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Around The Forest: The LA Galaxy close to record deal with Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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SKC defender released from hospital, the state of the USMNT goalkeeper situation and more..

Portland:

WATCH | FourFourTwo USA provides a fan's guide to watching the Timbers at Providence Park | Portland Timbers
FourFourTwo USA, the great soccer and culture publication, recently worked with long time Timbers fan and writer Shawn Levy to give an inside look of what it's like to attend a Portland Timbers match at Providence Park from a fan's perspective. Tips on where to pregame, traditions in the stadium and more are all included in this great video from FourFourTwo.

Major League Soccer:

Galaxy reportedly close to record deal with Zlatan Ibrahimovic - LA Times
The team sidestepped questions about possible negotiations, saying only that “the LA Galaxy are always looking for players who can improve the team.” However, numerous stories out of England say Ibrahimovic, who is rehabbing a season-ending knee injury in Manchester, is close to accepting an offer from the Galaxy that one report said is worth more than $7.7 million.

Montreal Impact acquire Shaun Francis in trade with San Jose Earthquakes - ESPN FC
The Montreal Impact added defender Shaun Francis in a trade with the San Jose Earthquakes on Thursday. The Jamaican left-back moves to Montreal, after three and a half seasons with the Earthquakes, who will get either a second-round pick in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft or $50,000 in general allocation money in exchange, depending on Francis' performance.

Gordon Ramsay joins Ashley Cole for LA Galaxy training - ESPN FC
There was an extra tinge of Britishness at LA Galaxy this week when chef Gordon Ramsay joined Ashley Cole for a training session. The pair were filmed rattling off shots while taking part in a light finishing drill ahead of Galaxy's big friendly fixture against Manchester United this Saturday.

MLS transfer news: The latest rumors and trades in Major League Soccer - Goal.com
Goal summarizes the biggest transfer and trade talk involving the the LA Galaxy, New York City FC, Toronto FC and the biggest clubs in North America

MLS News: Sporting KC defender Ike Opara released from hospital after concussion diagnosis - Goal.com
The 28-yer-old will enter the league’s concussion protocol after suffering the Grade 3 variety in Tuesday’s U.S. Open Cup win over FC Dallas.

Bexar County Judge: San Antonio MLS bid has ‘better shot at the third and fourth pick’ | SBI Soccer
The San Antonio bid for MLS is not likely to earn a nod this year, and is instead focusing on slots 27 and 28, according to county officials.

Hamilton County Commissioner ‘Unconvinced’ FC Cincinnati need a new stadium | SBI Soccer
Speaking to Politics Extra, Hamilton County commissioner Todd Portune expressed his lack of interest in building a new soccer-specific stadium for FC Cincinnati, a major requirement of MLS expansion bids, reports Cincinnati.com. Portune believes that MLS should accept the University of Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium as its permanent home, regardless of the fact that MLS has made soccer-specific stadiums a must-have in this round of expansion.

Toronto FC signs Nicolas Hasler first Liechtensteiner in MLS - ESPN FC
Toronto FC have announced the signing of FC Vaduz wing-back Nicolas Hasler, making him the first player from Liechtenstein to join Major League Soccer. Hasler, 26, will be added to the roster pending the receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and his Canadian work permit.

Revolution downed by controversial late red card, goal vs. Red Bulls | MLSsoccer.com
Players and coaches, both for the New England Revolution and New York Red Bulls, weren’t exactly sure what caused referee Jorge Gonzalez to reach for his back pocket in the 75th minute.

United States:

The State of the USMNT Goalkeepers — American Soccer Analysis
The latest drama to break in the American goalkeeping scene was centered squarely on Jesse Gonzalez. After a will-he-won’t-he back and forth that is only rivaled by Pam Beesly and Jim Halpert, Gonzalez has officially tied to the US Men’s National Team.

ExtraTime Radio: Brad Guzan talks ATL UTD, Tim Howard & Bruce Arena's USMNT | MLSsoccer.com
How are you feeling this morning? Are you riled up about the US national team’s skin-of-their-teeth win against Martinique? Or is it just part of the process? With Andrew back in New York – complete with a few mystery bites from Kansas wildlife – the guys break down the Gold Cup for Bruce Arena so far, the winners and losers from Wednesday night’s action, Dax McCarty’s World Cup ticket and Canada’s newest hype train.

Morris takes step forward in fierce battle on USMNT forward depth chart | SBI Soccer
No position has been under the microscope more in the last few weeks than forward when it comes to the U.S. Men’s National Team. Dom Dwyer took the international scene by storm by scoring a goal in each of his first two games against Ghana and Panama. On Wednesday night, Jordan Morris raised the level of competition even higher with a two-goal performance in the team’s 3-2 win over Martinique.

World:

Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci arrives to seal AC Milan switch - ESPN FC
Leonardo Bonucci arrived at AC Milan's headquarters on Friday ahead of a proposed transfer from Juventus. Bonucci, 30, was greeted by several hundred Milan fans who had been waiting since the Italy defender said goodbye to his teammates in Turin earlier in the day and set off down the A4 motorway to reach the Lombardy capital.

OFFICIAL: Barcelona agree terms with Nelson Semedo - Barca Blaugranes
Barcelona have tonight confirmed they have agreed a deal with Benfica for right-back Nelson Semedo. The 23-year-old will now have a medical tomorrow, before completing his move to Camp Nou.

On Wayne Rooney and not living up to teenage hype - SBNation.com
As Wayne Rooney accepts the inevitable and moves into his epilogue, it seems as good a time as any to think back to the opening chapters. That goal against Arsenal; those giddy few weeks where Euro 2004 seemed to be surrendering at his feet; the debut hat trick that followed his move to Manchester United

Kyle Walker completes transfer to Manchester City from Tottenham in record deal - ESPN FC
Manchester City have completed the signing of Tottenham defender Kyle Walker in a world-record deal for a defender. Sources told ESPN FC on Thursday that the clubs had agreed a fee of £50 million for the right-back, surpassing the £47.5m that City paid Everton for John Stones a year ago.

Defenders lead the way for Jamaica in scoreless draw with Mexico | MLSsoccer.com
Thursday night’s Gold Cup Group C matchup between Mexico and Jamaica was a rematch of the 2015 final, a match in which El Tri ended the Reggae Boyz's Cinderella run with a 3-1 defeat. This time around, Jamaica earned a bit of redemption, scrapping to a 0-0 draw at Sports Authority Field.

CONCACAF issues Florent Malouda ruling, French Guiana forfeit Gold Cup game | MLSsoccer.com
Early Friday morning CONCACAF issued its ruling on the controversial participation of former France international Florent Malouda in French Guiana's 0-0 draw against Honduras in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup,

Soccer On TV:

Gold Cup: Costa Rica v French Guiana, 4:30p PST FS1
Gold Cup: Canada v Honduras, 7p PST FS1