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Portland

Fleet Week is coming back to Portland: 7 things you need to know | OregonLive.com
Fleet Week is returning for 2017 - either an exciting event or mild annoyance, depending on your point of view - bringing big ships, bridge lifts and sailors in their dress whites to downtown Portland from June 7 to 12.

Amandine Henry scores her first goal for the Portland Thorns in their 2-0 win against the Boston Breakers | OregonLive.com
Amandine Henry scored her first goal for the Portland Thorns on their way to a 2-0 win against the Boston Breakers at Providence Park on Saturday.

Three Portland Thorns named to U.S. Women's National Team for upcoming friendlies | OregonLive.com
Three Portland Thorns players have been called up to the U.S. Women's National Team for upcoming friendlies against Sweden on June 8 and Norway on June 11.

Cascadia Cup: 2017 schedule, standings and all-time winners list | MLSsoccer.com
We're through two rounds of the Cascadia Cup, and all three Pacific Northwest rivals are knotted with three points each.

MLS

Does MLS have a Texas problem? | Football | The Guardian
Whoever coined the phrase “demographics are not destiny” could have been referring to Major League Soccer in Texas just as easily as talking about politics.?

Le Toux still ‘disappointed’ over Union exit | SBI Soccer
Sebastien Le Toux still feels the sting of his departure from the Philadelphia Union ahead of this weekend's match against his former club.

After big game vs. SKC, Rapids talk up "special" rookie Kortne Ford | MLSsoccer.com
Saturday night’s 1-0 win over visiting Sporting Kansas City marked a welcome return home for both the Colorado Rapids and their Homegrown rookie defender Kortne Ford.

Behind Ford’s first MLS goal in the 11th minute, Colorado earned its second home win in a row following back-to-back road defeats last week.

Gyasi Zardes still finding his footing with LA Galaxy on return from injury | MLSsoccer.com
The 2017 MLS season is one-third completed, but for Gyasi Zardes, it might as well just be getting started. Zardes has gone 607 game minutes without a goal for the LA Galaxy, a span of nearly nine months. But there’s been little consistency over that period, with Zardes suffering an injury to end last season and begin this one – as well as bouncing around from winger to striker with a handful of different strike partners.

Christina Unkel and Felisha Mariscal – pregnancy and parenthood under PRO
Christina Unkel and Felisha Mariscal are two of the most experienced female officials within PRO and on the North American soccer circuit, but their names haven't been a regular fixture on the list of assignments in recent times.

United States

As he leaves for USMNT duty, Bradley thinks TFC is in good hands | SBI Soccer
With U.S. Men's National Team duty looming, Toronto FC will be missing their big names next week. However, Michael Bradley believes TFC has the capability to keep up this unbeaten run without them.

U.S. Soccer to wear rainbow jersey numbers in upcoming USMNT, USWNT friendlies - Stars and Stripes FC
When the United States takes the field in June, they will do so with a unique look. To celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month, U.S. Soccer is partnering with the You Can Play Project to roll out several initiatives centered around promoting equality and inclusion for all athletes, coaches and fans.

Pulisic draws game-winning penalty to lead Dortmund to DFB-Pokal victory | SBI Soccer
Christian Pulisic drew the decisive penalty to lead Borussia Dortmund past Eintracht Frankfurt in Saturday's DFB-Pokal final.

Reports: John Brooks set for record transfer to Wolfsburg - Stars and Stripes FC
If a report out of Germany is to be believed, John Brooks is set to become the most expensive U.S. international the world has ever seen. Famous outlet Bild is reporting that the German-American is on the move from Hertha Berlin to Wolfsburg for a transfer fee of €17 million. Other reports out of Berlin seem to back up the claim.

USMNT Roster Reaction: Arena sticks to his guns for June Qualifiers - Stars and Stripes FC
A couple of new additions and surprising holdovers from past rosters, but the script stays much the same for Bruce Arena.

World

Chivas secure historic 12th league title with victory over Tigres - FMF State Of Mind
Chivas Guadalajara won their first league title in more than 10 years by beating Tigres 2-0 in the second leg of the 2017 Liga MX Clausura Final.

Report: Perry Kitchen is leaving Hearts - Stars and Stripes FC
It’s been a interesting season for Perry Kitchen at Hearts.

He went from team captain to a player that fell out of favor with the current manager who was hired in December. According to Edinburgh Evening News he was stripped of his captaincy when new signing Christophe Berra arrived, though apparently Kitchen knew this was going to happen.

Toronto FC vs. Ottawa Fury | 2017 Canadian Championship Match Preview | MLSsoccer.com
The United Soccer League's Ottawa Fury hold a 2-1 advantage in the two-match Battle of Ontario semifinal series, heading into Wednesday night's second leg at BMO Field. It's not an insurmountable advantage, though. Even a 1-0 home victory would do the trick, thanks to the away-goals tiebreaker. Concede even once, though, and the Reds could be in for a rough night.

Arsene Wenger's Arsenal future will become clear by Wednesday or Thursday - BBC Sport
The Frenchman became the first manager to win the FA Cup seven times as his side beat league champions Chelsea 2-1. The 67-year-old's contract expires this summer, and there has been much speculation about whether he will stay.