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Major Link Soccer: Portland Timbers eyeing Radamel Falcao?

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In a report originally from Argentine outlet Varsky Sports, the Timbers are supposedly looking to add Falcao to the roster.

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MLS

Here’s what went into the decision to turn the Montreal Impact into Club de Foot Montréal. CF Montréal explain rebrand: "To make an impact, we need to retire the Impact" | MLSsoccer.com

Joe Mansueto is an optimist, and his first full season as the owner and chairman of the Chicago Fire was — daresay — an enjoyable one despite the disappointing results. Here’s why he’s willing to spend big on the team — and why its logo is changing. Joe Mansueto on Chicago Fire logo, willingness to spend - Chicago Tribune

Former West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Jonathan Bond has signed with the LA Galaxy. LA Galaxy signs ex-West Brom keeper Jonathan Bond

Could the Portland Timbers really be bringing in Radamel Falcao? Merritt Paulson threw some eyeball emojis into the pot, so maybe! Are the Timbers bringing in Radamel Falcao? - Stumptown Footy

NWSL/WoSo

As the draft played out on Wednesday, it became clear that it will firmly occupy a very narrow space in the evolving women’s soccer world: it may not be able to attract the very best prospect of a given group, but the group of extremely talented players remains available to the league. NWSL still attracts top US prospects, but occupies narrowing space in changing global landscape – Equalizer Soccer ($)

A 2020 draft-day trade between the Chicago Red Stars and Utah Royals FC appeared to set a market for draft picks. Draft night 2021 made that seem like child’s play. Led by Sky Blue, the price of acquiring NWSL draft picks just went up – Equalizer Soccer

The USMNT played just four matches in a 2020 turned upside down by COVID-19, so ESPN details what Gregg Berhalter & Co. need to accomplish in 2021. USMNT 2021 to-do list: Find a striker, build depth behind stars and determine future of veterans

Every pick, as they came in. All the picks from the 2021 NWSL College Draft - All For XI

The Houston Dash added two new players in Wednesday night’s NWSL Draft. Dash Look To The Future With Pair Of West Coast Attackers - Dynamo Theory

Take a look at al 40 players drafted in the 2021 NWSL Draft. 2021 NWSL draft results: Emily Fox, Trinity Rodman and Brianna Pinto lead list of picks in trade filled night - CBSSports.com

Portland Thorns took four players in the 2021 Draft — Yazmeen Ryan, Samantha Coffey, Amirah Ali and Hannah Betfort. Thorns select Ryan, Coffey, Ali, and Betfort in the 2021 NWSL Draft - Stumptown Footy

Jennifer Cudjoe Brianna Pinto is first selection before trade to bring back star lost in expansion draft. Sky Blue re-acquire Cudjoe in eventful draft day - Once A Metro

After experiencing the demise of the Utah Royals amidst a pandemic in 2020, Tziarra King looks forward to carving out a place with the Reign. Tziarra King feeling grateful for fresh start with OL Reign – The Athletic

USA/USL

New Mexico United Forward David Estrada, who announced his retirement last month, will join the Somos Unidos Foundation. Estrada, who earned the first two Humanitarian of the Year awards in New Mexico United history, and has created positive impact everywhere his football career has taken him, will continue that work right here in New Mexico. New Mexico United Forward David Estrada Continues Service to Community, Joins Somos Unidos Foundation

World

Frank Lampard is trying to coach his Chelsea players out of the urge to celebrate as teams receive their sternest warning they should stop hugging. Lampard vows to stop hugs as Allardyce hits out at government 'nonsense' | Football | The Guardian

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane does not consider his team’s elimination from the Spanish Super Cup at the hands of Athletic Bilbao “a failure.” Real Madrid's Supercopa elimination 'not a failure' - Zidane

Manchester City, one of the most successful and valuable teams in the world, can add another notch to its belt: It’s the most innovative club in global sports. Manchester City Football Club Named Most Innovative Team in Global Sports - Bloomberg

He’s the self-anointed “Special One,” and Jose Mourinho lived up to the tag again this week with his keynote appearance in the United Soccer Coaches convention. Tottenham Hotspur’s charismatic Portuguese manager touched on several North American soccer matters in a nearly-hour-long online conversation. Jose Mourinho talks US, Canadian players shining overseas and growth of MLS | MLSsoccer.com