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In honor of the league kicking off this weekend with two expansion teams and 26 clubs overall, we present the top 25 — trends, story lines, newcomers, shake-ups and more.

The coach made the club's first public acknowledgement of talks with the former Columbus Crew standout, who is 35 and coming off an ACL injury.

The former Columbus Crew playmaker is returning from an ACL injury.

Authorities hope to remove repetitive and unnecessary heading and cut back on potential risks.

Former Houston back Kevin Garcia joins ex-Chicago and Seattle defender Jonathan Campbell at training.

The former captain left MLS after last season to return to English soccer.

Two apiece in Australia's W-League for Morgan Andrews, Carson Pickett, Darian Jenkins and Rylee Baisden, two for Aron Johannsson in Sweden and one each for Lynden Gooch, Andrija Novakovich, Erik Palmer-Brown, Alex Mendez, Michael Hoyos, Uly Llanez and Shea Connors.

National team players have sued the USSF for gender discrimination, creating a complicated relationship.

Arriola, 25, will undergo reconstruction surgery Monday and need up to nine months of recovery and rehabilitation.

Griffin Yow, Moses Nyeman and Kevin Paredes, combined age 49, could all see playing time this season with United after withdrawing from D.C. area high schools to sign pro contracts.

Most of the 27 local broadcasts will appear on WJLA 24/7 News (formerly NewsChannel 8), which is owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group.

Gressel, who signed a four-year-deal, will most likely start at right wing when the regular season opens Feb. 29.

Review of 2017 and 2018 forms shows a salary gap that is narrowing but remains significant, despite differences in competitive performance.

The winger was hurt in preseason match Saturday in Tampa.

Coach Vlatko Andonovski invited forward Mallory Pugh, defenders Tierna Davidson, Casey Short and Margaret Purce, goalkeeper Jane Campbell and midfielder Jordan DiBiasi.

Arriola, 25, underwent an MRI exam Sunday morning in Florida, a team spokesman said. No one associated with the organization wanted to comment until more information was shared by the medical specialists.

Romain Gall scored for Malmo in a Swedish cup match and five women scored in Australia, including Morgan Andrews, who had two goals.

The team fears its standout winger might have torn his ACL.

The club was punished harshly for violating the governing body's Financial Fair Play spending limits.

"I am just really proud that my dad left a mark on everyone and he is now the president,” the United defender and Maryland grad said of his father Darryll, who this summer will succeed Wallace D. Loh.

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