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Timbers hiking boots, Real Madrid sign a 17 year-old, records broken in ATLUD’s drubbing of the Revolution.

Portland:

Danner releasing limited-edition Portland Timbers hiking boots | OregonLive.com
Footwear company Danner is teaming up with the Portland Timbers to release a limited-edition Timbers-themed hiking boot called the Timbers 600.

Major League Soccer:

MLS Review: Martinez leads Atlanta to record-equalling win | FourFourTwo
Josef Martinez helped Atlanta United equal an MLS record in a 7-0 thrashing of New England Revolution, while Vancouver Whitecaps moved top. Martinez scored a hat-trick at Mercedes-Benz Stadium as Atlanta equalled the largest margin of victory in MLS history.

Why a Whitecaps MLS Cup run is more likely than you think (see: 2015 Timbers) | FourFourTwo
The week before the 2017 MLS season started, I had to fill in one of those preseason questionnaires that editors love and writers hate, one asking for predictions about the coming campaign. Some combination of perversity, experience of the playoffs killing off favorites -- and instinct based on the trajectory of the team -- had me pick the Vancouver Whitecaps for MLS Cup. I hit send, and, full disclosure, promptly forgot about them.

Key MLS questions Who can stop Toronto Can Atlanta buck trend - ESPN FC
The MLS regular season is nearing completion and, while the usual suspects occupy most of the playoff spots, little has been settled and there have been surprises, in terms of which teams are uncomfortably close to missing the postseason.

DeGEORGE: Curtin must use final months to evaluate Union’s young talent
The Philadelphia Union are in a unique position in a season careening toward a fateful conclusion. No, not the part where they will miss the playoffs; that’s all too common, the sixth such failure in eight seasons. Or the part where they have just eight wins in 35 games. Or the “we traded our first-round pick for a guy who’s played 107 MLS minutes” part.

Toronto FC allows Galaxy fans to watch best team in MLS – Daily News
The best reason to watch the Galaxy game in Carson this weekend (7:30 p.m. Spectrum SportsNet) is not to see L.A., plumbing new MLS depths, but to take in all-conquering, MLS-leading Toronto FC, already being talked about as the best team ever in MLS.

How many MLS records were broken in Atlanta's 7-0 rout of New England? | MLSsoccer.com
Atlanta United’s 7-0 mauling of the New England Revolution on Wednesday night was a head-turning result on several levels, and it’s broken or equaled several MLS records. The rout’s final scoreline marks the biggest winning margin of the 2017 season to date, and makes Atlanta the first MLS expansion team ever to score seven goals in a game.

United States:

Why has the USMNT struggled during World Cup qualifying? - Stars and Stripes FC
As the United States moves towards the final two matches in the Hexagonal round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, its recent struggles have put the team in danger of missing out on the 2018 World Cup. We have also heard from pundits like Craig Burley of ESPN and former USMNT player Alexi Lalas of Fox Sports scream at the team and offer their assessment of the USMNT’s woes.

Pulisic ‘Not going to lose sleep about what Alexi Lalas says’ | Goal.com
Christian Pulisic has heard about what Alexi Lalas thinks about him and his United States international teammates. And the teenager does not really care what the retired U.S. defender has to say.

World:

Real Madrid set to sign 17-year-old Brazilian wonderkid Rodrigo Rodrigues on six-year contract | Goal.com
Real Madrid are on the verge of signing another teenage Brazilian prospect, Rodrigo Rodrigues, according to his current club's president. The attacking midfielder, 17, is yet secure a regular spot in the Gremio Novorizontino first team, but gained attention last year when he made his debut against Santos.

Betraying Man Utd, overweight in China - shameless Tevez is no 'player of the people' | Goal.com
The party is over for Carlos Tevez. For months the former Boca Juniors, Juventus and Manchester City striker had been treated with kid gloves by Gustavo Poyet at Shanghai Shenhua. Astonishing shows of indiscipline and apparent indifference for his Chinese employers passed without comment from his Uruguayan coach, even as awful results continued to push him further towards the exit.

World Cup 2018 referees can look forward to being shot at with flare guns - Howler Magazine
Russian hooligans demonstrated their brand of government supported violence at Euro 2016 and their racist ways just about everywhere else, prompting the Moscow Technological Institute to create a dorky robot to try and protect foreign visitors at next year’s World Cup.