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Around The Forest: Sporting Kansas City’s Dom Dwyer Traded to Orlando City

Colorado Rapids has a new ‘interm’ GM, the Loons get a new stadium name and more.

Major League Soccer:

Orlando City acquires Dom Dwyer in trade with Sporting Kansas City - ESPN FC
Orlando City acquired U.S. striker Dom Dwyer from Sporting Kansas City on Tuesday in the most expensive trade in MLS history. In exchange, Sporting KC will receive $900,000 in a mixture of targeted and general allocation money, but that figure could raise to as much as $1.6 million with performance bonuses, which Sporting KC coach Peter Vermes was confident would be met.

Colorado Rapids promote Padraig Smith to interim general manager - ESPN FC
The Colorado Rapids have made a pair of interim front office promotions in the wake of Tim Hinchey's departure from the organization, a club spokesperson confirmed to ESPN FC

Champions League ambitions a sign of culture change at TFC -
The Reds currently sit in first place in the overall league standings, a position it’s held for most of this year. But they know from first-hand experience that regular season success doesn’t guarantee an MLS Cup, and that’s the goal. It’s not the only goal, though.

Dynamo coach Wilmer Cabrera praises team’s mentality - Houston Chronicle
The biggest team aspect Dynamo coach Wilmer Cabrera has preached in his first season is mentality. Cabrera expects the team to be tough mentally, to work hard and to expect big things from themselves. He said he was especially happy with their mentality in Saturday’s 3-1 win over D.C. United.

Dynamo signing Tomas Martinez looking to add to "well built" team |
Before his first official practice with the Houston Dynamo on Monday, Tomas Martinez made it clear what kind of player his new team had just acquired, even as he declared he doesn't like labeling himself.

Minnesota United stadium name goes global in deal with Allianz -
The club and insurance company Allianz Life announced a multi-year partnership Tuesday morning at United’s offices in Golden Valley, despite a Monday afternoon Twitter snafu when Allianz Life posted a premature tweet-and-delete announcing the name and linking to a video tour of the upcoming stadium.

Vermes says Sporting KC still have 2017 aspirations after dealing Dom Dwyer |
Yes, Sporting Kansas City will miss Dom Dwyer. But the decision to trade the new US international to Orlando City SC, manager and technical director Peter Vermes says, doesn’t mean that they’re sacrificing this season’s aspirations.

Columbus Crew SC honor World War II veteran Henri Crognale for his 97th birthday - Massive Report
Hours before kickoff on a steamy Saturday afternoon in Columbus, the family of homegrown defender Alex Crognale gathered in the parking lot of MAPFRE Stadium. This wasn’t like prior tailgates for the Crognale family. It was particularly special as Alex’s grandfather, Henri, was the honoree for this event.

United States:

The USMNT isn't shedding any tears over Mexico's surprising Gold Cup exit -
Though Mexico's surprising loss to Jamaica took some of the shine off the Gold Cup final, the U.S. national team is too focused on the trophy to care

Clint Dempsey’s new USMNT role is his perfect fit -
Clint Dempsey is an absolute legend for the United States men’s national team, and is arguably the best-ever player to step on the pitch for the stars and stripes. But at 34 years old, “Deuce” is clearly slowing down a bit, and he can’t be relied on to be the every-minute megastar he’s been for the USMNT in the past.

USA vs. Jamaica, 2017 Gold Cup Final: What to watch for - Stars and Stripes FC
This is it. This is for all the marbles. The United States have clawed their way through the Gold Cup and have reached the final, to take place tomorrow night at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.


Danilo says Pep Guardiola made it easy to pick Man City over Chelsea - ESPN FC
Manchester City's new signing Danilo says it was an easy decision to turn down a move to Chelsea after speaking to Pep Guardiola. The Brazilian defender completed a £26.5 million move from Real Madrid on Sunday and could make his debut in the International Champions Cup against his old club on Wednesday.

Barcelona's Pique backtracks on Neymar tweet says it's just 'intuition' he stays - ESPN FC
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique says his tweet about Neymar staying at the club was not anything official and confirmed the Brazilian is weighing up an offer from Paris Saint-Germain, who are prepared to pay his €222 million buyout clause.

Man City ready £160m to beat Real Madrid to Kylian Mbappe - sources - ESPN FC
Manchester City are making a late bid to try to complete a world-record transfer for Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe, sources have told ESPN FC. City are moving quickly to seal a potential £160 million (€180m) move for the 18-year-old France international with Real Madrid also desperate to conclude a deal.