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Portland

Your complete guide to the 2017 Portland Rose Festival | OregonLive.com
It’s that time of year again.

The 110th annual Portland Rose Festival starts May 26, bringing with it more than two weeks of crosstown parades, fireworks, live music, races, parties and more across the city.

Portland Timbers prepare to face Seattle Sounders without Diego Chara | OregonLive.com
Very few players have more experience participating in the Portland-Seattle rivalry than Diego Chara. The Colombian midfielder has started in 17 of the 21 games between the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders across all competitions since Portland entered MLS in 2011.

Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders is more than just a soccer rivalry | MLSsoccer.com
Many argue it’s the best soccer rivalry in MLS today: Timbers vs. Sounders. By now you know it’s decades old, dating back to the 1970s and their matchups in the first iteration of the North American Soccer League.

MLS

MLS suspends Kyle Beckerman and two others for violent conduct - ESPN FC
Real Salt Lake's Kyle Beckerman was among three players suspended for one game and fined by MLS on Thursday after violent conduct in last weekend's games.

NYCFC could yet challenge for East supremacy once in-flux midfield settles - ESPN FC
New York City FC is still finding itself, and that should serve as a warning to every other contender of note in Major League Soccer's Eastern Conference.

Javier Hernandez salary demands too high for MLS club LAFC - sources - ESPN FC
Talks to bring Bayer Leverkusen and Mexico international forward Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez to Major League Soccer expansion side Los Angeles FC have cooled due in large part to salary demands, multiple league sources have told ESPN FC.

NYCFC's Vieira calls comments by Orlando's Kreis a "personal attack" | MLSsoccer.com
“I’m not going to accept the personal attack because I believe the way that he talks I think it was a little bit of anger and a personal attack,” Vieira said following training on Thursday. “This is something I will not accept.”

Chicago Fire 2, FC Dallas 1 | 2017 MLS Match Recap | MLSsoccer.com
If you tuned in a bit late, you missed a lot of action on Thursday night, as the Chicago Fire beat FC Dallas 2-1 at Toyota Park to win the Brimstone Cup.

How would these classic album covers look, re-done for MLS teams? | MLSsoccer.com
This weekend brings the first-ever MLS Summer Beat concert series in three cities, ahead of three big matchups this weekend.

United States

Armchair Analyst: Predicting the USMNT squad for World Cup qualifying | MLSsoccer.com
The next round of World Cup qualifiers is almost upon us. The US will host Trinidad & Tobago in Denver on June 8 (8 pm ET; FS1, UniMás, UDN), then head down to Mexico City to play El Tri at the Azteca on June 11 (8:30 pm ET; FS1, Univision, UDN).

World

Transfer Talk: Paris Saint-Germain's Verratti couldn't refuse Barcelona offer - ESPN FC
Mundo Deportivo writes that although Marco Verratti is happy at Paris Saint-Germain and is willing to stay in France, the offer to join Barcelona this summer would prove too much for him to resist.

Paris Saint-Germain to appoint Antero Henrique as sporting director - source - ESPN FC
Antero Henrique will be named as Paris Saint-Germain's new sporting director after the Coupe de France final against Angers on Saturday, a source close to the capital club has told ESPN FC.

Xavi believes Toni Kroos could control Real Madrid midfield over long haul - ESPN FC
"I think that Kroos is the engine of Real Madrid. He has a way of playing that reminds me a lot of myself. He is like my successor on the field."

Steven Gerrard: I could've won trophies at Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp - ESPN FC
Steven Gerrard says Liverpool would have won more trophies during his playing days had Jurgen Klopp been the manager. Gerrard, who never won the Premier League title during his long tenure with Liverpool, suited up for Wednesday's friendly against Sydney FC, and he came away with high praise after playing under Klopp for the first time.

Barcelona Luis Suarez to miss 15 days with injured hamstring - ESPN FC
Barcelona have confirmed that Luis Suarez will be unavailable for around 15 days after injuring his hamstring in training on Thursday. The Uruguay international will miss his country's friendly games against Republic of Ireland and Italy on June 4 and 7, his federation confirmed.

Zinedine Zidane wants Chelsea transfer target Álvaro Morata to stay at Real Madrid - We Ain't Got No History
The French legend turned Real Madrid coach wants the Spanish striker to stay at Santiago Bernabéu

Sports Burst - Operation Griezmann Is Go - beIN SPORTS
Paul Pogba talks up Antoine Griezmann after Wednesday's win, Cristiano Ronaldo gets entangled with the Spanish taxman, and rumors are linking Alvaro Morata with AC Milan.