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Around The Forest: New York Red Bulls make a comeback headed to USOC finals

USMNT defender John Brooks goes down with a thigh injury, Kellyn Acosta isn’t going anywhere this summer and more!


Major League Soccer:

Sabetti: Summer transfer signings hit the ground running across MLS |
With around only 10 matches remaining in the MLS season and playoff races heating up, many of the signings from the summer window which closed last week have already entered the fray. Last weekend, we saw nine summer acquisitions make their debuts.

Whitecaps FC midfielder Matías Laba injury update | Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC confirmed on Tuesday that midfielder Matías Laba suffered an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear in his right knee during the first half of last Saturday's match at New England Revolution.

Are the Montreal Impact due for some regression? | Expected Goals |
The Montreal Impact are flying high after a 3-0 win at Talen Energy Stadium on Saturday night, putting them just five points behind Columbus Crew SC with three games in hand. The win was Montreal's second straight against an Eastern Conference opponent and the three goals gave them 35 on the season while their 1.59 goals-per-game average puts them in the top 10 in MLS.

Stejskal: Dallas not planning a Kellyn Acosta transfer during summer window |
The FC Dallas and US national team midfielder has been the subject of transfer rumors in recent months, reportedly drawing the attention of German club Schalke and Belgian side Anderlecht in April. But FC Dallas president Dan Hunt told on Monday that the club has not received any formal offers for Acosta this summer.

New York Red Bulls revel in "huge moment" after USOC semifinal comeback |
For the first time since 2003, the New York Red Bulls are in the U.S. Open Cup Final, with yet another chance to win the first cup trophy in the franchise’s history. And if there was ever any doubt of the importance of that, there shouldn't be after Tuesday's performance.

Castillo: Poignant tifo this weekend connect MLS fan family |
Yesterday morning, I started to go through our occasional “tifo roundup” of the best fan art displayed in the stands over the weekend, but had to pause. Everyone should go check out Toronto FC supporters’ Godfather-themed creation dedicated to their winning head coach, Greg Vanney. But two more significant entries stand out for their poignancy, and in how they represent some of the best parts of the MLS fan community.

United States:

John Brooks ruled out for at least three months with a thigh injury - Stars and Stripes FC
United States center back John Brooks will miss at least three months with a right thigh injury. Brooks suffered this injury in his competitive debut for his new club Wolfsburg after completing a U.S. international record transfer fee move from Hertha Berlin.

2026 World Cup bid committee unveils shortlist of 44 potential host cities |
The United Bid Committee of the United States, Mexico, and Canada announced on Tuesday that it has officially begun an outreach for cities to declare their interest in serving as host sites for the 2026 World Cup. The group declared its intention to bid jointly on the tournament this past April.

Bundesliga transfer news: Pulisic staying at Dortmund despite Liverpool talk |
Christian Pulisic insists he is staying at Borussia Dortmund despite being aware of speculation linking him with a move to Liverpool. Already an international regular for the United States at the age of 18, Pulisic has made a rapid rise to prominence.


Barcelona transfer news: Philippe Coutinho & Ousmane Dembele pursuit shows dirty transfer tactics being taken to extreme levels |
It is one of the worst-kept secrets in football. Tapping up of players has existed as long as transfers themselves and, even though it is against the rules, it happens all the time. This summer, however, Barcelona are taking the practice to extreme levels.

Hoffenheim boss Julian Nagelsmann disputes Jurgen Klopp analysis - ESPN FC
Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann has rejected Jurgen Klopp's claim that Liverpool kept the Bundesliga side under control throughout their Champions League playoff first leg on Tuesday

Real Madrid fans plan Super Cup protest against officials after Cristiano Ronaldo ban - ESPN FC
Real Madrid supporters are planning a white-handkerchief protest for Wednesday's Spanish Super Cup second leg at home to Barcelona after Cristiano Ronaldo was hit with a five-match suspension.