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Also: Pep doesn’t have money, Elton Johns son playing soccer, Eryk Williamson picks up playing honors and more!


Inside PTFC | Five-match slide challenges Thorns FC to maintain strong mentality of the group | Portland Timbers
For the second time this year, Portland fans are dealing with a five-game winless streak, only when it happened on the men’s side, the slump was a little more explicable. Perhaps nobody picked the Timbers to close their first six weeks winless, but with a new coaching staff, significant squad changes, and five games away from home, there were reasons why the team got off to a 0-3-2 start.

USL Team of the Week | Timbers' Williamson named to USL Team of the Week Bench for Week 9 | Portland Timbers
Portland Timbers midfielder Eryk Williamson - on loan to Timbers 2 - was named to the USL Team of the Week Bench for Week 9 after recording his first professional goal, a stoppage-time winner, in a 1-0 win over Seattle Sounders 2 FC at Cheney Stadium on May 12.

Major League Soccer

Debut MLS goal speeds Eduard Atuesta's transition from Colombia to LAFC |
“A lot has changed,” the LAFC midfielder told in an exclusive interview about his life in MLS so far. “In Colombia, in my culture, with my family, I didn’t take much care of [things like] preparing my meals. My mom would take care of one thing or another.”

United's Abu Danladi improving, but not 100 percent | Duluth News Tribune
Minnesota United's Abu Danladi participated in Tuesday's training session in Blaine, but the second-year striker's right-ankle injury continues to hinder him. If he misses the Loons' game against first-place Sporting Kansas City at TCF Bank Stadium on Sunday, May 20, it will be five straight games missed for Minnesota's season-opening starter.

D.C. United's Segura (knee) sidelined at least six weeks | Reuters
Midfielder Ulises Segura, who has started seven of D.C. United’s eight games this season, sustained a right knee injury in practice Tuesday and will be out of action for six to eight weeks, the Washington Post reported.

Five Liga MX players MLS teams should target in the summer transfer window |
A couple of weeks ago, we offered up some Europe-based suggestions for MLS shoppers plotting a move in the summer market. This time, the browsing has traveled south of the border to Liga MX. Since the freebie bin is obviously smaller, this list will include a couple of pricier options. As Mexico is much closer to home, a few very familiar names headline this scouting report.

Stejskal: MLS clubs competing head-to-head for academy talent far from home |
He wasn’t yet old enough to drive, but even at 14, Jaylin Lindsey knew he needed to find a new road if he wanted to reach his full potential as a soccer player. It was 2014, and Lindsey was receiving regular call-ups to the US Under-14 national team.

Adrift in standings, Toronto FC focus on getting closer to full health |
Well adrift of the pace in the Eastern Conference so far, getting healthy is a priority for Toronto FC as they aim to make up ground over the coming weeks and months. With the injury list already lengthy, TFC were cautious with several players when they visited the New England Revolution on Saturday, holding Victor Vazquez (back) and Chris Mavinga (sports hernia) in reserve, while giving Gregory van der Wiel (ankle) the weekend off entirely.

Whitecaps will have tall order to fill without World Cup-bound Waston | The Province
Just three games remain before the Caps’ formidable centreback heads to Russia to join Los Ticos and his Costa Rican teammates for the World Cup, leaving the Major League Soccer side without the player who, arguably, is most integral to the squad’s success.

United States

Armchair Analyst: My US national team 2018 World Cup squad! |
Please note that I won't be making the mistakes of my predecessors and bringing in injured players, old players and (too many) guys who are in terrible club form. So that rules out Jozy Altidore, Aron Johannsson, Jordan Morris, Danny Williams, Kenny Saief, Geoff Cameron, Justin Morrow, Clint Dempsey, Omar Gonzalez, Tim Howard, Ethan Horvath, C.J. Sapong and Fabian Johnson. It should also rule out John Brooks and Bobby Wood but hey, beggars can't be choosers.

Fulham and Tim Ream one step away from the Premier League - Stars and Stripes FC
Fulham defeated Derby County, 2-0, in the second leg of the EFL Championship play-off semi finals, securing a 2-1 aggregate victory and bringing the club one step closer to a return to the Premier League. Ryan Sessegnon scored in the 47th minute and Denis Odoi’s well-placed header in the 66th minute sealed a spot in the final.


Pep Guardiola: Manchester City 'don't have the money' to spend big again
Pep Guardiola said Manchester City won't match their spending of the past two summers with just one or two players set to arrive before the new season. City have spent around £300 million since Guardiola took over in 2016, bringing down the average age of the squad.

Transfer news: Neymar will never win anything important at PSG, says Rivaldo |
Brazilian icon Rivaldo has expressed his view that Neymar will 'not win anything important', including the Champions League, if he stays at Paris Saint-Germain. Neymar has long been linked with a return to Spain since his move to the French capital, with Real Madrid his suggested location rather than a Camp Nou comeback.

Elton John's son has signed for Watford FC! - Smooth
Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John may only be seven years-old, but he has just signed a deal to join Elton John's beloved Watford FC. Elton must be proud of the fact that Zachary has joined Watford in their academy set-up. Speaking about Zachary and his five-year-old son Elijah, Elton said: "They’re thriving. They’re seven and five now. Zachary is incredibly into soccer. He plays for the Watford Academy team."

Port Vale plane finally takes to the air to mock Stoke City's relegation from the Premier League - Stoke-on-Trent Live
The “Port Vale plane” that was rumoured to be ready to fly over the bet365 Stadium just as Stoke City were relegated from the Premier League has finally shown up… a week late. The plane, trailing a banner proclaiming “We Stood There Laughing PVFC”, flew over the city this afternoon, circling both the bet365 Stadium and Vale Park, even though the Valiants finished their season a week ago and Stoke’s ends tomorrow 180 miles away in Swansea.