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Caleb Porter, One-on-One: I had it all figured out, then I got punched in the nose | FourFourTwo
Caleb Porter thought he knew it all as he built the University of Akron's men's soccer program into the nation's finest, producing beautiful soccer while developing a long list of top pros, including Darlington Nagbe, DeAndre Yedlin, Perry Kitchen, Wil Trapp, Teal Bunbury and Steve Zakuani.

Major League Soccer:

Miami Beckham expansion bid 'at the finish line' - MLS commissioner Garber - ESPN FC
Speaking exclusively to ESPN FC at the unveiling of an all-weather "mini-pitch" on Chicago's south side, Garber said about Miami, "We're at the finish line. We're not over the finish line yet. We've been working hard for a really long time. We feel like we've got everything where we need it to be."

A reminder for MLS all-stars in Chicago
It would be overly dramatic to say the Major League Soccer all-stars arriving Sunday are coming to save soccer in Chicago. The Chicago soccer community has always been strong, even while the pro game went dormant for several years.

Major League Soccer: Every team's greatest-ever player
With the MLS All-Star Game showcase vs. Real Madrid about to go down in Chicago, this seems as appropriate a time as any to conduct an exercise to attempt to name each Major League Soccer franchise's greatest-ever player.

MLS foundation is in place for football to flourish in the United States - The National
From Portland to Seattle on the United States Pacific Northwest coast to Atlanta in the south, New York in the north east and Toronto in neighbouring Canada, association football is booming.

D.C. United says it’s seeking additional investors but not selling the team - The Washington Post
D.C. United’s primary investor said Sunday that he is seeking additional partners but has no plans to sell his majority stake in the MLS organization. Erick Thohir, United’s general partner, told the Insider that he is “open to finding a good partner to make the club better.

Finally! MLS to launch Video Review, a project years in the making |
When Major League Soccer officially implements Video Review on Aug. 5, it’ll mark the beginning of a new era in MLS history – and it’ll shut the door on a three-plus year process that brought the groundbreaking system to the league.

Chicago Fire's Djordje Mihailovic has chance to shine at MLS Homegrown Game |
Before signing on as a Homegrown Player in January and making his MLS debut this season, Djordje Mihailovic had been hanging around the Chicago Fire for a while. The Lemont, Illinois native, son of a former NASL pro, joined the Fire academy in 2013 and gradually began training with the first team as well.

Armchair Analyst: Nigel de Jong wouldn't solve DC United's problems |
The first thing you probably think of when you read the name "Nigel de Jong" is some sort of overly physical play. It could be when he broke Stu Holden's leg, or when he broke Hatem Ben Arfa's leg. Or it could be when he tried to put his foot through Xabi Alonso's chest in the 2010 World Cup final.

United States:

Comparing Jurgen Klinsmann and Bruce Arena by the numbers - Stars and Stripes FC
Bruce Arena’s second tour as coach of the United States Men’s National Team has started off with an impressive fourteen game unbeaten streak. He’s secured the team’s sixth Gold Cup trophy and has them back on track for the World Cup next summer in Russia. But what exactly has Arena done differently than Jurgen Klinsmann?


Freddy Adu in line for Polish club Sandecja Nowy Sacz move against manager's wishes - ESPN FC
Former United States international Freddy Adu is set for a medical with Polish club Sandecja Nowy Sacz, despite their manager not wanting him. Adu, 28, was regarded as one of the game's brightest talents as a teenager but has since struggled to establish himself, playing for 13 different clubs in eight different countries.

Is Matic any better than Fellaini? Man Utd's £40m man must prove he's not in decline |
Jose Mourinho has been re-united with his former Chelsea pupil, but there are question marks over an ageing midfielder Antonio Conte was happy to sell

Swansea squad were driven 'mad' by Bob Bradley last season - Borja Baston - ESPN FC
Bob Bradley drove the Swansea players "mad" during his time in charge of the club, according to striker Borja Baston. Bradley, the former United States coach, became the first American to take over a team in the Premier League, but he lasted only 11 games as Swansea boss last season.