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Also: T2 player earns USL TOTW, Everton considering Patrick Vieira as manager, Alex Bono wanted by Club Brugge and more!


USL Team of the Week | Timbers defender Modou Jadama named to USL Team of the Week for Week 8 | Portland Timbers
Jadama scored the second goal in T2's 2-0 victory over Sacramento Republic FC on May 2 at Providence Park, before registering 11 clearances and winning 14 of 22 duels in a 0-0 draw against Saint Louis FC at Toyota Stadium on May 5. Jadama has made eight appearances (8 starts) for T2 in 2018, tallying one goal and leading the team with 56 clearances.

2018 Girl Strong Clinic | Stand Together | Portland Timbers
Stand Together and Thorns FC hosted their third annual Girl Strong Clinic at Providence Park! 100 local girls from 10 different nonprofits were treated to a day of empowerment, play and STEM programming alongside six Thorns FC athletes. Christine Sinclair, Midge Purce, Britt Eckerstrom, Meghan Klingenberg, Ifeoma Onumonu and Katherine Reynolds joined the girls in soccer drills, zero equipment fitness, empowerment exercises and a STEM workshop hosted by the Saturday Academy.

Major League Soccer

Report: Enner Valencia leaving Tigres UANL for either MLS or China |
Valencia, 28, is a pacey, deceptive frontrunner who earned Liga MX Best XI honors in last year’s Apertura season to help Tigres win the league championship. But he’s seen his role diminish during this year’s Clausura campaign, where Los Felinos crashed out in the first round of the Liguilla (playoffs) at the hands of Santos Laguna and fell to Toronto FC in the quarterfinals of the Concacaf Champions League.

Warshaw: Crashing the Red Wedding, or how NYCFC can break the RBNY press |
The New York Red Bulls pulverized NYCFC on Saturday afternoon. They went up 2-0 inside five minutes and NYCFC never looked like they had a chance in the eventual 4-0 blowout. After the game, NYCFC head coach Patrick Vieira didn’t hold in his frustration. He told reporters that he would have subbed all 10 field players at halftime if he could have. “If we want to keep doing well in this league,” Vieira said, “we have to change the attitude, because the attitude wasn't good tonight.”

Rumor: MLS teams eyeing Juventus veteran Stephan Lichtsteiner |
A key contributor of the current Juventus dynasty is set to move on, and it's rumored he could make a move to MLS this summer. Eurosport's Italian site reported on Monday that Stephan Lichtsteiner, who announced he would be departing the Serie A powerhouse at the end of the season, has had a couple of MLS clubs looking at him.

Report: Everton considering NYCFC's Patrick Vieira as next manager |
Just days after British media reports linked him to the Arsenal job, Patrick Vieira is being connected to the manager’s post at another English Premier League club. reported on Saturday that Everton FC are considering New York City FC’s head coach as the successor to their current boss Sam Allardyce.

Stejskal: Anthony Jackson-Hamel making case for bigger role in Montreal |
Montreal Impact forward Anthony Jackson-Hamel isn’t a big name, doesn’t pull in millions and certainly isn’t getting mentioned in any conversations with David Villa, Josef Martinez or Sebastian Giovinco. The 24-year-old isn’t even a regular starter for the Impact.

Emotional Sebastien Le Toux proud to end career with Philadelphia Union |
From netting a hat trick in the Philadelphia Union’s first-ever home game in 2010 to scoring the club’s first playoff goal the following year to scoring in his first game back in Philly in 2013 after spending the previous season elsewhere, Sebastien Le Toux was always a player who embraced the spotlight.

Houston Dynamo counting on Tomas Martinez to unlock opposing defenses |
Tomas Martinez caught Wilmer Cabrera’s eye at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Now the Argentine playmaker is an integral part of the Colombian coach’s lineup as the Houston Dynamo aim for a repeat trip to the postseason. There wasn’t much tactical mystery to the Dynamo’s success in their first year under Cabrera, when they reached the Western Conference Championship with a devastating counterattacking style that made full use of the speedy direct running of forwards Alberth Elis, Mauro Manotas and Romell Quioto.

Rumor: Belgium's Club Brugge interested in Toronto FC GK Alex Bono |
Alex Bono helped lead Toronto FC to a treble in MLS last season, and his efforts appear to have not gone unnoticed abroad. Belgian website Voetbal Nieuws reported on Tuesday that Club Brugge are clearing out their goalkeeper corps in the upcoming offseason, and are looking at Bono as a possible new No. 1 at the club.

Wayne Rooney in serious talks about signing with D.C. United - The Washington Post
English superstar Wayne Rooney is in serious talks about joining D.C. United this summer, sources told the Insider on Tuesday. Rooney, 32, has scored 10 goals for Everton in the Premier League this season — none since mid-December — after spending 13 years with Manchester United. He is the greatest scorer in English national team history with 53 goals in 119 appearances between 2003 and ’16 and is second on the Premier League career scoring charts (208) behind Alan Shearer (260).

Injury Update: Jozy Altidore | Toronto FC
Toronto FC announced Tuesday that forward Jozy Altidore underwent successful surgery to remove bone fragments from his foot earlier today in New York. Altidore is expected to be out of the line-up for the next 4-6 weeks.

Tenorio: Inside the dramatic, historic deal that brought Barco to Atlanta |
In a months-long negotiation that necessitated multiple trips to Argentina, more than a few stop-and-go discussions and plenty of near-misses, a call from Atlanta’s vice president of soccer operations Paul McDonough or another figure in the negotiations around prized target Ezequiel Barco usually meant something had gone wrong.

United States

Yanks Abroad: Miazga ends the season in style - Stars and Stripes FC
While we don’t have a whole lot of action to report from our Yanks Abroad, it is a fun time to follow leagues overseas. Promotion fights & relegation battles everywhere you look. It’s wonderful.


Barcelona's Sergi Roberto banned four games for striking Real Madrid's Marcelo in El Clasico
Barcelona defender Sergi Roberto has been banned four games by the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) after he was sent off for striking Real Madrid's Marcelo during El Clasico on Sunday.

Neymar-to-Real Madrid reports escalate, but Zinedine Zidane stays quiet
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane does not want the increasing speculation over a possible summer move for Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar to be a distraction ahead of the Champions League final.

Manchester United's Jose Mourinho: Michael Carrick to start final Old Trafford game
Michael Carrick will make his farewell appearance for Manchester United against Watford on Sunday, with manager Jose Mourinho confirming that the 36-year-old will start the game at Old Trafford after announcing his playing retirement.