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Around the Forest: Antoine Griezmann decides to stay at Atletico Madrid

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In His Words | Andy Polo's pride at being part of the team that broke Peru's 36-year World Cup drought | Portland Timbers
Portland Timbers midfielder Andy Polo is part of a Peru team that is making their first World Cup appearance in 36 year, having defeated New Zealand in an intercontinental playoff to become South America’s fifth representative at Russia 2018.

In His Words | David Guzmán's dreams for the 2018 FIFA World Cup | Portland Timbers
Portland Timbers midfielder David Guzmán and Costa Rica booked their place in the 2018 FIFA World Cup during the next-to-last game of CONCACAF qualifying, needing only a 1-1 draw at home against Honduras to clinch one of their region’s three spots. Down in the fifth minute of second-half stoppage time, the Tucos got a last-ditch goal from Kendall Watson to earn their Cup-qualifying draw.

From the North End to Russia | John Strong is ready to represent his Portland roots at the 2018 FIFA World Cup | Portland Timbers
“My career path was, I’ll be the Timbers radio voice in my 20s.” John Strong always knew what he wanted to do. “In my 30s, I’ll maybe transition to being to Timbers TV voice. Maybe in my 40s, I can make the leap to national broadcasting, because that’s normally a more typical career path.”

Major League Soccer

Osorio's former MLS players say he can take Mexico to World Cup success |
Anyone who played under Mexican national team coach Juan Carlos Osorio will tell you how he always used to jot down notes in his little spiral pad, using a red and blue pen to differentiate attacking players from defenders.

LA Galaxy sign veteran defender Sheanon Williams |
The team announced on Thursday the signing of veteran defender Sheanon Williams. Joining as a free agent, Williams will be available for selection on Friday for LA's U.S. Open Cup match against the Portland Timbers.

Warshaw: Which MLS player will have the best 2018 World Cup? |
When it comes to the question of which MLS player's team could advance the farthest at this 2018 World Cup, the gimme answer would be Belgium, but we aren’t sure if LAFC defender Laurent Ciman is actually on the Belgian roster – he’s the injury replacement in case Vincent Kompany isn’t ready to play, and Belgium won’t announce until 24 hours before their Monday opener – so, Alex, I'll go with:

Montreal's Piatti addresses trade talk: "If I'm the problem, I can go" |
Ignacio Piatti responded to recent discussions about the possibility of him being traded or transferred away from the Montreal Impact after Wednesday’s 3-0 win over Orlando City SC, professing his desire to stay in the City of Saints – as well as his willingness to depart if it’s in the best interests of the club.

Stejskal: Clavijo dishes on FC Dallas' 2017 lessons, summer transfer window |
FC Dallas don’t need to be reminded that a good run of results in March, April and May can mean next to nothing over the course of a full MLS season. After all, this time last year, FCD were the toast of the league. By the time the playoffs rolled around, they were on the couch

Pura Vida: Kendall Waston's journey to the World Cup (Part 1) | Vancouver Whitecaps FC
In the first of a three-part series on Kendall Waston’s journey to the World Cup, Waston and his family share the emotional story of his upbringing in Limón, Costa Rica.

San Jose Earthquakes acquire Georgian center back Guram Kashia via TAM |
A captain for both club and country, Kashia is a Georgia international who joins the Quakes from Dutch Eredivisie side Vitesse Arnhem. The 30-year-old center back will be eligible to play for San Jose after the MLS Secondary Transfer Window opens on July 10, pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and P-1 Visa.

Atlanta United's Josef Martinez nabs Week 15 AT&T Goal of the Week honors |
Josef Martinez is scoring goals at a pace effectively unmatched in the league’s history, and he’s racking up other milestones and honors along the way. His latest gong: Week 15’s AT&T Goal of the Week prize.

Atlanta's Hector Villalba confirms effort to switch eligibility to Paraguay |
Amid speculation about his international career, Atlanta United winger Hector Villalba confirmed Wednesday that he is in the process of switching national teams. In May, a report from Paraguay suggested that the Argentine-born Villalba was in the process of switching to the Paraguayan national team because his father was born in Paraguay.

10 Things About MLS veteran and two-time World Cup referee Mark Geiger |
Veteran MLS referee Mark Geiger is in Russia, the most experienced member of the five-member delegation of American and Canadian referees from the Professional Referee Organization (PRO) selected by the FIFA Referees Committee for the 2018 World Cup.

World Cup

Setting the Table: Week 15 - The World Cup Edition — American Soccer Analysis
This week I’m going to do something a bit different. Don’t worry, you’ll still get to see the top assists of the week (based on the quality of chance they create, rather than the awesomeness of the actual pass, a fact that seems extra evident this week), and you’ll still get gifs of fun goals. That said, with it being the beginning of the World Cup, I’m also going to take a look at some of the players MLS is sending to Russia and what stands out about them.

France 'had a laugh' about Antoine Griezmann's 'Decision' - Hugo Lloris
France captain and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris said his team enjoyed Antoine Griezmann's production of "The Decision," which resulted in the Atletico Madrid forward opting to stay with the club.

Russian police ordered to withhold news of thefts and killings during World Cup
Russia's interior ministry has ordered police to withhold news about thefts and killings from the media during the World Cup and instead report successes such as crimes being solved, two police sources said on Thursday.

2018 World Cup Predictions | FiveThirtyEight
FiveThirtyEight's World Cup forecasting model calculates each team's chances of winning each match and reaching each round.

Staff Picks: World Cup Predictions on the Pitch and in Fantasy - Never Manage Alone
I am sure that you have been devouring our coverage over the past few weeks, as well as peeking elsewhere. Admit it! (It’s o.k., really, just as long as you promise that we are your real, true love here.)

United States

Lowered Expectations: Week 15 — American Soccer Analysis
Welcome to Lowered Expectations, week fifteen 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.

Diego Maradona: Mexico doesn't deserve 2026 World Cup; U.S., Canada lack passion
Argentina legend Diego Maradona says he does not like the decision to have Mexico, Canada and the United States host the 2026 World Cup, decrying the countries' lack of success and passion for the sport.


Anthony Martial wants to leave Manchester United - agent | Football News | Sky Sports
Philippe Lamboley, director of USFA management, has told French media that United do not want to lose the France international but have not found an agreement with him over a new contract.

Report: PSG told to sell millions worth of players by end of June – ProSoccerTalk
According to multiple reports, UEFA has informed Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain that the club must raise a significant amount of money through player transfer sales by the end of June, or else they will face the wrath of Financial Fair Play sanctions.

PSG sanctions show UEFA financial fair play 'is dead' - La Liga president
La Liga president Javier Tebas said UEFA's financial fair play (FFP) programme is dead after the organisation decided to close the investigation into Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday without imposing severe punishment.