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Ashley Cole on life after the Galaxy. Is it time for a home grown player rule for the NWSL?

Portland:

Thorns FC: Two Steps Back - Slide Rule Pass
It was only almost a week – but it seems like almost an eon – ago that Thorns FC put a lickin’ on FCKC through intelligent, aggressive attack and swarming defense. Three days later the team traveled north to Seattle and, it seems, completely forgot how to do all that.

Major League Soccer:

LA Galaxy's Ashley Cole keen to work for Chelsea after retirement - ESPN FC
LA Galaxy defender Ashley Cole has told FourFourTwo that returning to Chelsea to work as a coach or scout would be his "first choice" when he retires as a player.

Maxi-mizing Opportunity: Urruti becoming top-notch striker FC Dallas seeks | MLSsoccer.com
Maximiliano Urruti's latest goal came Tuesday night in the 48th minute on a difficult angle. A pass toward the goal from midfielder Michael Barrios seemed headed toward the end line. But Urruti got there at the last moment, and his shot snuck through the goalkeeper’s legs and in, extending FC Dallas’ lead to two goals.

Operation: Back of the Net | MLSsoccer.com
Major League Soccer has partnered with Southern New Hampshire University and the USO to help keep our service members connected to family, home and country. SNHU will donate $3,000 to the USO for every goal scored by U.S. clubs between July 1 and July 6.

Martino won’t confirm Atlanta United has purchased Asad
Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino declined on Monday to confirm a report that the loan for Yamil Asad has been made permanent.

Revolution move up allocation ranking in trade with Earthquakes - The Bent Musket
The Revolution struck a deal with the San Jose Earthquakes on Monday, using cash assets to acquire the second spot in the MLS allocation rankings. New England now retains that position until the end of the season, when the order resets

NWSL:

It’s Time for the NWSL to Adopt Homegrown Player Rule - The Mane Land
This past week, the Boys’ U.S. Soccer Development Academy teams have been facing off in the national playoffs in Westfield, IN. Major League Soccer academy teams have featured several Homegrown stars that have made both youth national team appearances and appearances with their USL sides. With a Girls’ U.S. Soccer Development Academy system coming this fall, it brings to mind that the NWSL must make a crucial rule change.

United States:

Timothy Weah finalizes deal with Paris Saint-Germain - Stars and Stripes FC
Timothy Weah was in New York City a couple of weeks ago and visited his former U.S. Soccer Development Academy, BW Gottschee. He passed out shirts and thanked them for the role they played in his development.

Castillo: Dax McCarty should be the USMNT's breakout star at Gold Cup | MLSsoccer.com
Fans of MLS and speculative fiction, note this nugget, gleaned from US men’s national team training this past week in Nashville: Once upon a time, back when he led the LA Galaxy, US head coach Bruce Arena tried to acquire Dax McCarty from the New York Red Bulls.

World:

Diego Maradona flashes nipple, offers No.10 shirt to Lorenzo Insigne in big Naples night out | FourFourTwo
Maradona attended a ceremony in the Italian city where he played for seven years, and whose team he made over 250 appearances for. By the end of it, however, the 54-year-old was on top of a taxi with his shirt unbuttoned, and even flashed his nipples at one point.

David Beckham inducted into PSG's online hall of fame... having played 12 games | FourFourTwo
PSG unveiled their new club website earlier this week, and launched a brand new hall of fame section on their website. Alongside worthy names such as Ronaldinho, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Jay-Jay Okocha and George Weah was the former England captain.

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney in talks with Everton - sources - ESPN FC
Wayne Rooney is in talks with Everton about a return to Goodison Park this summer, sources have told ESPN FC. The Manchester United captain will be allowed to leave Old Trafford after seeing his role in the team reduced under Jose Mourinho last season.

'He's hit that too well' -- Why striking the ball worse is actually better
One of the most popular footballing cliches presumably makes little sense to anyone watching the sport for the first time. "If anything," the commentator will say after an attacker's shot hasn't ended up in the net, "he's actually hit that too well."

West Ham look to activate £13m buyout clause for Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez - Brace The Hammer
As we reported earlier in the week, West Ham United are keen to add to their front line by importing Mexican forward, Javier Hernandez, otherwise known as Chicharito, from German side Bayern Leverkusen.