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Around The Forest: PSG will pay Neymar’s €222m release clause

Diego Valeri makes team of the week, what does David Villa really think about Real Madrid? And more!


Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri earns place in MLS Team of the Week (Wk 21) | Portland Timbers
On the road in Houston on Saturday, Portland Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri put on quite a show. With a goal (his 11th of the season) and an assist (his eighth) against the Dynamo, Valeri helped the Timbers earn a critical road point in the team's 2-2 draw.

Timbers Roots | Victor Arboleda's most treasured possessions and favorite food | Portland Timbers
Portland Timbers players come from a variety of countries and various parts of the United States. Different languages, different cultures. Timbers Roots takes a look at some of the origins of Portland players to learn more about where they came from before they were part of The Rose City.

Major League Soccer:

As USL league meetings begin, MLS2 clubs a hot-button issue |
United Soccer League announced an affiliation with Major League Soccer in 2013 that infused the league with talent, led to unprecedented expansion and ultimately led the United States Soccer Federation to award it provisional Division II sanctioning. Four years later, USL is contemplating its next progression of growth, one that will likely require altering and possibly dissociating itself from its MLS-owned clubs.

Having adapted some, Gregg Berhalter still believes in his possession style - Massive Report
The 2-2 draw with Real Salt Lake on the road wasn’t what fans have become accustomed to in a Gregg Berhalter-coached team. Yes, it was a much-needed result on the road, but the performance looked little like how the Black & Gold normally play.

Eight things of note from the MLS All-Star press conference | Atlanta soccer news
Eight things I learned at the press conferences featuring the manager Veljko Paunovic, captain Bastian Schweinsteiger and Michael Bradley of the MLS All-Stars and manager Zinedine Zidane and Toni Kroos of Real Madrid in Chicago on Tuesday.

DC United "working very hard" to improve roster during transfer window |
Two days after a Washington Post report linked D.C. United to a move for Dutch international and former LA Galaxy midfielder Nigel de Jong, coach Ben Olsen gave only a rough sketch of what has so far been a quiet summer transfer window for a struggling club.

Can MLS All-Star Nemanja Nikolic break the single-season record for goals? |
For the first time since Bradley Wright-Phillips tied the single-season scoring record in 2014, an MLS player looks like he has a real shot at breaking the league’s most prominent mark

Anti-Madridista? All-Stars full of praise for Real Madrid … except Villa |
For the last several days, nearly everyone in and around the MLS All-Star Team has offered up voluminous praise for Real Madrid, their opponents in Wednesday’s MLS All-Star Game, presented by Target (8 pm ET | FS1, Univision, TSN, TVAS). And with good reason: Los Blancos are the reigning European champions, a rare achievement they’ve claimed three times in the last four seasons.

Bastian Schweinsteiger: MLS should aim to be on Premier League's level in 10 years |
Chicago Fire star Bastian Schweinsteiger says MLS should aim to be on par with the Premier League and Bundesliga within the next decade.

Homegrown Team 2, Chivas Under-20s 2 | 2017 MLS Homegrown Game Match Recap |
Colorado Rapids defender Kortne Ford sent in a looping header in second-half stoppage time to lift the MLS Homegrown Team to a 2-2 draw with the Chivas de Guadalajara's U-20 Team in the 2017 MLS Homegrown Game presented by Energizer at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois on Tuesday.

United States:

Tournament of Nations, USA vs Japan: match preview and TV info - Stars and Stripes FC
The United States has had a rough time of it in their second mini-tournament go round this year. First they came last at SheBelieves in March. Now they’re struggling at the Tournament of Nations, falling to Australia and having to dig out of a hole of their own making in a crazy 4-3 game against Brazil. Next up: Japan.

ASN article: Jonathan Gonzalez, 18, off to Great Start with Monterrey
The Santa Rosa, Calif., native and U.S. U-20 midfielder made big strides during the Liga MX Apertura preseason and has worked his way into Monterrey's first team, earning three starts so far this season.


Neymar to PSG transfer: Player's representative confirms Ligue 1 club will pay €222m fee |
Neymar's representative Wagner Ribeiro has confirmed that PSG will pay the player's €222m release clause and expects a deal to be finalised this week.As revealed by Goal on August 1, the Brazilian briefly arrived at training to say his goodbyes, with Barcelona later confirming that he had asked to leave the club.

Euro 2017 shows a power shift across the board to Germany’s detriment | Football | The Guardian
The dominance of European women’s football by Germany, champions for the past six tournaments, may not be over but other teams, including England, appear to have caught up

England women’s national team goalkeeper Karen Bardsley played for 14 minutes with a broken leg -
Right around the hour mark of England’s UEFA Euro 2017 match against France, Three Lionesses goalkeeper Karen Bardsley suffered a leg injury, but she opted to play on. In the 75th minute, she realized she couldn’t continue and was substituted, but she kept one of the world’s best teams off the scoreboard while she was playing injured.