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Around The Forest: USMNT headed to the 2017 Gold Cup Final

Dom Dwyer possibly Orlando bound, the MLS All-Hair team and more for your Monday!

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Major League Soccer:

Real Salt Lake's Mike Petke lets off steam in postmatch news conference - ESPN FC
Petke was dismissed from the touchline in the 72nd minute of the clash for kicking off after Joao Plata was not awarded a foul -- and he took out his frustration at those in his postmatch news conference.

Columbus Crew SC winger Justin Meram - MLS All-Star Game just 'a celebrity match' - ESPN FC
"[David] Accam and [Romain] Allesandrini are two guys I love watching, and it's funny to me that they're not there. To me, it's not an All-Star Game in my eyes. It's getting a bunch of guys together and playing against Real Madrid."

Minnesota United finds a 'positive' after 3-0 home defeat vs. Red Bulls - ESPN FC
Staying upbeat on social media after a defeat is never easy so spare a thought for the good folks at Minnesota United, who had to find something to say after Saturday's defeat to the New York Red Bulls, which was the Loons' 12th in 21 games in this, their inaugural MLS season.

Summer 2017 MLS Transfer Window Tracker: Vancouver Whitecaps |
Kristian Dyer reported on Twitter on July 22 that Vancouver are set to loan D Sam Adekugbe to a Swedish club, with an eventual option to make the move permanent. Adekugbe, 22, only just returned to the 'Caps from a loan to English club Brighton & Hove Albion.

Brisendine: Long-awaited road win an important step for Houston |
OK, so it came against D.C. United – and without Bill Hamid in goal. Still, Saturday night’s 3-1 victory at RFK Stadium marked the breaking of this year’s most prominent road duck, as the Houston Dynamo finally notched three away points after a 0-7-3 start on the road.

Major League Soccer: All-time all-hair team
Soccer players don't wear plastic helmets ... or ballcaps. That means soccer players can feel free to express their personalities with hairstyles.

Understanding Charlotte proposal to bring pro soccer | Charlotte Observer
Earlier this year, Marcus Smith, CEO of Speedway Motorsports, submitted a bid to bring a Major League Soccer team to Charlotte. Under Smith’s proposal, the county-owned Memorial Stadium and Grady Cole Center would be razed to make way for a new 20,000-seat facility, with up to half paid for with taxpayer dollars.

Major League soccer stadium plan | MLS bid, update, July 19, 2018 | News & Observer
The renderings are dazzling. The potential is staggering. The logistics are foreboding. As dramatic as Wednesday’s unveiling of plans for a new soccer stadium off Peace Street in downtown Raleigh was, actually getting the thing built could create even more drama.

Taylor Twellman dropped this nugget on Sunday morning.

United States:

Clint Dempsey ties Landon Donovan for USMNT all-time goals record - Stars and Stripes FC
Landon Donovan is no longer the lone all-time leading goalscorer for the United States men’s national team. Clint Dempsey has tied the record on Saturday night with a fantastic free kick against Costa Rica in the semifinal of the CONCACAF Gold Cup:

USA reach Gold Cup final with win vs Costa Rica - ESPN FC
Three thoughts from the United States' 2-0 win over Costa Rica on Saturday night in the 2017 Gold Cup semifinals.

Bruce Arena Clint Dempsey a difference maker for the United States - ESPN FC
United States men's national team manager Bruce Arena hailed the performance of his side, as well as that of Clint Dempsey, in the Americans 2-0 victory over Costa Rica in the semifinals of the Gold Cup.


El Salvador players banned 6 and 3 games after biting U.S. players - ESPN FC
El Salvador's Henry Romero has been suspended six games and Darwin Ceren three after they bit United States players in the Gold Cup quarterfinals, CONCACAF announced Saturday night.

Gold Cup semifinal loss to US has Costa Rica asking "What if?" |
Things could have been different for Costa Rica in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Seeking a first ever Gold Cup title, the Ticos brought a loaded squad to the United States and were viewed as a pre-tournament favorite.

Chelsea eyeing swoop for Major League Soccer wonderkid Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla after club legend Didier Drogba recommended him
CHELSEA are keeping tabs on Montreal Impact winger Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla after he was recommended to the Blues by club legend Didier Drogba. The Ivorian worked with the 18-year-old during his time with the Canadian outfit, and has had good things to say about the bleach-haired teenager.

OFFICIAL: Danilo joins Manchester City - Managing Madrid
Real Madrid just announced on their site that they reached an agreement with Manchester City over the transfer of Brazilian right-back Danilo, who joined Real Madrid two years ago.