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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Orlando City's Justin Meram: Some markets are 'holding back MLS'

Orlando City forward Justin Meram says "certain markets" are "holding back MLS," while in central Florida the local team is more popular than the NBA's Orlando Magic.

Meram joined Orlando in January in a trade he requested after seven seasons with Columbus Crew SC, which is exploring a potential move to Austin, Texas, after its owner said the club was "unsustainable" in its current site.

But MLS has also found great success in new markets, after expanding to Orlando in 2015 and Atlanta and Minnesota...

Orlando City move provides Justin Meram with new challenge, change of scenery

Get a glimpse at what Justin Meram brings to Orlando City after the Lions acquired the forward in a trade with Columbus Crew SC.
With several MLS stars set to line up for new clubs in 2018, check out some of the most notable trades of the offseason.

A soccer player's career can be a bit like Newtonian physics. A player finds himself on a certain trajectory, be it positive or negative, and it takes an outside force to alter that path.

So it went for Justin Meram. In 2017, he enjoyed a career season, with 13 goals and seven assists, as the Columbus Crew reached the Eastern Conference finals. Meram had spent seven seasons in Columbus, a period in which he had grown into one of the league's better attacking players. He was feeling restless, desiring...

Orlando City lands Justin Meram in trade with Columbus Crew SC

Get a glimpse at what Justin Meram brings to Orlando City after the Lions acquired the forward in a trade with Columbus Crew SC.
Goal! Columbus Crew SC 2-1 Toronto FC. Justin Meram (Columbus Crew SC) scores in the bottom corner of the net.

Orlando City has acquired midfielder Justin Meram in a trade with Columbus Crew SC, the MLS clubs confirmed on Monday.

Meram joins Orlando in exchange for $1.05 million in allocation money plus an international roster spot. The money breakdown consists of $750,000 in targeted allocation money (TAM) and $300,000 in general allocation money (GAM).

The deal is the second major trade for Orlando this offseason, as manager Jason Kreis looks to rebuild his roster and get the Lions to the postseason for...

Sources: Portland not in race for Columbus' Justin Meram

Columbus Crew SC forward Federico Higuain, says a team leaving their home city would be unthinkable in his native Argentina.
MLS Commissioner Don Garber sits down with Taylor Twellman for a comprehensive conversation about the future of MLS.

The Portland Timbers are out of the running for Columbus Crew SC midfielder Justin Meram, multiple sources have told ESPN FC.

Meram, 29, made an offseason trade request from the Crew, and the Timbers were among the clubs that had shown interest, according to MLSSoccer.com.

That interest has cooled to the point that the Timbers are now looking elsewhere. Sources also stated that FC Dallas as well as two unknown Eastern Conference teams have also made bids, but Dallas' offer was rebuffed. The Crew...

Portland Timbers targeting Justin Meram from Columbus - sources

Major League Soccer: Justin Meram (90') Columbus Crew SC 2-0 LA Galaxy
Ahead of Columbus' clash with Philly, coach Gregg Berhalter shares his confusion for why Justin Meram isn't an MLS all-star.
Justin Meram stresses the importance of Columbus starting the second half of the season by picking up crucial home wins.

The Portland Timbers are in pursuit of Columbus Crew midfielder Justin Meram, multiple sources confirmed to ESPN FC.

MLSSoccer.com was the first to report the Timbers' interest in Meram, which has been percolating ever since Portland traded Darlington Nagbe to Atlanta United back in December for $1.05 million in allocation money with another $600,000 possibly heading to the Timbers if certain incentives are reached.

The possible addition of Meram would create something of a logjam in attack for Portland....

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Who scored the goal of Week 30 in MLS? Vote now!

Kaka, Matteo Mancosu, Erik Hurtado, Lee Nguyen or Justin Meram: Who scored the MLS Goal of the Week?

Watch the highlights for all of the entries, then vote! The poll is open until Thursday.

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