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Around The Forest: Bruce Arena makes six roster changes ahead of Quarterfinals

LAFC’s Tom Penn talks a good game, T2 falls again, and more..


Portland Timbers, city officials mull futsal in Vancouver | The Columbian
The Portland Timbers met last week with Vancouver city officials to bring futsal, a scaled-down version of soccer, north across the Columbia River. The Timbers are looking to spend around $100,000 to build the outdoor futsal court, then hand it over to the city for managing, according to Kristel Wissel, VP of community relations.

USL MATCH RECAP | Portland Timbers 2: 0, Swope Park Rangers: 1 | Portland Timbers
Playing the final game of a two-match home stand, T2 fell 1-0 to Swope Park Rangers at Providence Park on Sunday afternoon. Swope Park (11-4-2, 35pts) scored the game-winning goal the 60th minute when second-half substitute Kharlton Belmar headed in forward Nansel Selbol’s cross past T2 goalkeeper Kendall McIntosh at his near post.

Major League Soccer:

LAFC chief Tom Penn says world's 'top talent' will want to play in Los Angeles - ESPN FC
Los Angeles Football Club is interested in signing "Messi, Ronaldo, you name it," says co-owner and president Tom Penn, who's confident the world's "top talent" will want to come to Southern California.

MLS tour of expansion candidate cities continues through Southeast |
This week, MLS officials visit two more expansion cities (Charlotte and Raleigh), but last week Nashville was in the spotlight with the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup coming to town and the city setting a Tennessee soccer-record with 47,622 attending for the July 7 doubleheader.

SoccerAmerica - Efrain Alvarez, age 15, helps shoot Galaxy into U-17/18 Development Academy final 07/15/2017
Efrain Alvarez, who turned 15 on June 19, sparked the Los Angeles Galaxy's comeback against the Seattle Sounders in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy U-17/18 semifinals.

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.

United signs New York Red Bulls forward Allen on loan -
Minnesota United added a third piece Friday during this secondary transfer window in forward Brandon Allen.

Sporting KC to host San Jose in U.S. Open Cup semifinals | The Kansas City Star
In a blind draw conducted by U.S. Soccer on Friday, Sporting KC learned it will not only play host to San Jose in the semifinals next month, but it would also hold the championship match at home should it advance.

United States:

Gold Cup quarterfinal matchups set for Philadelphia, Arizona |
With Mexico’s 2-0 win over Curacao wrapping up the Gold Cup group stage, the matchups for the tournament’s quarterfinal round are now confirmed.

Hojnacki: Bedoya not focused on critics – his game speaks for itself |
Alejandro Bedoya has long divided opinion in American soccer circles.He’s got his supporters, but also those that seem determined to push him off the squad through, a reality he recognizes.

Arena makes 6 changes to Gold Cup roster - Stars and Stripes FC
Bruce Arena made his move officially on Monday morning, calling in the cavalry to help the U.S. advance through the knockout stage of the Gold Cup. There was heavy speculation on who Arena would be calling in, and it seems pretty much all of the rumors were correct


Mario Gomez: “Future bright at Wolfsburg” -
Wolfsburg preserved their 10-year stay in the Bundesliga last season only by virtue of a promotion/relegation play-off win over Eintracht Braunschweig. But having reinforced their squad in the summer, imminent Wolves captain Mario Gomez is confident ahead of the 2017/18 campaign.

AC Milan want Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata but 'only on our conditions' - ESPN FC
AC Milan sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli has told Mediaset his side are interested in Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata but will sign him "only on our conditions." Milan have made nine signings already this summer -- with Juventus centre-back Leonardo Bonucci soon to become the 10th -- but they remain determined to strengthen their attack.

Barcelona suggest they will wait for Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti - ESPN FC
Ernesto Valverde and Robert Fernandez have suggested Barcelona will wait until the very last day of the transfer window before giving up on signing Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti.