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TA’s tifo game is strong, Gold Cup roster announced and more!

Portland:

Timbers Army goes retro with gorgeous tifo for rivalry clash with Seattle | MLSsoccer.com
Paying rich tribute to their club's storied history from their 1970s roots to the MLS Cup triumph of 2015, the TA unfurled a colorful multi-part tifo shortly before kickoff that proclaimed, "Green and Gold never gets old."

Cascadia Cup: 2017 schedule, standings and all-time winners list | MLSsoccer.com
A point apiece at Providence Park keeps the Rose City and Puget Sound deadlocked at 4 points from three Cascadia games and a goal differential of 0. Meanwhile the Vancouver Whitecaps drop into last place in the cup standings at 3 points, simply by virtue of having one fewer game than their two couterparts in the rivalry series.

Major League Soccer:

San Jose part ways with Dominic Kinnear, name Chris Leitch head coach | MLSsoccer.com
The San Jose Earthquakes parted ways with head coach Dominic Kinnear and assistant coach John Spencer on Sunday, just hours after they beat Real Salt Lake 2-1 at Avaya Stadium on Saturday night to move into fifth-place in the Western Conference.

MLS expansion: Will four viable bids even emerge on road to 28? | SI.com
For as long as there’s pro soccer in the nation’s capital, Jason Levien’s machete will be part of Washington sports lore. The blade was metaphorical at first. When he and partner Erick Thohir purchased the MLS club in 2012, Levien said he saw a “pathway” to the long-awaited, almost mythical stadium D.C. United hoped to build.

ESPN2 to broadcast Chicago Fire-FC Cincinnati US Open Cup match | MLSsoccer.com
There will be a few extra eyeballs on the Chicago Fire’s US Open Cup round-of-16 contest at MLS hopefuls FC Cincinnati next Wednesday.

French national team star Antoine Griezmann takes in LA Galaxy match | MLSsoccer.com
A few notable figures forting world took in MLS matches this weekend, with a French national team star, an up-and-coming NBA player and the No. 1 pick in Friday’s NHL match in the stands for MLS matches over the past couple of days.

Reds have their eyes on MLS prizes | Toronto Star
Toronto FC officially hit the halfway mark of the regular season on Friday night, with a gutsy 2-0 win over the New England Revolution, one of only two teams to beat the Reds this year.

Backheel goals, bikes, and nutmegs | Best Skills of Week 17 | MLSsoccer.com
From Ike on his bike to Diego Valeri's nasty nutmeg, check out all the best skills from Week 17.

United States:

USMNT 23-man Gold Cup roster announced - Stars and Stripes FC
The United States today revealed the 23 players who will make up the USMNT roster that will compete next month in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The official announcement came live during the Confederations Cup postgame show on Fox. Camp opens up for the USMNT this week in Nashville.

Armchair Analyst: USMNT Gold Cup roster blends the old with the new | MLSsoccer.com
One of the toughest jobs on the plate of any coach is synthesizing the older, established players in his or her team with the up-and-comers or late-bloomers or even the flavor-of-the-months. There are delicate personal and interpersonal issues to balance here, and egos to soothe there.

USMNT's DeAndre Yedlin Invests In Strength Training App
You could say DeAndre Yedlin is proud to be from Seattle. Yedlin, a defender for the U.S. men’s national soccer team, recently invested in Seattle-based Volt Athletics, a platform for professional-level strength and conditioning

USA back at #1 in FIFA rankings - Stars and Stripes FC
When the 2017 March FIFA women’s rankings came out, the United States were finally knocked out of the #1 position by Germany, a switch that we’ve made before in 2015. The dance continues as the updated rankings flip the United States back to #1, with some minor shifts throughout the rest of the top 10.

World:

Leon Goretzka Andre Silva and Alexis Sanchez among Confed Cup stars - ESPN FC
With the group stages of the Confederations Cup done and dusted, Nick Miller takes a look at the five players who have stood out so far in the tournament.

Santiago Garcia joins Toluca on free transfer from Werder Bremen - ESPN FC
Left-back Santiago Garcia has joined Liga MX club Toluca on a free transfer from Bundesliga side Werder Bremen.

Manchester United near deal for Nemanja Matic of Chelsea - sources - ESPN FC
Manchester United are closing in on a deal for Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic and could sign the Serbia international before the end of the week, sources have told ESPN FC.

Mexico's Javier Hernandez trains separately ahead of Confed Cup semifinals - ESPN FC
Mexico star Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez trained separately from his teammates on Monday because of muscle fatigue, the latest concern for a Mexican team that has been struck by injuries at the Confederations Cup.