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Iniesta denies contract extension, Orlando Pride reschedule match and more!

Portland:

Timbers, Thorns FC join Trail Blazers, Winterhawks and Hops on disaster relief and recovery in Oregon and around country | Portland Timbers
With disaster response and relief efforts happening in their own communities and across the country, the Portland Timbers (MLS) and Portland Thorns FC (NWSL) have banded together with the Portland Trail Blazers (NBA), Portland Winterhawks (Western Hockey League) and Hillsboro Hops (Northwest League) to raise much-needed funds and blood donations to channel through the American Red Cross. This is the first joint-philanthropic initiative among the five local professional franchises focusing on a specific cause – to bring aid to victims of Oregon’s wildfires, Hurricane Harvey in Texas, and the potential impact of Hurricane Irma in Florida.

Major League Soccer:

New York City FC's Jack Harrison: No regrets over Man United exit - ESPN FC
New York City FC attacking midfielder Jack Harrison says he is reaping the rewards of his gamble to leave life alongside Marcus Rashford at Manchester United and head to the United States.

New England's Kei Kamara wis Alcatel MLS Player of the Week for Week 26 | MLSsoccer.com
Kei Kamara notched the first hat trick of his MLS career on Saturday night, scoring the first three goals in the New England Revolution’s dominant 4-0 home win against Orlando City SC. On Tuesday, he received a little love for the performance, when it was announced that the 33-year-old striker was voted Alcatel MLS Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for Week 26 of the 2017 season.

'No Other Home': Read part of Matt Besler's upcoming book | MLSsoccer.com
In March of 2016, Sporting Kansas City defender Matt Besler suffered his first and only concussion to date while training with the US men’s national team. The injury kept him away from the field for about three weeks, and as he recuperated, he finally found enough time to contemplate his life and career, without the pressure of training.

NWSL:

Orlando Pride reschedules match due to Hurricane Irma – ProSoccerTalk
With Hurricane Irma charging west on a path towards Florida, sports teams are taking notice. The Orlando Pride is the latest club to reschedule a match, moving its originally scheduled game on Saturday against the Seattle Reign to Thursday. It will take place following an Orlando City B match on Thursday afternoon.

United States:

Report: U.S. Soccer rejects NASL’s DII application | SBI Soccer
The American Soccer Pyramid is reportedly losing a second division league. The provisionally second tier North American Soccer League saw it’s application to remain at that level rejected by the U.S. Soccer Federation, according to FiftyFive.One.

USA at Honduras, 2018 World Cup qualifying: Final score 1-1, Wood nabs a late equalizer - Stars and Stripes FC
The U.S. Men’s National Team traveled to San Pedro Sula, Honduras looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2-0 defeat at home to Costa Rica on Friday night. As in the last away match in Mexico, Bruce Arena made seven changes to his lineup opting for a more defensive set up and sitting Tim Howard for goal kick specialist Brad Guzan. Amidst the Vuvuzelas, mid-afternoon heat, and uncut grass of the Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano the USMNT struggled but never gave up and came away with a point in the match.

CONCACAF World Cup qualifying standings: USA sits fourth - Stars and Stripes FC
The United States men’s national team finds itself in a three-way battle royal for the final 1.5 spots in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying. After a struggle to claw an away point from Honduras and a Panama win over Trinidad & Tobago, the U.S. have fallen to fourth in the Hexagonal table.

World:

Andres Iniesta: No agreement in place over new Barcelona contract - ESPN FC
Andres Iniesta has contradicted Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu, and denied that there is an agreement in principle for him to extend his contract at the Camp Nou beyond its expiry at the end of the season.

Manchester United withdraw Phil Jones appeal to UEFA - sources - ESPN FC
Manchester United have withdrawn their appeal over Phil Jones' UEFA ban, sources have told ESPN FC. It means the defender will miss United's first Champions League group game against Basel at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

PSG and Neymar 'peeing' in the 'swimming pool' - La Liga president Javier Tebas - ESPN FC
La Liga president Javier Tebas has continued his attack on Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City for what he called "financial doping," saying Neymar and PSG were "peeing" in the "swimming pool" by completing a world-record €222 million move from Barcelona.

Jose Mourinho: Manchester United boss aims fresh jibe at Arsene Wenger by suggesting Arsenal are 'ready for failure' | Goal.com
Jose Mourinho has aimed a fresh jibe at Arsene Wenger by suggesting Arsenal are “ready for failure” due to his continued presence at the club. The Manchester United boss has been defending suggestions he is a short-term manager, insisting he always prepares clubs for success.

What next for Philippe Coutinho and Liverpool? A lesson from the Luis Suarez saga | Goal.com
On deadline day in the off-season three years ago, the “definitive stance” Liverpool stuck to with Philippe Coutinho in the transfer window just past was already one of the scenarios fighting for space in Steven Gerrard’s head.