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Hungry? Portland has the best burger in America |
Rejoice, Portland. When it comes to delectable burgers, the Rose City is No. 1. At least that's what Kevin Alexander, the national food critic at Thrillist, thinks.

7 things to do in Portland in the sunny week ahead |
Well, doesn't that sunshine feel nice after a particularly nasty winter? Kind of makes you want to get out and do something, doesn't it? Perhaps one of these seven things to do in Portland this week will fit the bill.

USL MATCH RECAP | OKC Energy FC: 2, Portland Timbers 2: 1 | Portland Timbers
Playing the first of two matches on the road in four days, T2 fell 2-1 to OKC Energy FC at Taft Stadium on Wednesday night.

After Energy FC (3-4-1, 10pts) took a 1-0 lead in the 55th minute from midfielder Daniel Gonzalez’s effort from close range, T2 (1-8-1, 4pts) equalized moments later following midfielder Victor Arboleda’s second goal of the 2017 USL season.

Portland Thorns looking to 'dominate' in the attack at home against Boston Breakers |
The Portland Thorns used a dominant team attacking effort to fight back and earn a 2-2 draw at Boston last week. Now, Portland is looking for a breakout attacking performance at home in a rematch with the Breakers Saturday.


LA Galaxy fault Minnesota United's 'worst field' for injuries on artificial turf - ESPN FC
The LA Galaxy blamed the artificial turf at Minnesota United after multiple players were injured during their game at TFC Bank Stadium on Sunday.

What happens when Josef Martinez returns from injury? - Dirty South Soccer
Holy crap, we still have one of the best strikers in MLS that’s going to return to the team soon

How MLS youth development is shaping the future of soccer in North America |
As part of's on-going coverage of youth development in North America, we take a journey to Frisco, Texas for the Generation adidas Cup to get a brief glimpse of the growth of MLS initiatives, and what the future holds.

Sapong leads US scorers in MLS while Brooks struggles continue in Berlin - ESPN FC
United States national team head coach Bruce Arena will soon announce his squad for next month's World Cup qualifiers. Here's a list of who did and did not impress the big boss in the past week.

Billy Heavner life in limbo in Major League Soccer as a pool goalkeeper - ESPN FC
Billy Heavner is in goalkeeper limbo. The Landisville, Pennsylvania, native is officially an MLS player and has a contract with the league to prove it. Every week he trains with Sporting Kansas City and benefits from most of the professional accoutrements that entails.

David Beckham among first-time nominees for National Soccer Hall of Fame |
U.S. Soccer announced the ballot for the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2017 on Wednesday, as 33 former players have been nominated for selection to the lifetime career honor.

Among the first-time nominees this year is former LA Galaxy midfielder David Beckham, eligible as he played at least five seasons in the top flight in the US and was an MLS Best XI selection in 2011. Also on the ballot for the first time is longtime goalkeeper Kevin Hartman, current Colorado Rapids coach Pablo Mastroeni, Houston Dynamo striker Brian Ching, goalkeeper Joe Cannon and defender Danny Califf, among others.

MLS referee uses vanishing spray to fend off players during penalty appeal - ESPN FC
Policing a crowded penalty area can be a difficult undertaking at the best of times.

However, MLS referee Chris Penso devised a quick and clever way to afford himself some breathing space during LA Galaxy's trip to Minnesota United on Sunday.

Logically, Cyle Larin should break the MLS outbound transfer record | The 91st Minute | Soccer Blog | Videos | Pop-Culture
It’s been nine years since Jozy Altidore packed all the hype American soccer could muster into a cluster of designer bags and moved from New York to Spain’s Mediterranean coast. In the time it’s taken the Earth to travel 4.6 billion miles since, no MLS player has ever come close to matching Altidore’s transfer market valuation.

LaLiga and Major League Soccer strengthen ties and step up collaboration | News | Liga de Fútbol Profesional 2017
LaLiga and Major League Soccer (MLS) are establishing closer ties and stepping up their collaboration. In recent weeks, academy directors, coaches and officials from several franchises in the highest tier of the United States' soccer pyramid have visited LaLiga's facilities and exchanged knowledge with the leading Spanish experts on educational methodologies for the training of players and coaches alike.


Man United's Jose Mourinho: 'Probably my most difficult season as manager' - ESPN FC
Jose Mourinho has labelled Manchester United's Europa League triumph as "the most important trophy" of his career, while adding he was happy to call time on a season that was perhaps his most difficult as a manager.

7 takeaways as Manchester United win the Europa League to book a spot in the Champions League | FOX Sports
Manchester United are the champions of the Europa League. That may seem bizarre to say, because they're Manchester United and this is a second-tier competition, but the Red Devils toppled Ajax, 2-0, in the final. And with that win comes a spot in next season's Champions League. It was a huge day in Sweden.

John Terry 'couldn't care less' over Chelsea send-off scrutiny - ESPN FC
John Terry has said that he "couldn't care less" about the controversy surrounding his Stamford Bridge send-off from Chelsea in the 5-1 victory over Sunderland.

Man City striker Gabriel Jesus thought adapting 'would be harder' - ESPN FC
Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus says he's surprised at how quickly he's adapted to life in the Premier League.

Antoine Griezmann on Atletico Madrid future I'm ready to go - ESPN FC
Antoine Griezmann has cast further doubt over his future at Atletico Madrid by telling L'Equipe he is "ready to go" in order to win trophies. Griezmann, 26, said on Monday there was a "six out of 10" chance of him joining Manchester United this summer.

United States

Report: Werder Bremen to sign U.S. youth international Josh Sargent - Stars and Stripes FC
So far, 2017 is turning into the year of Josh Sargent. The St. Louis native starred for the U.S. U-17 team at the CONCACAF Championship and was the recipient of a surprising call-up to the U-20 World Cup where he’s scored a brace in the opening match so far. If reports are to be believed, the 17-year-old striker will be Bundesliga-bound when FIFA rules allow him to sign a pro contract abroad

USMNT Roster Prediction: June World Cup Qualifiers - Stars and Stripes FC
March Qualifiers were full of question marks for the USMNT. How was Bruce Arena going to line his team up? Who would he pick? And was the team good enough to expect results against normally stingy teams in Honduras and Panama?

USA vs. Senegal, U20 World Cup 2017: Final score 1-0, Josh Sargent strikes again in win - Stars and Stripes FC
The United States under-20 men’s national team earned their first win at the World Cup on Thursday. A lone Josh Sargent first half goal was enough to see off Senegal, 1-0. With the victory, the U.S. shoot to the top of their group’s standings heading into the final match against Saudi Arabia on Sunday.

Report: Bobby Wood set to sign new deal with Hamburg SV - Stars and Stripes FC
Good news for 24 year-old striker Bobby Wood! He’s set to sign a new deal with Hamburger SV. There had been rumors that he was entertaining offers from West Ham to Leicester City. All of this is being reported by Hamburger Morgenpost. His team survived and did not get relegated, as they finished in 14th place.

Here's what you need to know about Union and U.S. national team rising star Derrick Jones
Derrick Jones is now among the headline-grabbers on the under-20 World Cup team. - Jonathan Tannenwald, Philadelphia

Soccer On TV


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LigaMX Final

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