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Titans Bastard

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Seattle also signed Xavier Arreaga, a 24 year old CB from Barcelona SC (the one in Ecuador). Roman Torres looks rickety these days and Chad Marshall is 34, so this feels like preparing for 2020 and beyond.

NYRB signed Tom Barlow from their reserve team. He's a second year pro who has been scoring a goal a game in USL. NYRB makes a cottage industry out of turning USL players into solid MLS contributors, so we'll see how far he goes. Aaron Long has sure made the most of it.

Philly traded David Accam to Columbus. He's been an expensive bust for the Union, who have done quite well in 2019 with minimal contributions from Accam. The Crew definitely need more punch in the attack; Accam is a tempting acquisition because the upside is high.

Colorado acquired Jonathan Lewis from NYCFC for a bunch of cash. Lewis was really dynamic for the USMNT as an unexpected call up this January, but he's never locked down a starting spot in New York. There have been some criticisms of his defensive workrate and his training habits, and as a result he's often been behind some mediocrities who have gotten more chances. The Rapids are awful, but a fresh start should be good for him.
 

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I love the steep pitch on that upper deck.
It looks steep. The steepest I've been in in the 3rd deck at Qwest/CentryLink/Seahawks stadium. The top of the backrest the row in front of you is about 6-8 inches high. This looks similar.

I'm excited for how much louder it will be with the side of the stadium fully enclosed.
 

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One more picture I took over a construction fence as the construction of Providence park hits the home stretch:

It shows why the stand had to be so high, and steep.

This is the public sidewalk that will be open on match days, the stadium above it, and the roof structure going down to the right.

Also, if anyone is looking for a place to travel to an away match, while I'd always say you should come to Portland, I'd also highly recommend going to Vancouver BC. I was up there this past weekend for the Timbers game. It is just an amazing city. the downtown is very walkable, and there are a lot of really cool things to see surrounding the city.
 

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With the victory in Vancouver yesterday, Atlanta has notched an MLS record five consecutive clean sheets.
The team is finding it's identity, and it's a very different one from Martino's last year.
 

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Chris Wondolowski tied, then broke Landon Donovan's all-time MLS scoring record today, and is now up to four goals on the day(!)


Wondo is frequently dumped on in the same fashion that most marginal USMNTers experience. He was never good at the international level, but if he were actually a worse player who never got any call ups, he'd get far less stick from the fanbase. Nobody gets all fired up about Will Bruin or C.J. Sapong.

I think Wondo's role as a USMNT whipping boy obscures a remarkable club career. Wondo isn't blessed with many particular talents. He's not very fast, he's not very strong, he doesn't hold up the ball, he doesn't beat guys 1v1, and he's not a particularly good passer. What he is good at is that he's a fairly clinical finisher (I know, I know, insert Belgium joke here) and he has an extremely good understanding of space with an uncanny knack for losing defenders in the box.

He played D2 soccer at Chico State and was a totally random dude in MLS for the first five years of his career from 2005-2009. He played no more than 307 minutes in his first four seasons and had seven career goals by the time he turned 27, right before the 2010 season. He's had nine consecutive double-digit goal seasons since.

Wondo broke the record by opportunistically pouncing on a goalkeeper mistake. It was the farthest thing from a banger, but it's appropriately symbolic of Wondo's career.
 

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A midseason retirement for Chad Marshall due to injury. He's one of the best US center backs to never get a real run with the USMNT. Marshall made eight appearances earlier this year, so he'll be replaced with a combo of the also-aging Roman Torres and new signing Xavier Arreaga.

 

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This is part of why I love the stadium here in Portland so much.
https://expo.oregonlive.com/sports/g66l-2019/05/ca6a77b6246536/providence-park-through-the-years-historic-stadium-has-served-many-purposes-since-1926.html

No MLS (and only a handful of other US stadiums) stadium can come close to matching the history of this place.

In fact the first recorded soccer match on the site was played in 1893, that rivals many stadiums in Europe:
http://portland.daveknows.org/2010/08/16/first-soccer-game-at-pge-park-october-21-1893/

I finally get to go into the stadium tomorrow for a T2 match so I'll take some photos from the inside and post them when I get a chance.
 

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The Timbers long road trip ends tomorrow when we finally have a home match. It's been a long 12 games. The first 6 were crap, the last 6 have been pretty damn good.

I was in the stadium for a T2 match on Wednesday, and it's AMAZING. I don't think I'll get much sleep tonight because I'll be so wired for the match tomorrow. I was more excited before the first MLS back match back in 2011, but I haven't been this excited for a match since. And that includes playoffs, and two MLS Cup finals.

After this weekend I'll probably stop filling this thread with stadium pr0n, but I cam across this shot from Wednesday:

I just LOVE how the stadium is nestled into the surrounding city. It reminds me of Fenway in that way.
 

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Atlanta-Chicago outdrew the Champions League final last weekend.

Atlético's stadium was capped at 63.5k, but still.
 

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Attended Union 3-2 RBNY last night. Fun game with lots of traveling RB supporters in attendance. They went up 2 in the first half and the Union stormed back with 3 in about a 15 minute period of the second half.

Bedoya was the soul of the Philly attack and played well. Brendan Aaronson looked promising in the first half - only 18 and donned a mortarboard in uniform for a photo shoot with his cohort of graduating academy classmates pre-game.

Full stadium, perfect weather, great atmosphere.
 

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LAFC sold Andre Horta to Braga.


They are definitely cutting their losses here. Horta came in a $6m fee, but didn't settle into Bob Bradley's system and was simply beaten out by Mark-Anthony Kaye, a revelatory signing from Louisville City and Eduard Atuesta, who came from Independiente Medellin.


The Dynamo signed forward Michael Salazar from their USL team in McAllen. His a rare Belizean-American dual national.

 

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That's almost literally unbelievable, to be honest. I'm in Austin, and while there's definitely an undercurrent of interest, it doesn't feel like anything that would suggest it's in the stratosphere of Atlanta.
 

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Attended Union 3-2 RBNY last night. Fun game with lots of traveling RB supporters in attendance. They went up 2 in the first half and the Union stormed back with 3 in about a 15 minute period of the second half.

Bedoya was the soul of the Philly attack and played well. Brendan Aaronson looked promising in the first half - only 18 and donned a mortarboard in uniform for a photo shoot with his cohort of graduating academy classmates pre-game.

Full stadium, perfect weather, great atmosphere.
Watched this. Agree it was good game and great atmosphere. Made me want to check out Phillys stadium which had not been on my radar