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Who will the Union protect? MLS news, and a new competition for the USMNT

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Philadelphia Union News

Who should the Philadelphia Union protect in the 2017 Expansion Draft?
The Union have some tough choices to make regarding the roster. The expansion draft is just the first.

MLS News

Caleb Porter out as Portland Timbers head coach
Caleb Porter is no longer the head coach of the Portland Timbers.

Best of MLS: The Top 10 Acquisitions of 2017
Every transfer window teams go out and try and find the player that can turn their fortunes around, make their team a contender or improve an already great team into a special one.

Irreconcilable? Meeting with MLS finds no common ground between Columbus, Crew
After a meeting in New York, the parties have reached a stalemate. Potential Austin relocation still looms large.

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley to announce FC Cincinnati stadium finance package Friday
Cranley told The Enquirer he will pitch his stadium finance plan late Friday afternoon, but declined to reveal any details of it.

Clint Dempsey wins MLS Comeback Player of the Year
Dempsey dominated the media portion of the vote to edge out Federico Higuain.

Sporting Kansas City's Tim Melia named MLS Goalkeeper of the Year
Sporting KC's Tim Melia joins his teammate Ike Opara as a league award winner after being part of the unit that allowed the fewest goals in MLS.

Media Microscope: MLS TV ratings experience slight uptick in 2017
Major League Soccer saw its overall TV ratings increase, if only modestly, in the 2017 season.

US Soccer News

CONCACAF unveils League of Nations for all members including U.S. and Mexico
CONCACAF is launching a new national team competition to begin play in September of 2018 that will include the United States and Mexico.

Rest of the World News

The story of Lionel Messi's first days at Barcelona
It is 14 years since the Argentine made his debut against Porto and here, some of his ex-team-mates look back at his early days at the Catalan club.