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Portland

The Other Portland Got Dragged into the Timbers-Sounders Rivalry, and They’ve Chosen a Side - Willamette Week
The eyes of the soccer world are currently transfixed on the World Cup, which means the Major League Soccer season is currently on hold. But rivalries never take time off, not even in the 28th ranked football league in the world.

Major League Soccer

Patrick Vieira departs NYCFC to join French side OGC Nice | MLSsoccer.com
After weeks of rumors and reports, New York City FC made it official on Monday morning, announcing that head coach Patrick Vieira is leaving the club to join French side OGC Nice, effective immediately.

Recap: Houston Dynamo vs. Minnesota United FC 06/19/2018 | Matchcenter
Mauro Manotas scored the winning goal just after the restart, as he headed in Adam Lundqvist's corner kick for the Dynamo. Minnesota sought to knot up the match, and received a lifeline in the dying minutes, as Lundqvist conceded a penalty for a push on Miguel Ibarra in Houston's box. But Darwin Quintero's penalty attempt clanged off the post, and the Dynamo held on at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Report: Former Brazil coach Scolari, ex-Lion Kaká linked to Orlando City | MLSsoccer.com
After firing Jason Kreis on Friday, the Lions are currently led, for now, by interim coach Bobby Murphy. But it appears to be only a matter of time before the club identifies new leadership that can take Orlando into the MLS elite where their fans and ownership clearly believe they belong.

Healthy Players’ Returns Are Exactly What Orlando City’s Back Line Needs - The Mane Land
As most Orlando City fans know, the defensive portion of the starting 11 has been different almost every week this season. Injuries and suspensions have not helped by any means with the likes of Jonathan Spector being out with injuries for most of the season, but some good news came through a few days ago that may finally show the light at the end of the tunnel for the back line issues that Orlando has dealt with.

NYCFC youngster eyes breakout chance with Patrick Vieira gone
With Patrick Vieira no longer in charge at New York City FC, Domenec Torrent’s arrival signifies a new beginning for all players — even those buried deep on the depth chart. One of those reserve options, Jonathan Lewis, could largely benefit from a fresh start.

Counting down the five best US Open Cup games involving MLS teams | MLSsoccer.com
MLS clubs are now fully in the swing of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, a tournament that has served up its fair share of wild spectacles since the league first joined the fray in 1996.

World Cup

MLS-based referee crew selected for Portugal-Morocco World Cup match | MLSsoccer.com
Three of the five MLS-based referees at the 2018 World Cup in Russia have been selected to officiate the Portugal vs. Morocco match at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, FIFA announced on Monday.

Wiebe: World Cups changed my life, and in 2026 one happens here - I'm ready | MLSsoccer.com
In 2010, I was living in Kansas City. I know exactly where I was – The 810 Zone on the Plaza, if you must know – on the morning of December 2 when Qatar was awarded the 2022 World Cup at the United States’ expense. I can still feel the pit in my stomach and the mouthful of proverbial sand that rendered me speechless when Sepp Blatter triumphantly raised the card aloft.

World Cup 2018 Day 5 winners and losers: New-look England in more ways than one
It was one of those games that turns proper nouns into verbs. Ninety minutes had come and gone in Volgograd on Monday, and England, in its 2018 World Cup opener, a game that was supposed to mark the dawn of a new era, was … well, there was only one way to succinctly describe it.

Neymar limps out of Brazil World Cup training with apparent injury (Video)
Brazilian superstar Neymar limped away from a small training game on Tuesday with what appeared to be some sort of lower body injury. Neymar, who is still working his way back to 100 percent from a foot injury suffered in late February, was seen grimacing as he left the field in apparent frustration:

Colombia opens World Cup with damaging loss to Japan after early red card
The Colombians, widely considered Group H favorites, were a goal down and a man down after just five minutes in their opener. Midfielder Carlos Sanchez was shown the second-quickest red card in World Cup history for what referee Damir Skomina ruled a deliberate handball on a goalbound shot in the penalty area.

Mexico's Carlos Vela announces grandfather died after watching historic upset of Germany
Carlos Vela played 58 minutes during Mexico’s seismic upset of Germany in World Cup play on Sunday. The 29-year-old forward, an integral part of Mexico’s attack, earned high praise from head coach Juan Carlos Osorio after the game.

United States

Armchair Analyst: Well, you asked for it: The 2026 USMNT roster | MLSsoccer.com
There are a million reasons to be excited about the United Bid, between the US, Canada and Mexico, that last week won the right to host the 2026 World Cup. I am old enough to remember the 1994 World Cup and how it turbo-charged the game here, and that's one reason. We should all remember the 2016 Copa América, and the joy of watching some of the world's greatest teams performing on these shores, and that's another.

Walter Bahr, last remaining member of U.S. 1950 World Cup squad, passes away - Stars and Stripes FC
Former United States Men’s National Team defender and captain Walter Bahr passed away today in Boalsburg, Pennsylvania. He was 91 years old. According to his granddaughter, Lindsey D. Bahr, he died as the result of complications from a broken hip.

FIFA should give U.S., Mexico and Canada automatic qualification to 2026 World Cup - Stars and Stripes FC
When the United States, Mexico, and Canada’s United Bid won the rights to host the 2026 World Cup last week, there was a ton of excitement all across North America that the world’s biggest tournament was returning to these shores.

World

Nabil Fekir transfer from Lyon to Liverpool is not dead - agent
Earlier this month, a Liverpool source told ESPN FC the club were confident of sealing a €60 million deal for the France midfielder, one of Lyon's standout performers as they finished third in Ligue 1.

Transfer Rater: Aleksandr Golovin to Chelsea, Eden Hazard to Real Madrid
Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the Whisper.

Barcelona to probe Gerard Pique and Samuel Umtiti roles in Antoine Griezmann decision
Barcelona will speak to Gerard Pique and Samuel Umtiti over their involvement in Antoine Griezmann's decision to turn them down and renew his contract with Atletico Madrid. Pique's company produced the documentary in which Griezmann rejected an offer to sign for Barca, while Umtiti publicised the airing of the programme via social media.