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Around The Forest: Barcelona’s Neymar to Paris-Saint Germain for €222 million?

The Dynamo add a DP, how the Western Conference has lost it’s ‘edge’ and more

Major League Soccer:

Expansion, big spending, smart bosses: How the West lost its edge in MLS | FourFourTwo
Over the past nine years, the top teams in MLS have consistently come from the Western Conference. Just two current Eastern Conference teams have won MLS Cup since 1999 – D.C. United in 2004 and the 2008 Columbus Crew. Sporting Kansas City was in the Eastern Conference when it won in 2013, but has since moved to the West.

Dynamo sign Argentine attacking midfielder Tomas Martinez - Houston Chronicle
Houston has signed 22-year old Argentinian attacking midfielder Tomás Martínez as a Young Designated Player. The acquisition is a full transfer from Portuguese first division club S.C. Braga.

Deshorn Brown finally gets acquainted with D.C. United - Black And Red United
Whenever bringing a new player into a team, there is a necessary adjustment period, for both the player and the team. That player needs to become acquainted with how the team plays, what is expected of him, in addition to meeting his new teammates

The MLS response to soccer analytics | US Soccer Players
The Gold Cup break gives MLS teams a mid-season breather. For some, it couldn't come at a better time. The season still has enough left in it to turn things around. It's likely that trying to figure out how to win games will include the use of analytics and data to help the front office and coaches come to some conclusions.

Armchair Analyst: Best 11 goals of 2017 so far in MLS? Here's my list |
Back on April 14, when the season was still very young, David Villa did the damn thing. He got onto a chipped clearance at midfield, out-muscled rookie defender Jack Elliott, and with his second touch chipped Philadelphia 'keeper Andre Blake from 50 yards. People went berserk

Despite red card controversy, RSL take positives out of Man United friendly |
RSL head coach Mike Petke and referee Allen Chapman both asked the Manchester United manager to put an 11th player on the field after Antonio Valencia was shown a 68th-minute red card for a violent tackle on RSL's Sebastian Saucedo in the friendly at Rio Tinto Stadium. Mourinho declined, citing some “aggressive” play from Saucedo on United's Juan Mata as part of his rationale for continuing to play a man down.

United States:

Here are your new USMNT jersey numbers for the Gold Cup - Stars and Stripes FC
As the United States welcomed back 6 regulars to the roster and prepare for their Gold Cup quarterfinal matchup tomorrow night, many fans were asking the important questions that need to be answered. No, I’m not talking about whether they’re ready to play or whether they’ve developed some camaraderie with the players that were already on the roster. We know that has already occurred. The real question fans want to know is: what numbers will the new players wear?

USA vs. El Salvador, 2017 Gold Cup: What to watch for - Stars and Stripes FC
Welcome to crunch time. The United States continue in the 2017 Gold Cup tomorrow in Philadelphia as they take on El Salvador in the quarterfinals. For the USMNT, they have brought in reinforcements in an effort to take the trophy.

SF Deltas, SF City FC take on difficult soccer market with different philosophies - by dan-bernstein - July 8, 2017 - The San Francisco Examiner
When the San Francisco Deltas kicked off their inaugural season in March, they entered a market yet to embrace local soccer with the same fervor as baseball, basketball or football.

Bruce Arena: El Salvador present 'difficult' test for U.S. in Gold Cup quarterfinals - ESPN FC
U.S. national team manager Bruce Arena says he doesn't think there are any favorites to win the 2017 Gold Cup right now, and that Wednesday's quarterfinal opponent El Salvador has played "some of the best football in the Gold Cup so far."

Union's Alejandro Bedoya leaves U.S. Gold Cup team ahead of birth of second child
U.S. men’s soccer team head coach Bruce Arena took full advantage of his ability to make six changes to his roster ahead of the Gold Cup knockout rounds. Some of the country’s biggest names are coming to Philadelphia ahead of Wednesday’s quarterfinal, while Union midfielder Alejandro Bedoya is one of the players departing.


PSG ready to swoop in and trigger Neymar's 222m buyout clause - ESPN FC
Reports in Brazil have added to uncertainty over Neymar's future at Barcelona after Esporte Interativo claimed he has accepted an offer from Paris Saint-Germain and will move for a world-record transfer fee of €222 million.

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.

AC Milan vs. Borussia Dortmund - Football Match Report - July 18, 2017 - ESPN
AC Milan may have made 10 signings this summer already but they were well beaten by Borussia Dortmund in the first International Champions Cup clash in China on Tuesday.