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MLS WORKS awards Embrace Oregon 2017 Community MVP grand prize |
MLS WORKS announced during halftime of the 2017 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target on Wednesday the 2017 MLS WORKS Community MVP, Keith Palau. Palau, the Portland Timbers community representative, won a $25,000 check from MLS WORKS and Wells Fargo for Embrace Oregon.

Major League Soccer:

SoccerAmerica - Lalas: MLS is starting to win the hearts and minds 08/02/2017
Two years after the introduction of Targeted Allocation Money, MLS has changed. The depth of talent is evident in the many players passed over for selection to the MLS All-Star Game. Fox Sports 1's Alexi Lalas talked with Soccer America about what accounts for the change.

Major League Soccer's all-time all-name team
When the Chicago Fire signed Bastian Schweinsteiger, they not only brought in one of the most famous names in the world of soccer football, but also one of the best names.

Sounders’ Cristian Roldan remembers the sacrifices his parents made in Pico Rivera | The Seattle Times
Cristian Roldan’s father, Cesar, and mother, Ana, each left civil-war ravaged Guatemala and El Salvador, respectively, to start over in the U.S. They met soon after, married and moved to a town east of Los Angeles, where they raised Roldan and two other sons.

#MLSRank 10-1: David Villa and Sebastian Giovinco go down to the wire - ESPN FC
ESPN FC is ranking the top 30 players in MLS for the 2017 season in our #MLSRank feature. Here's the top 10.

MLS, Adidas agree six-year partnership that will run through 2024 season - ESPN FC
Major League Soccer and Adidas announced on Wednesday that the league and sportswear giant have agreed to a new six-year partnership that will run through the 2024 season.

Real Madrid's Borja Mayoral named 2017 MLS All-Star Game MVP |
Borja Mayoral was named MVP of the 2017 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target, as he scored the opening goal in Real Madrid's win over the All-Stars at Soldier Field in Chicago on Wednesday.

D.C. United targeting Chilean defender Gary Medel - The Washington Post
In search of a tenacious figure to step into the heart of a struggling lineup, D.C. United has turned attention to Inter Milan’s Gary Medel, a Chilean national team starter at two World Cups. Medel, who turns 30 on Thursday, has moved ahead of Dutch hardman Nigel De Jong on United’s target list, the Insider learned late Wednesday

Zinedine Zidane praises MLS level of play as Real Madrid cap off US tour |
Head coach Zinedine Zidane, aiming to prepare his side to repeat as La Liga champions and to go for a third consecutive European Champions League title in the coming season, took a few moments to reflect on the tour, soccer in the US and MLS after Wednesday's match.

United States:

Miami FC 0, FC Cincinnati 1 | 2017 US Open Cup Match Recap |
FC Cincinnati of the USL became the first lower-division team to reach the U.S. Open Cup semifinals since 2011, when they defeated NASL's Miami FC 1-0 at Riccardo Silva Stadium in the 2017 quarterfinal round.


La Liga refuses to accept PSG cash for Barcelona's Neymar - ESPN FC
La Liga has refused to accept a €222 million payment from Paris Saint-Germain to trigger Barcelona star Neymar's buyout clause, the Spanish league confirmed to ESPN FC.

Premier League bans elaborate pitch designs for 2017-18 season - ESPN FC
The Premier League has announced that unusual pitch patterns and designs are no longer permitted. Leicester City -- who cut a club badge into the pitch last season -- and Southampton have produced a number of unique patterns in recent years.

Chelsea striker Diego Costa's lawyer to demand Atletico Madrid move - ESPN FC
Diego Costa will not play again for Chelsea and will only join Atletico Madrid, according to the Spain international's lawyer Ricardo Cardoso, who says his client is to formally submit a transfer request to the Premier League club.

Arsene Wenger - Alexis Sanchez will 'accept' he must see out Arsenal contract - ESPN FC
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says Alexis Sanchez will respect the club's decision that he will not be sold this summer, and confirmed that fellow forward Lucas Perez is set to leave the Emirates Stadium after just one season.