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United States down T&T, LA Galaxy to invest $1million in Girls’ academy and Patrick Vieira to Ligue 1?

Portland:

Arena's belief in Nagbe pays off with strong shift in US national team win | MLSsoccer.com
Thursday night’s 2-0 win for the US national team over Trinidad & Tobago in World Cup qualifying was a marquee moment for young American star Christian Pulisic, but it also marked a resurgent performance for Darlington Nagbe.

MLS:

LA Galaxy to invest $1 million into Girls’ Academy - LAG Confidential
In anticipation of the LA Galaxy Girls’ Academy launch this fall, the organization have invested a tidy sum into renovating the training pitch, with plans to install Astroturf’s state-of-the-art DT32 system and replace the controversial crumb rubber surface with organic ZeoFill.

Minnesota United Targets Ecuadorian Playmaker Miller Bolaños – FiftyFive.One
FiftyFive.One has learned that Minnesota United is actively pursuing Miller Bolaños, the Ecuadorian playmaker for Brazilian club Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense. No official offer has been made for the player who is out of contract at the beginning of 2018. The Loons may find competition for the No. 10 as Swansea City have also put Bolaños in its sights.

Orlando's Joe Bendik wins MLS Save of the Week for Week 14 | MLSsoccer.com
Orlando City goalkeeper Joe Bendik, a regular Save of the Week winner in 2016, smoked the field to win the Week 14 honor, with his incredible stop in the Lions’ 2-0 win against D.C. United on May 31 taking home a whopping 86 percent of the vote.

View from Couch: The 5 Mexico national team players we want to see in MLS | MLSsoccer.com
So you might be ready to live with no regrets and go see about a game this weekend. As a matter of fact, we recommend it – Estadio Azteca – where the Red, White & Blue will challenge Mexico on Sunday (8:30 pm ET | FS1, Univision, UDN) – is a "bucket list" venue for the Americas.

St Etienne make New York City's Patrick Vieira their primary target - report - ESPN FC
The vacant coaching position at St Etienne is Patrick Vieira's to turn down, according to L'Equipe, as the New York City FC boss' future remains unclear. Vieira appeared to dismiss speculation earlier this week that he could take a first coaching role in his native France when he stated he had "set out on a long-term project with New York City."

Julian Gressel playing assist-happy role for Atlanta United
Finding teammates’ feet is something that has always come natural to Julian Gressel. “When I see an open teammate, I just give it to him,” Gressel said. “He can score all day. That’s just who I am.”

United States:

Recap: US Men's National Team vs. Trinidad and Tobago 06/09/2017 | Matchcenter
The US national team stared down a must-win situation on Thursday in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, and came through the test, defeating Trinidad & Tobago 2-0 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

US national team praise confident star Christian Pulisic: "He's a natural" | MLSsoccer.com
If Christian Pulisic is indeed graduating quickly from an 18-year-old phenom to a full-fledged American soccer legend, what he promised after the US national team’s 2-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago on Thursday evening may be as much a part of the lore as what he did during it.

A brief history of the USMNT versus Mexico - Stars and Stripes FC
It all started well enough. In the spring of 1934 the U.S. men traveled by boat to Rome with dreams of playing in the 1934 World Cup. The team that stood in their way was Mexico. The two teams were about to meet for the first time after what must have been a grueling trip.

US ready to face the Azteca: "These are the games that you remember" | MLSsoccer.com
Mexico play their home games at Estadio Azteca, the vaunted, imposing venue that's long spelled doom for many a CONCACAF foe. Located in the neighborhood of Santa Úrsula in Mexico City, Azteca is more a stronghold than a stadium because of its brawny architecture and size, big enough to hold more than 100,000 fans.

Current Events might affect the Qatari World Cup - Stars and Stripes FC
In a dramatic move, a number of Arab nations have denounced and ceased relations with Qatar. Will this affect the 2022 World Cup set to be hosted by the nation? It’s complicated.

Everyone Thinks It Was a Good Idea for Yedlin to Join Newcastle - Coming Home Newcastle
Last Summer many Newcastle fans rejoiced when it was announced that we had signed DeAndre Yedlin, the pacey young American Right Back who had spent the past year on loan at Sunderland. Fast forward a year later, and Yedlin is coming off an amazing Championship campaign, one so brilliant that the Premier League website commented on it.

USA 1, Sweden 0: Lavelle scores winner for USWNT (VIDEO) | SI.com
The last time the U.S. women's national team faced Sweden, it wound up with its earliest exit from a major tournament ever and the beginning of the end for Hope Solo's national team career. So it's safe to say Jill Ellis's side enjoyed the more favorable result it secured in the rematch.

World:

Grading Ederson's transfer to Manchester City from Benfica | FOX Sports
Manchester City announced they've agreed to terms with Benfica for the services of their up-and-coming goalkeeper, Ederson. The 23-year-old Brazilian reportedly cost the Premier League club a cool £35 million, making him the most expensive keeper of all time.

Brazil vs. Argentina - Football Match Report - June 9, 2017 - ESPN
Gabriel Mercado gave Jorge Sampaoli a debut win as Argentina boss as they beat Brazil 1-0 in a friendly in Australia. The Sevilla defender's header got his former club manager off the mark as he prepares for the challenge of rescuing Argentina's World Cup qualifying hopes later this year.

Racing Villaverde offer to help Atletico with cheeky Diego Costa signing - ESPN FC
A junior Spanish club have offered wantaway Chelsea striker Diego Costa and his former club Atletico Madrid a potentially useful exit from their current awkward situation.

Juventus' Leonardo Bonucci Links to Chelsea are just gossip - ESPN FC
Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci says rumours he is set to join Chelsea are purely media speculation.Bonucci, 30, has been linked with a move to London to join Antonio Conte, his former coach for both club and country.

Alvaro Morata wants to 'play more' at Real Madrid or he will leave - agent - ESPN FC
Alvaro Morata's agent has told footmercato.net that the striker will leave Real Madrid this summer unless his demand to "play more" is met by the Champions League winners.

Saudi Arabia decline to take part in minute's silence for London attack - ESPN FC
Saudi Arabia declined to participate in a minute's silence to honour the victims of last weekend's London attack before their 2018 World Cup qualifier in Adelaide on Thursday, their opponents Australia said.

Watch Neymar score a goal from a rooftop kicking across Hollywood Blvd | FOX Sports
Neymar’s only 25 years old, but he has a number of accomplishments under his belt. He’s won La Liga twice, the Copa del Rey on three occasions, the Champions League in 2014/15 and just won Olympic gold last summer. He added another line item to his resume this week: score a goal across Hollywood Boulevard.

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