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Around The Forest: LAFC targeting Wesley Sneijder as first Designated Player

Will Ferrell wants Chicharito at LAFC, Toronto FC 6 time Canadian Champs and Clint Dempsey, the super sub?


Portland drivers rank among worst in country |
Drivers in Portland, Oregon, rank among the worst in metropolitan cities across the United States, according to a recent study.

Timbers Training | New defender Larrys Mabiala joins the team | Portland Timbers
New Timbers defender Larrys Mabiala arrives in Portland and gives his first impressions of his new club, what his experience in Turkey was like and how he's excited to get to work with Portland.

Major League Soccer:

Will Ferrell begs Chicharito to join LAFC - Angels on Parade
Will Ferrell is probably the most famous owner of Los Angeles Football Club, alongside Magic Johnson. The movie star seems like a good hype man for LAFC, going on all kinds of shows to represent the club, hanging out with the Premier League champions last summer, and using construction equipment when the occasion calls for it.

D.C. United red card rescinded after Philadelphia Union's Haris Mendunjanin admits he wasn't kicked - ESPN FC
Philadelphia midfielder Haris Medunjanin admitted he talked the referee into rescinding a red card shown D.C. United's Luciano Acosta for a foul on the Union player on Saturday night.

Los Angeles FC close to deal for Galatasaray's Wesley Sneijder - sources - ESPN FC
Los Angeles FC, the expansion team due to enter the MLS in 2018, is close to agreeing a two-year deal for Wesley Sneijder to become its first Designated Player, sources have told ESPN FC.

Canadian champions Toronto FC party hard, aim high: "We want the treble" |
Just as they did last year, Toronto FC hoisted the Voyageurs Cup courtesy of a last-minute strike that clinched their second consecutive Canadian Championship, their sixth in ten editions.

Dilly Duka’s side of the story - Massive Report
This began with a tweet that showed players’ winning percentages in training games with the message “#trainingmode Top 3 in win % since the start of ‘17 - 6/26 #intersquads #character #professional.” Before members of the media were allowed into Crew SC’s training, the tweet was deleted.

Source: Rowdies in ‘Top 4’ for MLS Expansion
The Tampa Bay Rowdies are starting to get the feeling that they could very well be an MLS team. And the sentiment is being felt in other parts in the world of MLS. According to a source, the Rowdies are believed to be among the “Top 4” teams being considered for MLS expansion.

Fioranelli: New Earthquakes coach Chris Leitch is right man at right time |
As San Jose Earthquakes general manager Jesse Fioranelli was fielding calls from prospective coaches and their representatives looking to replace Dominic Kinnear, the leading candidate was quietly and unwittingly building his own case inside club headquarters.

United States:

Sean Johnson, Bill Hamid add to rosy USMNT goalkeeping picture in Nashville |
Lipscomb University, the US national team's home base in the run-up to the Gold Cup, sits tucked into the shady, verdant nooks of Nashville’s tony Green Hills neighborhood. But on Tuesday, on the frying metal bleachers of its soccer field, the near-high-noon sun threatened to punish the small non-MLS faction of the team unused to a summer schedule.

Armchair Analyst: Dempsey the super-sub, USOC slate & more in the TwitBag |
Welcome back to the TwitBag, which is my chance to answer some of the better questions I get on Twitter with more than 140 characters. Thanks for reading, and let's jump right in:

Soccer’s ugly sexism is keeping women from coaching the beautiful game -
Qualified women are ready to coach soccer — but they're being shut out.

Club America's American-based support is diehard - FMF State Of Mind
Most Mexican clubs travel to the United States during the offseasons between torneos to play friendlies, either against one another or against local Major League Soccer or lower division opponents.


Kylian Mbappe has time to go to a big club - Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim - ESPN FC
Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim has told Kylian Mbappe he should stay with the French champions to continue his development. Mbappe's prodigious rise over the last year has led to speculation he could become the world's most expensive player this summer.

Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois' agent reveals Real Madrid meetings - ESPN FC
Thibaut Courtois' agent has said he has held regular meetings with Real Madrid directors at which they "evaluate" the Chelsea goalkeeper's situation. Madrid are reported to be keen to add a goalkeeper in the summer and Courtois, along with Manchester United's David De Gea and AC Milan's Gianluigi Donnarumma, has been linked with a move to the Bernabeu.

Fox to broadcast UEFA Champions League games on Facebook in 2017-18 season
On Tuesday, Fox announced a partnership with Facebook to broadcast a slate of Champions League games on the behemoth social networking platform during the 2017-18 season, free of charge. Games will be carried in English and Spanish through the Fox Sports and Fox Deportes pages, respectively

Transfer news: Friday is Deulofeu D-Day for Barcelona as pursuit of Everton winger heats up -
Deulofeu, who is currently away with Spain's Under-21 side at the European Championship in Poland, spent last season on loan at AC Milan and is now in the middle of a three-way transfer scramble for his services.

Media Microscope: NBC moves 130 Premier League matches to new subscription service -
The network is set to announce a new service available for $49.99, which will include 130 matches and plenty of additional programming