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Major Link Soccer: Giovanni Savarese officially named Portland Timbers head coach

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CONCACAF Champions League draw, Mia Hamm talks NWSL and another USL team in the future?

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Seattle

Roman Torres was named Latino Player of the Year for 2017 by fans.

The Sounders now know who they face in the Round of 16 in the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League. First up will be Santa Tecla FC out of El Salvador. The first leg will be between Feb 20-22.

MLS

Here is how the other four MLS teams fared in their CCL draw.

It’s finally official, the Portland Timbers have their third head coach in MLS history. Giovanni Savarese was officially announced as such on Monday.

D.C. United will finally have a new stadium in 2018. However, it won’t be ready until the final four months of the season. MLS denied United’s request to play all 17 home games at their new stadium in the last four months of the season.

The Chicago Fire and David Arshakyan mutually agreed to terminate the player’s contract. He appeared in just 16 games over a year and a half.

Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) are just a few months away from beginning MLS play. Their stadium in ahead of schedule, and it looks like they will open the season against the Sounders on the road for first kick.

USA

US Soccer is still looking for their next men’s coach. Apparently, Laurent Blanc turned down the job, but US Soccer refutes his claim that he did so.

The NWSL is entering its sixth season in 2018. The league still faces challenges, but US Women’s National Team legend Mia Hamm sees “great promise”.

Mark Hall, the President and CEO of Hall Equities Group, has acquired the rights for a USL franchise in the Oakland East Bay area. He plans to develop a 15,000+ seat soccer specific stadium.