Portland Timbers are closing in on the announcement of an affiliation with new USL PRO side Sacramento Republic FC according to report.

The Timbers, who finished top of the Western Conference table in 2013, are believed to have struck a partnership with the incoming franchise for the 2014 campaign.

Soccerly.com reported that Sacramento sources said the agreement is '100% a done deal' after negotiations were completed but both clubs and MLS are yet to make an announcement.

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