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Thorns FC's Hayley Raso named to Australia Women's National Team roster for Tournament of Nations | Portland Timbers
The Matildas will take on the United States, Brazil and Japan in the four-team tournament, squaring off against the USWNT in their first match on July 27 in Seattle at CenturyLink Field; kickoff is set for 7 p.m. (Pacific) on ESPN.

Quick Strikes | Since 2013, no MLS player has more combined goals and assists than Diego Valeri | Portland Timbers
Returning to league play, the Portland Timbers will match up with Real Salt Lake Wednesday night at Providence Park (7:30pm PT, ROOT SPORTS). Here are five numbers to know for #PORvRSL in the latest edition of Quick Strikes.

Major League Soccer:

Atlanta United have taken their trolling game to Orlando’s own backyard - Dirty South Soccer
After GM Darren Eales unleashed this bit of savagery earlier in the week, Atlanta United have brought the game to a whole new level, to the tune of a billboard spotted in downtown Orlando.

2017 MLS All-Star Game Roster |
As Major League Soccer’s greatest players prepare to take on Spanish superpower Real Madrid in the 2017 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target, 13 more stars were added today to the gameday roster.

SoccerAmerica - MLS: Philly draws own path with another HG signing 07/17/2017
Each MLS club has its own Homegrown strategy, based on its player market, supporting structure and, of course, ambitions. The Philadelphia Union is using its USL team, Bethlehem Steel, to fast-track academy players. Its newest first-team signing: 17-year-old midfielder Anthony Fontana.

Atlanta United's academy national title illuminates bright future | FOX Sports
Similar to reading a good book, it gets better with every flip of the page for Atlanta United. The youth academy made the rest of the world aware that the abundance of talent extends beyond United’s first team. It may be a story that is still being written, but it’s well on its way to a best seller.

Vancouver Whitecaps hope to carry momentum into second half of MLS season - The Globe and Mail
The Vancouver Whitecaps head into the second half of the Major League Soccer season feeling happy about where they are and the direction the team is heading. Defender Jordan Harvey believes they can get even better, starting with a win Wednesday night against the floundering L.A. Galaxy at the StubHub Center.

FC Dallas' Gonzalez, Ulloa, and Craft star in Express campaign |
Shout-out to one eagle-eyed MLS fan who noticed something surprising when she opened up a typical-seeming sale mailer from clothing retailer Express:

Keylor Navas would like to see more Ticos on 2017 MLS All-Star roster |
As happy as Costa Rican and Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas insists he is these days, there’s one thing he would love to change about Madrid’s involvement in the 2017 MLS All-Star Game on Aug. 2 (8:30 pm ET | FS1, Univision in US; TSN, and TVA Sports in Canada) at Chicago’s Soldier Field:

United States:

5 Things to know about El Salvador - Stars and Stripes FC
As the United States prepares to take on El Salvador on Wednesday in the 2017 Gold Cup quarterfinals, USMNT fans likely have many questions about El Salvador. Here’s some information to help familiarize you with the U.S.’s opponent.

Arena: "We'll see" if Clint Dempsey plays starter or super-sub role for US |
When Clint Dempsey returned to the US national team in March after a nine-month absence from international play due to an irregular heartbeat, head coach Bruce Arena indicated the Seattle Sounders star may be used more off the bench than he had been in the past.

Reunion with Bruce Arena has Gyasi Zardes confident that his struggles are over - LA Times
When Gyasi Zardes was named last month to the U.S. team for the Gold Cup, it raised a few eyebrows — but little concern — around the Galaxy. Zardes, a forward, was mired in the longest goalless drought of his career. He had managed only one assist and five shots on goal in 12 games. Even Dave Romney had done better and he’s a defender.


Premier League news: Lukaku says Mourinho makes him a better player -
Despite only just moving to the Old Trafford side, the striker says he is already getting plenty out of working with his manager.

RB Leipzig rejected 75m bid for Liverpool target Naby Keita - ESPN FC
Red Bull co-owner Dietrich Mateschitz has confirmed RB Leipzig recently rejected a €75 million bid for Liverpool target Naby Keita. Keita, 22, has been linked with a move to Liverpool for several weeks, but a source close to Leipzig told ESPN FC this week that they had warned the Premier League side the Guinea international is not for sale at any price.

Jose Mourinho not happy with Manchester United's summer business so far - ESPN FC
Mourinho has added £90 million forward Romelu Lukaku from Everton and invested £30.75m in Benfica defender Victor Lindelof since the end of last season, but efforts to sign Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic and a top-class defensive midfielder have so far proved unsuccessful.

Szczesny completes €12.2m Juventus move | FourFourTwo
Juventus have completed the signing of goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny from Arsenal for an initial fee of €12.2million. The Poland international has signed a four-year contract with the Serie A champions after undergoing a medical on Tuesday.