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Timbers going on a road trip, LA Galaxy make as signing and so does San Jose as the transfer window is officially open


Portland Timbers plan journey to north coast for 'Rose City Road Trip' | KATU
The Portland Timbers are heading to the northern Oregon coast as part of their annual “Rose City Road Trip.” The team plans to visit Astoria, Seaside, and Warrenton beginning on Tuesday, August 15 to conduct community events and a youth soccer clinic.

From the Stands | For spoken word artist Noah Schultz, soccer and the Timbers served a special need | Portland Timbers
In 2011, the year the Portland Timbers joined Major League Soccer, you would have been hard pressed to find a fan more obsessed with the team than Noah Schultz. Schultz kept a scrapbook – the “Portland Timbers Bible,” he called it – filled with cutouts of all the newspaper articles he could find about the Timbers.

Major League Soccer:

LA Galaxy sign ex-Willem II right-back Pele van Anholt - sources - ESPN FC
The LA Galaxy have signed right-back Pele van Anholt, multiple sources have confirmed to ESPN FC. The news could be made official as soon as Tuesday. Van Anholt, 26, was out of contract, having seen his deal with Eredivisie side Willem II expire at the end of the 2016-17 campaign.

Heath: Nicholson signing to boost internal competition for Minnesota United |
Minnesota United have had an up-and-down first half-season in Major League Soccer. While they stabilized after two historically poor results, the team has been forced to test their depth due to injuries and international duty. With Monday’s signing of Sam Nicholson, Minnesota United head coach Adrian Heath is hoping to add a true starting option.

Earthquakes hope new Designated Player "Vako" Qazaishvili is a cornerstone |
Going on four and half seasons -- the current length of their playoff drought -- the San Jose Earthquakes have been searching for some magic on offense. They will hope they’ve found it in new Designated Player signing Valeri "Vako" Qazaishvili, who arrived in the Bay Area this week ahead of the opening of the secondary transfer window.

FEATURE: Chris Wondolowski to wear '38' jersey tonight vs. LA Galaxy in support of Matheus Silva | San Jose Earthquakes
Normally belonging to 20-year-old Quakes midfielder Matheus Silva, the captain chose to make the classy gesture and temporary switch in support of Matheus, who was involved in a scary incident in Lake Tahoe on the Fourth of July.


Sam Kerr surges past Megan Rapinoe and Marta in the NWSL MVP race -
This past NWSL offseason was a tumultuous one. Star players from both the United States and abroad left the league amidst uncertainty about the United States women’s national team’s collective bargaining agreement with U.S. Soccer, and therefore uncertainty about whether USWNT players would participate in the league, and who would pay their salaries.

Why making a living as women’s pro soccer player is no easy task, especially in high-price Seattle | The Seattle Times
This year, the minimum salary in the NWSL is up to $15,000, but far below the league minimum of $53,000 in MLS. As a result, finding viable ways to stay in women’s professional soccer continues to be an issue for players who aren’t on the U.S. or Canadian national teams.

United States:

Dax McCarty has his sights set on World Cup team in second U.S. go round - ESPN FC
After being afforded a second chance with the U.S. national team by Bruce Arena, Dax McCarty says he's taking nothing for granted as he eyes a spot in the 23-man squad that will go to Russia for the World Cup next summer.

Arena justifies squad rotation ahead of Martinique - ESPN FC
Bruce Arena reiterates the U.S.' need for an improved performance, their recovery tactics, and impressions of Martinique.

U.S. U20 keeper Jonathan Klinsmann signs contract at Hertha Berlin - ESPN FC
U.S. under-20 goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann has joined Hertha Berlin following a successful trial, the Bundesliga club have confirmed.


OFFICIAL: James Rodriguez joins Bayern on a shocking two-year loan deal - Managing Madrid
Real Madrid just confirmed that Colombian midfielder James Rodriguez will be joining Bayern Munich on a two-year loan deal with the German side keeping an option to permanently buy the player after the deal ends.

ESPN’s Presentation of UEFA Women’s EURO 2017(TM) Kicks off July 16 - ESPN MediaZone
ESPN’s presentation of UEFA Women’s EURO 2017 from The Netherlands will kick off Sunday, July 16, with the hosts facing off against Norway at Noon ET on ESPN3 and streaming live on the ESPN app. A second match from Group A will stream at 2:45 p.m. ET as Denmark takes on Belgium.

Wenger: Alexis has told me nothing - The Short Fuse
Alexis’ status is probably the biggest story of Arsenal’s summer, even a summer in which they broke their record for most expensive signing. Will he sign a new deal? Will he play out the string and walk for nothing? Will he be sold? Seemingly the only person who knows the answers right now is...Alexis