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Around The Forest: Christian Pulisic scores goal to open the Bundesliga

VAR makes it debut, David Accam staying in Chicago? Chelsea lose to Arsenal in Community Shield and more!


Diego Valeri's dreams, on and off the field, have come true in Portland - ESPN FC
Diego Valeri stands barefoot on the terrace overlooking the backyard and surveys his domain. The pool has already been dug out and is due to be filled in next week. The patio for barbecuing will go in the right-hand corner, under cover in deference to Oregon's rainy winters.

Portland, LA Galaxy agree: Video Review decided "key moment" in Timbers win |
Although Video Review technology was officially unveiled in league play this weekend, Sunday’s game was not the first time a 2017 Portland Timbers match turned on a play overturned via a video replay.

Major League Soccer:

MLS Disciplinary Committee fines LA Galaxy midfielder Romain Alessandrini |
The MLS Disciplinary Committee has fined LA Galaxy midfielder Romain Alessandrini an undisclosed amount for embellishment in the 31st minute of the match against the Seattle Sounders on July 29 (video above).

David Accam: Fire have "shown their commitment to me," aims for MLS Cup run |
David Accam’s future might not be completely settled, but the Chicago Fire winger continues to give his all for the Men in Red as they extended their unbeaten home record to 11 on Saturday with a record ninth victory in a row at Toyota Park.

David Villa's 1st MLS hat trick lifts New York City FC to bounceback win |
The New York City FC captain took his team on his back and scored his first career hat trick in a thrilling 3-2 win over the New York Red Bulls at Yankee Stadium Sunday evening. “It is important because today we need one goal more," Villa said. "It’s important because it gives to the team three points.”

New York Red Bulls' boss Jesse Marsch hammers referee after derby defeat |
Jesse Marsch has been outspoken about Major League Soccer referees, but the New York Red Bulls coach has been relatively quiet this year. That is until Sunday, when he was highly critical of veteran referee Baldomero Toledo following the Red Bulls' 3-2 loss to New York City FC Sunday at Yankee Stadium.

Armchair Analyst: New York is Blue, no D in Dallas & more from Week 22 |
New York City FC, following their 3-2 win over the visiting Red Bulls on Sunday, have officially clinched the season series – at worst they'll have won two out of three (the teams meet again on August 25th as part of the next Heineken Rivalry Week). This one was sweet for that reason, and sweet because it ended the New York Red Bulls' four-game winning streak, and sweet because it kept the Cityzens above the Red Bulls in the standings.

Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla wants to leave Montreal Impact - sources - ESPN FC
Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla has told Montreal Impact he wants to leave after the MLS club rejected several offers for his services, sources close to the player have told ESPN FC.

United States:

WATCH: Christian Pulisic opens scoring in German Supercup against Bayern Munich - Stars and Stripes FC
Christian Pulisic has gotten his season started in the best of ways, by scoring his first ever goal against Bayern Munich to give Borussia Dortmund a short-lived lead in the German Supercup.


The UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 final was the best soccer game of the summer -
Entering UEFA Women’s Euro 2017, the Netherlands were only fourth-favorites. The Oranje were only rated that high by the bookies because they were hosting the tournament. They finished bottom of their group at Euro 2013, then third in their group at the 2015 World Cup before losing in the Round of 16 and failing to qualify for the Olympics.

Chelsea supporters have no reason to panic despite loss in Community Shield - ESPN FC
As painful as it might be to lose to Arsenal in any type of football match, little should be read into Chelsea's defeat on penalties in last Sunday's Community Shield. The traditional curtain-raiser to the English football season might be a showpiece occasion but carries little weight in terms of the value of the silverware on offer

Manchester clubs to battle for Premier League title Chelsea Liverpool to miss top four - ESPN FC
With the new Premier League season upon us, Iain Macintosh puts himself on the line by predicting where all 20 clubs will finish the campaign.

Canadian Premier League: What we know so far about CPL soccer - Waking The Red
On Saturday, May 6, the Canadian Premier League became a reality with the Canada Soccer (CSA) board’s unanimous decision to formally endorse the league. After years of quiet planning and discussion, Canadian football fans finally have something concrete to look forward to.