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Kenny Saief’s summer isn’t getting any better, Houston DP Tomás Martínez wants more, Coutinho left out of Liverpool’s UCL Playoff squad and more..

Portland:

Quotes & Notes | Toronto FC 4, Portland Timbers 1 | Aug. 12, 2017 | Portland Timbers
Post match quotes and notes vs Toronto FC

Major League Soccer:

For Quakes’ academy and others, goal is global foothold for U.S. soccer - San Francisco Chronicle
Ivan Valencia knows exactly what he wants to do. “I want to pursue a professional soccer career,” the 18-year-old said. “I know I have the potential. I feel I’ve been a top player on every team I’ve played on.”

Dynamo’s Tomás Martínez eager for more after debut - Houston Chronicle
Signed to a Designated Player contract last month, Martínez debuted with a 28-minute shift in the Dynamo’s 3-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes. The 22-year old attacking midfielder said he noticed the heat and humidity because he is not used to either, but that the bigger objective is to catch up the speed of the game.

FIFA 18 Preview + MLS Broadcast Package - The Blue Testament
First, I want to fully disclose, I’m a FIFA fanboy. I’ve played this game off and on since I was a kid and really heavily over the last several years. I have never given KONAMI’s Pro Evolution Soccer series a fair shake and I may never.

FC Dallas teenager Paxton Pomykal has a good reason why he still lives with his parents | SportsDay
Sitting at a kitchen table in his family's home in Highland Village last spring, with two pocket beagles milling around his feet, Paxton Pomykal looked at his phone and shook his head. "It's ridiculous," he said. "My group messages are just blowing up over prom stuff."

Dynamo’s Tomás Martínez eager for more after debut - Houston Chronicle
Signed to a Designated Player contract last month, Martínez debuted with a 28-minute shift in the Dynamo’s 3-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes. The 22-year old attacking midfielder said he noticed the heat and humidity because he is not used to either, but that the bigger objective is to catch up the speed of the game.

Chants, huddles and a bell: Aspiring execs hustle for sales and a job in an MLS office - StarTribune.com
Alone in pro sports, Major League Soccer runs a training program for potential sales executives for its 22 teams. In an office at the sports complex in Blaine, recruits who are just out of college or early career changers learn about the sport, the MLS and compete with each other for job offers.

United States:

Kenny Saief to miss more time with stomach infection - Stars and Stripes FC
This summer can’t get much worse for Kenny Saief. It started off great when he was chosen to represent the United States with a call up to the Gold Cup roster. After debuting in a friendly July 1st against Ghana, he had to leave the team due to a groin injury.

Conspiracy Theory: MLS exists solely to weaken Mexico's national team - Howler Magazine
Every city has those corner stores or restaurants that always seem oddly barren. Nothing on the shelves, no customers, no attempt to draw people in—not even an indication that they’re actually open for business. And yet they continue to exist, usually because they’re a painfully obvious front for some nefarious purpose.

World:

Philippe Coutinho not included in Liverpool squad for Hoffenheim UCL clash - ESPN FC
Philippe Coutinho has been left out of Liverpool's squad for the first leg of their Champions League playoff tie against Hoffenheim on Tuesday. Coutinho, who has handed in a transfer request amid interest from Barcelona, missed Saturday's Premier League opener against Watford due to a back injury.

Youssoufa Moukoko 12 nets brace for Borussia Dortmund under-17s - ESPN FC
Twelve-year-old attacker Youssoufa Moukoko scored a brace for Borussia Dortmund's under-17s side in their first win of the season on Sunday.

Monaco's Kylian Mbappe could become a key man for PSG - Thiago Silva - ESPN FC
Kylian Mbappe would be a "very significant" player for Paris Saint-Germain if he joins from Monaco, Thiago Silva has told Canal+. Mbappe, 18, was an unused substitute for Monaco's win at Dijon on Sunday, fuelling speculation that he will leave the French champions.

BREAKING: Cristiano Ronaldo's suspension officially confirmed - Managing Madrid
After an interesting Spanish Super Cup for Cristiano Ronaldo, the official suspension has been handed down to the Real Madrid star. He will be suspended five games for Los Blancos after two yellow cards and pushing the referee in Real’s 3-1 win over Barcelona Sunday.