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Around The Forest: Barcelona’s Lionel Messi avoids jail time by paying fine

Christian Pulisic nominated for an Espy, the goal that started it all and lots more!


The 1975 goal that sparked a four-decade rivalry between Portland & Seattle |
Every rivalry needs a seminal moment, and that's where Tony Betts come in. The ex-Portland striker’s golden goal in the 1975 NASL playoffs occupies a prominent place in rivalry lore, both for its competitive significance and as a cornerstone in the foundation of Cascadia's soccer grudge match.

Latest bike lane art is a nod to Portland's love of cycling and soccer -
One of our beloved cycling culture quirks around here is that our transportation bureau adds creative flair to bike lane symbols. It’s been going on since 1999 and the fact that it has survived as an official tradition for this long is a testament to the City of Portland.

#StatMan Three | Diego Valeri moves up the career goalscoring charts for Portland | Portland Timbers
The Portland Timbers lost 3-2 Wednesday night at TCF Bank Stadium to Minnesota United FC. Here are three #StatMan takeaways for #MINvPOR.

Major League Soccer:

Atlanta United's Brad Guzan faced with familiar narrative | FOX Sports
Brad Guzan has been spotted with Atlanta United, training in the back of the net … But let’s pump the brakes and not get ahead of ourselves when it comes to the idea of him starting anytime soon.

SoccerAmerica - MLS Closeup: Galaxy gives 'Made in LA' new meaning 06/22/2017
The LA Galaxy has been known for its big stars, David Beckham, Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane, but it was also the first MLS team to sign a Homegrown player (Tristan Bowen in 2008) and first MLS team to launch a USL second team (Galaxy II in 2014).

San Jose Earthquakes sign Valeri Qazaishvili as designated player - ESPN FC
The San Jose Earthquakes have signed Georgia international midfielder Valeri Qazaishvili to a designated player contract, the MLS club announced.

'Nobody hates us': Major League Soccer's loneliest teams during rivalry week | FourFourTwo
Rivalries. They’re one of Major League Soccer’s dearest concepts, the holy grail of the league’s marketing efforts, a “finish your beverage” signal in most any MLS-based drinking game.

Brothers Jose & Jaime Villarreal join exclusive club in LA Galaxy win |
LA Galaxy midfielders Jose and Jaime Villarreal joined a pretty exclusive club on Wednesday night, becoming just the ninth set of brothers in league history to ever take the field as teammates in an MLS match.

FC Dallas' Mauro Diaz nearing first start since return from Achilles injury |
Slowly but surely, Mauro Diaz is making his presence felt again for FC Dallas. FCD’s best playmaker over the past few years has only played a handful of minutes in MLS this year, coming off the bench in four straight matches dating back to a May 28 scoreless draw against Texas Derby rival Houston.

Red Bulls star Wright-Phillips not hiding his ‘hate’ for NYCFC | New York Post
If there is one thing Bradley Wright-Phillips knows, it’s rivalries. The former Manchester City forward played in the middle of the rivalry with Manchester United for two years.

Soccer star's decision: Graduation ceremony or Red Bulls game vs. NYCFC? | Politi |
Tyler Adams has a decision to make that few 18-year-olds could possibly fathom. He can wake up Saturday morning, put on his cap and gown, and join his classmates for a once-in-a-lifetime experience at his high school graduation.

United States:

Christian Pulisic nominated for ESPY - Stars and Stripes FC
The 2017 ESPY nominations are out, and the Rise of Pulisic continues as Christian Pulisic is in the running for Best Breakthrough Athlete. He’s nominated in the category with four other athletes across various sports:

Dax McCarty has 'fingers crossed' in hopes of playing in Gold Cup | CSN Chicago
Since Bruce Arena took over as national team coach, Dax McCarty has been regularly called in to join the Americans.

Discuss: Are you cool with Jermaine Jones wearing a Mexico jersey? |
This week we're taking a look at a photo that turned some heads: LA Galaxy and US national team midfielder Jermaine Jones sporting Galaxy teammate Giovani Dos Santos' Mexico jersey and holding up a Chicharito jersey as El Tri continue their quest for the Confederations Cup:


Arsenal might need 130m to sign Kylian Mbappe Man United close on Fabinho - ESPN FC
Arsenal stand a realistic chance of signing Kylian Mbappe from Monaco this summer, the Telegraph reports, but with a €130 million to €140 million price tag on his head, Arsene Wenger could turn to Alexandre Lacazette or Thomas Lemar instead.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi to pay fine to avoid 21-month prison sentence for tax fraud - ESPN FC
Prosecutors in Spain say they are happy for Lionel Messi's 21-month prison sentence for tax fraud to be replaced with a fine, a spokeswoman confirmed on Friday. They said they are not opposed to the Barcelona star being fined €400 per day -- a total fine of around €255,500 -- for the duration of the sentence, an option also put forward by the player's defence team.

Watch Alexis Sanchez make Chile national team history with pinpoint finish vs. Germany | FOX Sports
Alexis Sanchez is now alone at the top of the Chilean national team’s all-time leading goal-scorers table. With a sweet finish in the early going against Germany in Thursday’s Confederations Cup, the 28-year-old etched his place in history.

Shanghai SIPG's Oscar given eight match ban for inciting Chinese Super League brawl - ESPN FC
Former Chelsea midfielder Oscar has been given an eight-match ban and a fine by Chinese football authorities after he was judged to have instigated a mass brawl in Shanghai SIPG's draw with Guangzhou R&F on Sunday.

Real Madrid Issue Official Statement Denouncing AS For Publishing False Information About Jose Mourinho’s Signing - Managing Madrid
Real Madrid have released an official statement denouncing AS for their claims that Jose Mourinho signed his contract with the club on March 31st, 2010.

Liverpool complete Mohamed Salah signing from Roma - ESPN FC
Sources close to Liverpool told ESPN FC that the total deal is worth €39 million (£34.3m) and could be a club-record transfer fee, depending on the exchange rate of the British pound against the euro. Liverpool paid £35m to Newcastle for Andy Carroll in January 2011.

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