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Around the Forest: MLS Cup hangover

Also: FCD trades Maxi Urruti to Impact; several other trades happened; Josh Sargent scores on debut and more!

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Portland Timbers can build off of successful 2018 season |
Even though they didn’t raise a trophy in the 2018 MLS Cup Saturday night, the Portland Timbers had a successful 2018 season and should have a lot to build on as they turn their attention to 2019.

After MLS Cup heartbreak, Portland Timbers bullish on chances for 2019 |

Valeri to Timbers fans at PDX: 'It's all about them'
The Portland International Airport hosted a Timbers welcome-home party on Sunday to celebrate the team's return from its second MLS Cup appearance in 4 seasons.

Timbers defined by pride, search for perspective after disappointment in Atlanta | Portland Timbers

Major League Soccer

Orlando City sends Victor 'PC' Giro to Vancouver in exchange for third-round SuperDraft pick | Pro Soccer USA
Orlando City traded Brazilian left back Victor 'PC' Giro to the Vancouver Whitecaps in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft.

Sounders acquiring allocation money for Andy Rose’s MLS rights - Sounder At Heart
Vancouver Whitecaps would have ability to sign the Motherwell midfielder who is on a free this summer.

Atlanta United: MLS Cup champion raises bar in soccer-mad city |
Atlanta United's MLS Cup triumph was a crowning achievement on a still-nascent project that has shown the potential of what MLS can be.

FC Cincinnati trade for 2018 starter Spencer Richey |

Newcastle have transfer 'advantage' in race to sign Atlanta star Miguel Almiron | Daily Star
NEWCASTLE UNITED look to be in pole position to sign Miguel Almiron from Atlanta United.

Pity Martinez confirms he is leaving River Plate to join Atlanta United |

MLS commissioner on expansion ambitions: 'This is a big country' | Soccer |
Garber is encouraging MLS owners to consider investing in National Women's Soccer League teams.

FC Dallas trade forward Maxi Urruti to the Montreal Impact |

Eddie Johnson questions Jordan Morris' contract: 'What has he done?'
Former United States international Eddie Johnson took to social media on Friday to question Jordan Morris' new contract with the Seattle Sounders.

MLS offers both haven and hope for Latin American players - Los Angeles Times
Sporting Kansas City’s Roger Espinoza (you remember him right?) a former Honduran national team player who has followed the sad progress of the caravan of migrants from his homeland at the same time he’s led SKC through the MLS playoffs.

Colorado trade GK Zac MacMath to Vancouver for M Nicolas Mezquida |

Chicago Fire acquire attacker Fabian Herbers in trade with Philadelphia |

The long and short of Garber's MLS CUP Address
One of the biggest events of MLS CUP week buildup is Don Garber's MLS State of the League address. MLS is still growing, trending upwards in at...

Sporting KC Preseason and Season Start Early Sources Confirm - The Blue Testament
Not only will preseason start early, but it’ll be in Scottsdale for the duration instead of Tucson.

World Soccer

Why the hell would Real Madrid want Jose Mourinho back at the Bernabeu? |
Florentino Perez remains a fan of Jose Mourinho, who tasted La Liga title success during a previous spell with the Blancos, but his powers have waned since then

Transfer news: Cristiano Ronaldo says Juventus don't need Gareth Bale but admits Marcelo would be welcome |
Cristiano Ronaldo sees no need for Juventus to raid Real Madrid for the likes of Gareth Bale or Marco Asensio, but admits Marcelo may be a useful addition.

Josh Sargent scores on Werder Bremen debut, Club America advances | US Soccer Players
Josh Sargent made his debut for Werder Bremen and scored while Joe Corona's Club America advanced to the 2018 Liga MX Apertura final series.