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Around The Forest: Bruce Arena to shake up tonights XI against Martinique

Jeremy Ebobisse picked up his first goal of the season, Frank Lampard and a dungeon?


Jeremy Ebobisse's goal-scoring efforts recognized with USL Team of the Week bench spot | Portland Timbers
Forward Jeremy Ebobisse scored his first goal for T2 over the weekend, and today was recognized for his goal-scoring efforts against LA Galaxy II with a bench spot on the USL Team of the Week for Week 16.

Major League Soccer announces schedule change for Portland Timbers August home match against New York Red Bulls | Portland Timbers
Major League Soccer today announced that the Portland Timbers’ home match against the New York Red Bulls has been moved to Friday, Aug. 18, beginning at 7 p.m. (Pacific). Originally scheduled for Aug. 20, the match will be broadcast live from Providence Park on FS1 with local radio broadcasts on 750 AM/102.9 FM The Game (English) and La GranD 1150 AM/93.5 FM (Spanish).

T2 announce schedule change for August home match against Sounders FC 2 | Portland Timbers
T2 today announced that their home match against Seattle Sounders FC 2 at Providence Park has been moved to Thursday, Aug. 17, at 7:30 p.m. (Pacific). The match, originally scheduled for Aug. 18, will be available via a live, high-definition web stream at

Major League Soccer:

Midseason Awards: Who's the Coach of the Year frontrunner? |
With MLS on a break for the CONCACAF Gold Cup, this seems as good a time as any to talk about first-half superlatives – in this case, the Midseason Coach of the Year.

MLS Flight Path: Kaká |
This time around, we visit with Orlando City SC's Kaká to hear about his star-powered route to the league. Check out this map below of his MLS flight path. Then read all about it below, and check out how his journey compares to Schweinsteiger's.

Juan Quintero Is Reportedly Heading To MLS— But Not Necessarily Chicago - Hot Time In Old Town
Over the weekend our own Mike Tooley wrote about rumors linking the Fire with the Colombian trequarista. Despite concerns on how the finances would work, as well as how Quintero might fit in the squad, the rumors were generally met with excitement among Fire supporters.

Armchair Analyst: As the window opens, a look at roster needs |
Everyone has the blueprint because they saw it in action last year. Add the right piece from overseas (Nicolas Lodeiro), and you can be the Sounders – a team that's scuffling along but finds their form and makes it all the way to the final game of the season en route to hoisting the one trophy that everybody wants.

An updated, tiered look at the MLS Expansion race | SBI Soccer
A few candidates have furthered their bids dramatically in recent months, such as the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Others have fallen off hard, with St. Louis and San Diego suffering big hits. Commissioner Don Garber has even visited a few of the candidate cities, bolstering the faith of supporters in Nashville and Cincinnati, while those in either of the North Carolina bids have been left wanting.

Report: Guillermo Barros Schelotto to remain Boca Juniors manager - Angels on Parade
The Argentine, a hit in his playing days in MLS with the Columbus Crew, being linked to an MLS team seemed to make a lot of sense. He was an up-and-coming manager, having coached in his native country as well as an abortive stint in Serie A (which was unfortunately canceled because he didn’t hold the necessary UEFA coaching badges).

Supporters Week - Introduction - Eighty Six Forever
Welcome to 86Forever’s Supporters Week, where it’s all about what goes into supporting the team. “Think about this for a second: Sons of Ben create a supporters group for a team that doesn’t exist. Think about the caring. Think about the wants to do that” That is the part of the opening voiceover of the Sons of Ben Movie.

United States:

Bruce Arenas fringe players may get Gold Cup chance against Martinique - ESPN FC
Looking back at the U.S. national team's Gold Cup opener against Panama, the biggest winners from Saturday's 1-1 tie may very well have been those U.S. players who watched the game from the bench.

Fake news: Why the Arena-Klinsmann double standard is a complete myth | FourFourTwo
No one will argue that Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Panama was a shining moment for the U.S. men’s national team. Then again, considering squad strength and the tournament’s objectives, neither was Saturday’s result some historic clunker.


Real Madrid Announce Squad For US Pre-Season Tour - Managing Madrid
Real Madrid published their squad list for the United States pre-season tour and for the International Champions Cup, and the friendly against the MLS All-Stars side

One of Frank Lampard’s London homes is a cocaine-fueled sex dungeon - Hudson River Blue
Retired New York City FC legend Frank Lampard owns more than one house. This is not breaking news, but simply how it works when you’re REAL-real paid. Indeed, Phat Phranq has posh pads from Spain to Surrey, and probably also a self-driving, self-aware banana boat that LeBron James never should have sold in the first place.

Florent Malouda starts for French Guiana despite being ruled ineligible - ESPN FC
French Guiana made the unusual decision of starting Florent Malouda in their Gold Cup clash against Honduras on Tuesday, despite CONCACAF previously ruling the 37-year-old ineligible for the competition.

Michael Carrick replaces Wayne Rooney as Manchester United captain - ESPN FC
Michael Carrick says he is "honoured" to be named Manchester United's new captain following Wayne Rooney's departure to Everton. The 35-year-old midfielder will take the armband after Rooney's 13-year stay at Old Trafford came to end after he returned to his boyhood club this week.

Soccer To Watch:

Gold Cup: Panama v Nicaragua 3:30p PT, FS1
Gold Cup: United States v Martinique 6p PT, FS1

USOC: Miami FC v FC Cincinnati 4:40p PST,