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Also: Play Anywhere shirts launch, An open letter to Patrick Vieira, Osorio getting looked at, FC Cincinnati help Save the Crew and more!

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Portland

Capsule collection of "Play Anywhere" shirts launch as 2018 Stand Together Week gets underway | Portland Timbers
Through Stand Together, the club’s community platform, the Portland Timbers and Thorns FC harness the power of sport to improve the lives of children and families by concentrating in four key areas: Activity & Wellness, Education, Environment and Diversity. “Play Anywhere” is Stand Together’s first collection of illustrated t-shirts.

Major League Soccer

#ThankYouPatrick: Vieira departs NYCFC for OGC Nice - Hudson River Blue
I don’t think any of us had actually prepared for it, despite all of the rumors. But sister club Manchester City has confirmed that New York City FC manager Patrick Vieira has departed the five boroughs to coach Ligue 1 side OGC Nice.

Warshaw: An open letter to Patrick Vieira as he departs NYCFC | MLSsoccer.com
Dear Patrick, It was 1998. I was 10 years old. My brother was doing a semester abroad in England and started to follow the Premier League closely. I wanted to be like my brother, so I copied him.

FC Cincinnati fans heading to Columbus to “Save the Crew” | WSYX
The goodwill visit has a second purpose: supporting the “Save the Crew” movement as the team’s ownership explores a move to Austin, Texas next year. FC Cincinnati fans are eager for an Ohio-based rivalry, after their team was awarded a Major League Soccer expansion franchise just last week.

Could FC Dallas land a Bayern Munich player on loan? - Big D Soccer
With the secondary transfer window less than a month away, silly season is already in full swing. The rumors include a player who is now on trial with FC Dallas, the prototypical ‘Clavijo Special’, and an interesting left back that would be a byproduct of the development partnership with Bayern Munich.

Bob Bradley on LAFC forward Adama Diomande: The best is yet to come - Angels on Parade
Turned out, Diomande was coming off a tumultuous run at Hull City in the English Championship and Premier League. The Norwegian international, however, had been a player for LAFC head coach Bob Bradley at Stabaek, and had hit 17 goals in 21 games there.

Report: Jonathan Osorio getting interest from European, Mexican teams | MLSsoccer.com
The Homegrown player, who scored his first career brace in league play on Friday in TFC's 2-0 win over the Philadelphia Union, is having a career year, winning the Concacaf Champions League golden boot this spring as that competition's top scorer and is currently just one goal short of his career high for single-season scoring in league play. He's also reportedly in the final year in his current contract with Toronto.

Report: San Jose Earthquakes close to finalizing deal for CB Guram Kashia | MLSsoccer.com
The San Jose Earthquakes could be in line to add a second Georgian International to their roster in central defender Guram Kashia, according to a new report. Joel Soria, editor in chief of the Quakes fan website Quakes Epicenter, reports a deal could be agreed to by the end of the coming week to secure Kashia from Eredivisie side Vitesse Arnhem.

United States

Recap USA 1-1 France: A determined draw for the USMNT - Stars and Stripes FC
Going into the final of two June European friendlies, the US Men’s National Team was looking to bounce back after a somewhat disappointing team performance against Ireland. While there were good individual showings in the game, as a team the US failed to secure a draw, much less come away from Dublin with a win.

Setting the Table: Week 14 — American Soccer Analysis
Welcome to Setting the Table. Each week we take some time to focus on the best chance creators in MLS from the last weekend. If you want to see the best chances that were wasted, check out Lowered Expectations. Here we focus on chances that ended with the ball in the back of the net.

Lowered Expectations: Week 14 — American Soccer Analysis
Welcome to Lowered Expectations, week fourteen edition! Each week, we go about posting chalkboards and GIFs of the weekend’s best open-play shot attempts which did not quite live up to expectations (and rarely do we update this paragraph). We look at each one and not only evaluate the results, but also the process leading to them.

World

2026 World Cup vote: United Bid and Morocco make pitches to CONCACAF
With two days to go until the FIFA Congress votes on who will host the 2026 World Cup, the bid teams from Morocco and the United Bid of Canada, Mexico and the U.S. have made their pitches to the 33rd CONCACAF Ordinary Congress.

Nike withdraws Iran World Cup squad's supply of boots due to sanctions
Iran's national team was always going to face a difficult challenge in trying to compete with more established nations at the World Cup, but suddenly there is a new obstacle for its players: what to put on their feet.

England 'aren't going to win' World Cup because of Tottenham players - Tony Adams
Former Arsenal defender Tony Adams has told the Sun that Tottenham Hotspur players do not know how to win and that he fears England's chances at the World Cup will be affected by their lack of success.