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New MLS team coming to Portland

    Major League Soccer will award an expansion franchise to Portland on Friday, sources close to the deal said Wednesday.

    Although the league would not confirm an announcement was scheduled, owner Merritt Paulson, the sources said, will be granted a team in the top tier of U.S. professional soccer to begin play in 2011 in a renovated PGE Park.

    Friday’s announcement will come two days after Vancouver, B.C., won a team and one day after Seattle’s team makes its regular-season debut.

    — Excerpt from, March 18, 2009


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