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MLS fines Timbers' Caleb Porter for criticizing officials

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10:50 AM ET 04.05 | Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber has fined Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter an undisclosed amount for public criticism of the officials, the league announed Friday afternoon. The incident in question occurred after Porter criticized the officiating in Portland's 2-1 loss to FC Dallas last Saturday, singling out an incident that saw the Timbers' Michael Harrington and Dallas' JeVaughn Watson both issued red cards. Both cards were later rescinded by an independent review panel. In his remarks, Porter also questioned the lack of protection for forward Darlington Nagbe, who left the Dallas game with a knock at halftime and is in doubt for Saturday's rivalry clash with the Seattle Sounders.

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Report: LA Galaxy hope to sign Frank Lampard

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07:18 AM ET 03.18 | LA Galaxy reportedly remain hopeful of signing Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard this summer. The 35-year-old looked set to move to the MLS at the end of last season before being talked into staying at Stamford Bridge by returning boss Jose Mourinho. However, he has continued to be used sparingly by the Blues, with Galaxy monitoring the current situation. And according to the Sun, they are ready to hand Lampard a huge 4MILLION-A-YEAR deal, to force through a move to the States.

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Toronto FC coach gets vote of confidence

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10:37 AM ET 03.16 | If you think Toronto FC head coach Ryan Nelsen's job was in jeopardy, think again. In an exclusive interview with the Toronto Sun prior to Saturday's impressive 2-1 win over the Sounders here at CenturyLink Field, MLSE's head honcho gave TFC's embattled bench boss an impassioned vote of confidence. "For those who think we win a championship automatically, they're wrong," Leiweke said. "We haven't done anything, yet. I think this is going to take time. I don't care how good these players are or how many world-class players you add to your roster. You introduce seven new players to a team, it's going to take you a while to learn how to play with one another. Those expecting results -- these guys have never played together, ever. We have seven new starters, depending on who Ryan puts out there, when we're healthy."

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David Beckham needs more time to study Miami stadium

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08:35 AM ET 03.09 | David Beckham's group needs another month to determine the viability of building a stadium big enough to share with UM football, and that remains a toss-up at best. And even if Beckham can build a 40,000-seat stadium (University of Miami''s absolute minimum requirement for seating), UM still would need to escape the final 18 years of its Sun Life lease.

Miami Herald

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Fire's Mike Magee getting a raise

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09:15 AM ET 03.08 | Fire forward Mike Magee is getting a raise. Magee and the club "are working on a deal to increase his salary substantially" but he will not be getting designated player status a league source has told the Tribune. Salaries for designated players do not count fully against the MLS salary cap. The MLS' most valuable player recently returned to the team recently after an absence he described as a "personal situation" but reports said was in fact frustration over a new deal. Brian Bliss, the team's technical director, confirmed at least part of the source's characterization.

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