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Around The Forest: USMNT beat El Salvador to advance to Gold Cup semifinals

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Let’s do this..

Major League Soccer:

What Game of Thrones Character is your MLS team? - The Blue Testament
One of the most popular shows in the world returns Sunday, July 16th on HBO. Game of Thrones has taken the world by storm. Some 23 million people (counting original airings, re-runs, streaming and DVR) watched Season 6 of GOT. We are mildly obsessed.

Supporters Week: Is MLS a friend or foe of supporters culture? - Eighty Six Forever
It is difficult to find an advertisement for MLS that does not, in some way, play up the excitement supporters groups add to the gameday experience. Indeed, one of the big selling points for soccer in the U.S. and Canada is the unique atmosphere created by these groups who, by and large, have no parallel in other major North American sports.

Clavijo: Discusses Kellyn Acosta’s future with FC Dallas - Big D Soccer
For a long time we’ve stated it was only going to be a matter of when, not if, FC Dallas sells Homegrown midfielder Kellyn Acosta. The more Acosta plays with the United States national team this summer in the Gold Cup, the sooner that sell date could arrive.

MLS Expansion Update: Phoenix, San Diego, Cincinnati, Nashville, Charlotte - The Blue Testament
It's that time again. It's time for our monthly-ish update regarding all things MLS Expansion. For those of you new to these updates, I have a bit of a fascination with MLS expansion (and expansion and contraction of pro sports leagues in general). If you need to get caught up, here are the last few updates.

Dzemaili primed to lead Montreal's playoff push: "We can go very, very far" | MLSsoccer.com
Once again, Blerim Dzemaili helped the Montreal Impact weather the absence of all-star midfielder Ignacio Piatti. With Piatti still sidelined but on the verge of returning from an adductor injury that has kept him out since June 27, Dzemaili scored the winning goal in Montreal's 2-1 victory over Philadelphia at Stade Saputo on Wednesday night.

United States:

USA vs. El Salvador: Final score 2-0, USMNT will face Costa Rica in Gold Cup semifinals - SBNation.com
Wednesday’s Gold Cup quarterfinal between the United States men’s national team and El Salvador was not a great soccer contest, but it was certainly an entertaining spectacle. The Americans overcame some poor defending and dirty tactics from their opponents to record a 2-0 win, thanks to two high-quality goals by members of their back line.

USMNT vs El Salvador: What We Learned - Stars and Stripes FC
The United States probably got the easiest matchup in the Gold Cup quarterfinals, and they cashed that in for a 2-0 win and a trip to the semi-finals. It definitely wasn’t the prettiest game (40 fouls were called on the two teams), but they managed to get the two goals in the final five minutes before half time from Omar Gonzalez and Eric Lichaj. Without further adieu, here are the things we learned from Wednesday night’s match.

World:

Jose Mourinho 'not interested' in Alvaro Morata's pending move to Chelsea - ESPN FC
Jose Mourinho has insisted he is "not interested" that Alvaro Morata is set to sign for Chelsea, but hinted he needs another striker this summer.

Gareth Bale Real Madrid won't treat ICC Clasico vs. Barcelona like a friendly - ESPN FC
Gareth Bale has told ESPN FC that he and his Real Madrid teammates will be playing to win when they face Barcelona in the International Champions Cup in Miami.

Phoenix From the Ashes: Milan’s Return to Greatness - The AC Milan Offside
In 2011 Milan was crowned champions of the Serie A. In 2012, on the other hand, Juventus was crowned champions of the Serie A. In 2013, Juventus was crowned the champions of the Serie A. In 2014, Juventus was crowned the champions of the Serie A. In 2015—alright you get the point. Juventus has dominated the Serie A since Milan’s fall from greatness.

A/V:

Watch as Jozy Altidore had some problems with an El Salvadoran defender.

Soccer On TV:

Gold Cup: Jamaica vs Canada, 4:30p PST FS1
Gold Cup: Mexico vs Honduras, 7:30p PST FS1