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Lots of transfer stories, the curious case of Gyasi Zardes, USL and NASL expand and more!

Portland:

Timbers, Thorns FC, Providence Health & Services partner to provide custom-designed baby blankets to newborns | Portland Timbers
The Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns FC, in partnership with Providence Health & Services, today announced a program to present custom-designed, club-themed baby blankets to the family of every newborn baby born at a Providence hospital in Oregon for the remainder of the 2017 calendar year.

Major League Soccer:

Seattle Sounders' move for Derlis Gonzalez unlikely to happen - source - ESPN FC
The Seattle Sounders' attempt to acquire Dynamo Kiev attacker Derlis Gonzalez is unlikely to get done before the close of the Major League Soccer summer transfer window on Wednesday, a source with knowledge of the negotiations told ESPN FC.

Report: Minnesota United to acquire Finlay from Crew – ProSoccerTalk
Columbus Crew added an attacking talent earlier Tuesday, and may be shipping another away to the Western Conference, according to FourFourTwo’s Paul Tenorio.

Los Angeles FC reaches deal with Real Sociedad to sign Mexico's Carlos Vela - ESPN FC
Los Angeles FC completed a deal to sign Mexico attacker Carlos Vela from Real Sociedad on Tuesday. The Spanish club said a deal in principle had been agreed earlier for Vela to join the MLS expansion club in 2018, before the player posted a video of himself in an LAFC hat and jacket.

As Appetite for Soccer in U.S. Grows, So Does M.L.S. - The New York Times
The league, which will add a new team in Los Angeles next year and is close to approving another in Miami, is vetting a dozen other cities for a planned expansion.

Dissecting the curious case of LA's Gyasi Zardes | Expected Goals | MLSsoccer.com
LA Galaxy attacker Gyasi Zardes has to be one of the most polarizing players in MLS history. The Hawthorne, California native announced his presence to the American soccer world by proclaiming: "My skill is going to blow your mind." After a promising rookie season in LA, Zardes started to show what he was talking about in 2014 when he scored 16 goals.

Real Salt Lake frustrated that results don't reflect the play on the field | MLSsoccer.com
A third draw on a three-game homestand full of offensive frustration has Real Salt Lake flummoxed as to why the scoreboard doesn't reflect the flow of play on the field. “Am I happy the way that we’re creating and playing right now, or do I wish we were playing like crap and scoring 3 or 4 goals a game?” Salt Lake head coach Mike Petke asked after Saturday's 0-0 draw against the Houston Dynamo.

Ballou Tabla misses training amid reports he is unhappy at Montreal Impact | MLSsoccer.com
Ballou Tabla was missing at Montreal Impact training Tuesday, fueling further speculation concerning the 18-year-old’s future at the club. Tabla’s failure to report came a day after an ESPN report claimed the Impact academy product was unhappy at the club and wanted to leave this summer for Europe, but that Impact were unwilling to enter transfer negotiations, despite having received several offers.

United States:

NASL announces club in SoCal; USL expands into Birmingham – ProSoccerTalk
In a day of (probably) inadvertent “Can you top this?”, both the North American Soccer League and the United Soccer League added new clubs.

USL continues expansion with Austin franchise – ProSoccerTalk
United Soccer Leagues (USL) added its second new franchise in as many days as professional soccer will return to Austin, Texas in 2019.

MLS, European vet Warshaw’s memoir is an exposed nerve – ProSoccerTalk
It’s a well-worn literary cliche to praise a book for taking the reader “behind the scenes” of something normally cloaked in secrecy or treated like an exclusive club.

World:

Jose Mourinho says Man United's pursuit of Gareth Bale is 'game over' - ESPN FC
Jose Mourinho has given up on his pursuit for Gareth Bale after the Welshman started for Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup on Tuesday. A day earlier, Mourinho had said Zinedine Zidane's team sheet in Skopje would provide a clue about whether Bale is in the Frenchman's plans for next season, and the United manager said he would "fight" to sign the 28-year-old if he was not.

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Chelsea’s Antonio Conte continues to demand more transfers – ProSoccerTalk
In short that’s what Antonio Conte wants as the manager of the reigning Premier League champions continues to be asked about adding to his Chelsea squad with just over two weeks left in the summer transfer window.

Alexis Sanchez to miss start of season through injury – ProSoccerTalk
Sanchez, 28, picked up an abdominal injury in training ahead of last Sunday’s FA Community Shield victory against Chelsea at Wembley and the Chilean forward will now miss Friday’s PL opener against Leicester City and is unlikely to make their trip to Stoke in Week 2 too.