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Boehm: Is the future finally now for Darren Mattocks? |
What is it about tournaments that brings out the best in Darren Mattocks? The jet-heeled attacker has had more than his share of ups and down in MLS since the Vancouver Whitecaps made him the second overall pick back in the 2012 SuperDraft.

Major League Soccer:

What you need to know about the 2017 MLS secondary transfer window |
Major League Soccer's secondary transfer window, the second of two periods on the calendar in which teams can register new players via international transfers or intra-league trades, officially opened on Monday.

Sporting Kansas City co-owner Neal Patterson dies at 67 - ESPN FC
Sporting Kansas City co-owner Neal Patterson died on Sunday following complications from cancer. He was 67. Patterson, the CEO of healthcare technology company Cerner Corporation, was one of the five principals who bought the MLS club -- then the Kansas City Wizards -- from Lamar Hunt in 2006.

Summer 2017 MLS Transfer Window Tracker: Chicago Fire |
Chicago are reportedly favorites to sign Colombian international Juan Quintero should he sign with MLS, reports ESPN's Taylor Twellman. The 24-year-old left-footed playmaker is currently on loan in his native country at Independiente Medellin from Portuguese giants FC Porto. Twellman notes that bringing Quintero to the Fire would be a "complicated move but multiple people have said [Chicago] can pull it off."

Nashville hopes to strike MLS gold boosted after hosting USA vs Panama
Nashville's record-setting crowd during the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup U.S. men's soccer game bodes well for its MLS expansion chances.

Person of Interest: Whitecaps teenager Alphonso Davies turning heads -
Canadian Alphonso Davies is a budding young star for the Vancouver Whitecaps who is not only drawing rave reviews across Major League Soccer, he’s also garnering interest from some of the biggest clubs in England’s Premier League.

Dynamo’s Erick Torres embraces second chance with Mexico - Houston Chronicle
If during the lost seasons of 2015 and 2016 forward Erick Torres thought he was far away from contributing to the Dynamo, the gap that developed between him and the Mexico national team must have been frightening.

The LA Galaxy's No-Good, Very Bad Week - SoccerNation
It started as a week like most others. The only real aberration coming in was the calendar, with LA Galaxy II playing a rare Monday night game in USL against Reno 1868 FC, and big brother team LA Galaxy hosting Real Salt Lake on Tuesday in a July 4 holiday game.

Kreis, Movsisyan, and telling the stories in MLS | US Soccer Players
The churn of the Major League Soccer season sometimes turns the business of a campaign into a fairly staid rinse-and-repeat cycle of quiet off-days and game days. Outside of the occasional injury update and the absences brought on by the international windows, the intrigue coming out of and leading into matches is thin and unsatisfying.

United States:

USA vs Panama, 2017 Gold Cup: What we learned - Stars and Stripes FC
The United States played to a 1-1 draw against Panama on Saturday afternoon in their Gold Cup opener. Even though they are a perennial CONCACAF powerhouse, the USMNT really struggled throughout the game, and some would even say Panama was the team that deserved the result. In the end, we can walk away from this game having learned a lot of things about the squad.

Bruce Arena doesn't mince words in assessing USA's Gold Cup draw |
The old specter haunted the US national team again when they faced Panama at Nissan Stadium to open Group B play in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Yes, for the fourth time running in meeting in international tournament play, each walked away with a single goal and a single point each.

Armchair Analyst: A few concerns following the US draw vs. Panama |
Most of my takes, both good and bad, following the USMNT's disappointing 1-1 draw against Panama to open the Gold Cup, are contained in the Club & Country video above. The lineup wasn't quite right, the midfield and defense were stretched which allowed Panama easy distributive paths straight upfield, and our lack of speed meant they weren't at all afraid of pulling their backline up.


Wayne Rooney says 'I am not coming to a retirement home' at Everton - ESPN FC
Wayne Rooney has insisted that he has not returned to Everton for a "retirement home" after completing his move back to Goodison Park from Manchester United.

Diego Costa excused from start of Chelsea preseason training - source - ESPN FC
Diego Costa has been excused from the start of Chelsea's preseason training, a source has confirmed to ESPN FC. Chelsea players return to Cobham to begin their preparations for the new season on Monday, but Costa is not among them as talks continue over a return to Atletico Madrid.

Luka Modric: Leaving Real Madrid would be a 'step down' for Morata James - ESPN FC
Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has said that should Alvaro Morata or James Rodriguez leave the Santiago Bernabeu it would be a "step down" in their careers.

Lukaku on £75m Man Utd move: Who'd say no to the biggest club in the world? -
The 24-year-old striker could have returned to Premier League champions Chelsea, but could not pass up the chance to move to Old Trafford