Saturday morning: What's in the news ...

1. Portland Timbers forward Brian Fernandez's contract with MLS has been terminated. The Argentine missed the Timbers' MLS playoff game against Real Salt Lake -- a 2-1 loss -- after voluntarily entering the MLS Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program for evaluation on Oct. 7. He scored 11 goals in 19 regular-season appearances in 2019 after arriving from Liga MX club Necaxa. He opened with goals in his first five games but did not score in the last six games of the regular season.

2. The Vancouver Whitecaps hired 46-year-old German Axel Schuster as its sporting director. Schuster has held positions in player development at Mainz and Schalke 04. One of Schuster's tasks in the new Vancouver position will be to improve the pipeline from the 'Caps academy system -- which includes a residency program -- to the first team.

3. The USA won the Deaf Pan American Games men's soccer tournament for the first time with a 1-0 win over Argentina in the final on a goal by Michael Schmid. The USA, which also beat Mexico, Chile and Brazil, qualified for the 2020 Deaf World Cup in South Korea.
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