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Power rankings are out, several Timbers make the MLS team of the week and more!

Portland:

From the Stands | Tony Lusk combines 20,000 LEGO bricks to recreate massive Portland Timbers crest | Portland Timbers
It stands five-and-a-half feet tall by five-and-a-half feet wide. It's traveled nearly 1,300 miles from Lakewood, Colo. to Providence Park. And it's made entirely out of LEGO bricks – nearly 20,000 of them. This Portland Timbers logo, a monument to the team, is the brainchild of Tony Lusk, a Timbers fan from the moment he began attending matches with his father and brother at the old Civic Stadium in early 1980s and a huge LEGO enthusiast.

2017 Team of the Week (Wk 15): Portland Timbers impress in shutout win | MLSsoccer.com
Fanendo Adi provided two goals for the Portland Timbers in a win over the weekend, and his strong Week 15 performance earned him a place in the MLS Team of the Week.

MLS:

MLS Power Rankings, Week 15: See the updated rankings after a light week | MLSsoccer.com
Only MLS league games will be reflected in the rankings. Rankings are voted on by MLSsoccer.com editorial staff and remarks were written by the editorial staff.

MLS and USL: A 21st Century Odd Couple - RSL Soapbox
How has the partnership between MLS and USL fared and evolved over the past four years?

Sunday Q&A: United coach Adrian Heath sees progress - StarTribune.com
Minnesota United manager Adrian Heath is presiding over his second Major League Soccer expansion team in three seasons, having also done so with Orlando City in 2015. He chatted recently about the season to date with the Star Tribune’s Michael Rand:

Former San Jose Earthquakes target Darwin Quintero's on the market again | MLSsoccer.com
Quintero was one of the players that was not selected during last week's Liga MX Draft over in Mexico, and is on the market as a result. A possible resolution for the the 29-year-old Colombian attacker, who had been playing for Club America since 2015, could be to make the move north to MLS. Quintero had been linked with the San Jose Earthquakes earlier this year, but nothing concrete ever came of the reported interest.

Which teams have been the best in set piece situations so far? | MLSsoccer.com
Set pieces are an extremely important part of any team's game plan heading into a match. They can change the course of a match in a matter of seconds, and if your team is prepared, they can be the basis of a teams success throughout a match or season.

Bastian Schweinsteiger enjoying Chicago Fire - ESPN FC
Bastian Schweinsteiger says he is enjoying life at Chicago Fire and has no regrets about his stay at Manchester United, while he has ruled out ending his career in Germany.

United States:

Bruce Arena explains his tactical approach at Azteca - Stars and Stripes FC
If there’s a couple things we know about Bruce Arena it’s his practicality and pragmatism. Both were display Sunday night as the Americans went into hostile territory and grabbed a point at 7,382 feet. When it was announced, by Arena no less, that there would be at the least 7 changes in the match against Mexico people started to get a bit nervous. Call us gun shy from the Klinsmann era.

Armchair Analyst: Three takeaways & two big questions for USMNT | MLSsoccer.com
As has been written about here, there and everywhere, the USMNT got the job done in their latest batch of World Cup qualifiers. A win at home against Trinidad & Tobago followed by a convincing road draw at Mexico is about the best that could've realistically been asked for, and Bruce Arena's men delivered

Dynamo's DaMarcus Beasley sets U.S. national team record - Houston Chronicle
Beasley, 35, is the starting left back for the U.S. national team's World Cup Qualifying game against Mexico, making him the first player in team history to appear in a World Cup Qualifier during five cycl

Taylor Twellman says DaMarcus Beasley not at fault for Mexico's equalizer | MLSsoccer.com
The US national team put up a valiant effort in picking up a draw vs. Mexico at Estadio Azteca, but they might have been able to grab all three points had it not been for a breakdown in the 23rd minute.

Will Parchman: Why Michael Bradley is back to his best for US national team | MLSsoccer.com
It’s safe to assume Michael Bradley may never connect any sweeter than he did on a cool, overcast night in Mexico City on Sunday. It’s difficult to fathom, as you watch the goal clip for the 20th and 21st time today, that the circumstances even came together to allow Bradley to score on a flat 50-yard chip that fell into the netting over helpless Mexico goalkeeper Memo Ochoa.

World:

Official: Hector Moreno to AS Roma - FMF State Of Mind
Usually, transfer rumors drag on for months before an actual move is made. However, sometimes clubs will surprise us and make a move for a player without showing their hand. Mexican fans woke up today to see that Hector Moreno is officially a player of AS Roma.

Cristiano Ronaldo accused of €14 million tax fraud - Managing Madrid
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has been accused of knowingly using a business structure to hide his income in image rights worth a total of €14.7 million. Spain's prosecutor's office described his failure to pay the correct tax as "conscious and willing."

BREAKING NEWS: AC Milan bring in Andre Silva from Porto | FourFourTwo
AC Milan have completed the signing of Andre Silva from Porto for a reported transfer fee of €38 million. The Serie A giants were keen to sign a new striker and turned their sights to the Portuguese after refusing to match Torino's €100m valuation of Italy international Andrea Belotti.

Barcelona transfer rumors: Marco Verratti asks to leave PSG with Blaugrana circling - SBNation.com
We've reached the part of the summer where transfer rumors have completely taken over and done away with the real news. One of the biggest ones yet came out on Monday, with Marco Verratti reportedly telling PSG he'd like to leave the club.

FIFA removes Qatari match officials due to diplomatic crisis
FIFA has waded into the escalating Gulf diplomatic crisis by removing a Qatari referee from a 2018 World Cup qualifier following a request from the United Arab Emirates. The decision was taken due to the “geopolitical situation” in the region, FIFA told The Associated Press on Sunday, hours after its president, Gianni Infantino, was quoting as saying soccer’s governing body should not “interfere in geopolitics.”

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