USA (tape delay)
Colombia Primera B 5:00 PM Cúcuta Deportivo vs. Cortuluá TV Colombia
Costa Rica Primera Division 6:00 PM Limón vs. Carmelita Telecentro

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