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Around The Forest: FC Dallas’ Jesse Gonzalez has made his one time switch to USMNT

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Quotes and notes from last night’s Thorn’s win, Cristiano Ronaldo heads home to twins from the Confederations Cup and more.

Portland:

Quotes & Notes | Portland Thorns FC 3, FC Kansas City 0 | June 28, 2017 | Portland Timbers
Check out what Mark Parsons had to say after a comfortable win against FCKC.

8 things to do in Portland (besides fireworks) the week of July Fourth | OregonLive.com
With July Fourth coming up next week, people will be putting fireworks on their calendars. But there are six more days to account for in the week ahead, so fill up the rest of them with these eight things to do in and around Portland.

Major League Soccer:

Houston Dynamo's Erick Torres still in mix for Mexico Gold Cup call-up - ESPN FC
Despite not being named to Mexico's 23-man squad for the Gold Cup, Houston Dynamo forward Erick "Cubo" Torres is still in the mix to be considered for a recall in the latter stages of the tournament.

Total of 49 MLS players named to final 23-man rosters for 2017 Gold Cup | MLSsoccer.com
At total of 49 MLS players were officially called up to the final 23-man rosters of the 12 nations participating in the upcoming edition of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Chicago's Nemanja Nikolic on pace to break MLS's long-standing goals record | MLSsoccer.com
If Nemanja Nikolic can keep scoring at this rate, Roy Lassiter's long-standing goals record for a single MLS season will be broken at last.

US service members who are also big MLS fans: Here's how you can help them | MLSsoccer.com
He’s a Sergeant First Class in the United States Army, a 13-year veteran who served one combat deployment as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Landin stood opposite Ashley Cole trying to find the right way to break the ice.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber to visit Nashville to study expansion bid
Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber is set to visit Nashville next week to learn first-hand about Nashville's expansion team bid and to attend the Gold Cup match between the United States Men’s National Team and Panama at Nissan Stadium.

Minnesota United agrees deal to sign Sam Nicholson from Hearts - sources - ESPN FC
Minnesota United FC has agreed to terms on a deal with winger Sam Nicholson that will make him a Loon through 2019, sources have told ESPN FC. Nicholson, 22, leaves Scotland as a free agent after playing four seasons with Heart of Midlothian.

United States:

Haji Wright and Weston McKennie still in Schalke plans - Domenico Tedesco - ESPN FC
New Schalke coach Domenico Tedesco has said U.S. youth internationals Haji Wright and Weston McKennie are part of the club's plans for next season but need to prove themselves.

Hildebrandt's saves cap unreal night in Cincy
Mitch Hildebrandt stood alert on his goal line, waiting. After two saves in the three previous penalty shootout attempts, Hildebrandt stared at Juninho.

US Open Cup - FC Cincinnati and Miami FC upset MLS clubs to advance - ESPN FC
FC Cincinnati continued its fairy-tale run in the U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday with a 3-1 penalty shootout win over the Chicago Fire to reach the quarterfinals.

Jesse Gonzalez switches international allegiance from Mexico to U.S. - ESPN FC
Jesse Gonzalez has committed his international future to the United States after FIFA approved a one-time switch for the FC Dallas goalkeeper, U.S. Soccer confirmed on Thursday.

Why results don't matter for the USMNT at this year's Gold Cup | FourFourTwo
Every tournament has a winner – but that doesn’t mean the primary objective every time for every tournament is “winning it.” Sometimes lifting the trophy gets reduced to a “B list” target.

World:

Mexico looks to give valuable experience to young prospects in Gold Cup - ESPN FC
The Mexico Football Federation released its final Gold Cup roster on Wednesday, and the list is pretty straightforward. It's one that includes El Tri's best young prospects but also the presence of experienced players such as goalkeepers Moises Munoz and Jose de Jesus Corona, plus center-backs Hugo Ayala and Jair Pereira.

Ghana coach questions use of Mexican-American referee after friendly loss to Mexico - ESPN FC
Ghana coach James Kwesi Appiah complained that a Mexican-American referee was assigned to his side's 1-0 friendly defeat to Mexico on Wednesday. He also alleged that referee Baldomero Toledo swore at one of his players during the game.

Portugal vs. Chile - Football Match Report - June 28, 2017 - ESPN
The reigning Copa America champions saw Claudio Bravo save three consecutive penalties as La Roja overcame last summer's Euro champs to book their first-ever final in the competition, where they will face the winner of Thursday's second semifinal between Germany and Mexico.

Cristiano Ronaldo leaves Confederations Cup to meet his new twins - ESPN FC
Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo will not play in Sunday's Confederations Cup third place playoff after leaving the camp after Wednesday's semifinal defeat to Chile to visit his new born twins.

Ghana coach questions use of Mexican-American referee after friendly loss to Mexico - ESPN FC
Ghana coach James Kwesi Appiah complained that a Mexican-American referee was assigned to his side's 1-0 friendly defeat to Mexico on Wednesday. He also alleged that referee Baldomero Toledo swore at one of his players during the game.