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Around the Forest: Mexico’s Jesus Gallardo sets World Cup Yellow Card record

Also: Seattle’s Frei under concussion protocol, San Jose sign Lima to new contract, what to expect with NYCFC’s new coach and more!

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PTFC World Cup Daily | Peru and Polo bow out of World Cup with win over Australia | Portland Timbers
“For the first time in 36 years” is a context Peru men’s national team has heard often over the last eight months, but judging by how Ricardo Gareca approached his team’s third game of the 2018 World Cup, the phrase hasn’t lost any of its value.

Major League Soccer

Atlanta United sign Argentine defensive midfielder Eric Remedi |
Atlanta United were in the market for a new midfielder, and on Tuesday they got their man, announcing the signing of Eric Remedi to a multi-year contract using Targeted Allocation Money, as a Discovery Signing.

Stefan Frei is in concussion protocol, Brian Schmetzer confirms - Sounder At Heart
Seattle Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer confirmed at training Tuesday that goalkeeper Stefan Frei is in the MLS concussion evaluation protocol following an elbow to the head from the Chicago Fire’s Alan Gordon in the dying seconds of Saturday’s match.

Warshaw: Here's what to expect from new coach Domè Torrent at NYCFC |
Domè Torrent opened his New York City FC tenure with a 2-1 win over Toronto FC on Sunday.

The victory is just the beginning. As Torrent told, “We have a good team. We are able to win MLS. "I won’t change many things because Patrick Vieira did a fantastic job,” Torrent said. “It’s the perfect philosophy, for me. But every week we introduce little changes because … in life, in general, you can always improve.”

Atlanta United's Darlington Nagbe out estimated 2-3 months due to injury |
Nagbe picked up the injury in the second half of Atlanta's 1-1 draw against the Portland Timbers on Sunday. The 27-year-old has made 17 MLS regular season appearances for Atlanta this season, all starts, and has racked up three assists. He was also named to the 2018 MLS All-Star Game Fan XI presented by Target on Monday.

San Jose Earthquakes sign fullback Nick Lima to new multi-year contract |
Lima, 23, is a Homegrown defender in his second season with the Earthquakes. He's made 38 appearances in MLS regular season play in that span, including 16 starts this year. The right back has scored three goals and two assists to date in league play.

Robles 'Floored' by Postgame Surprise | New York Red Bulls
Following Saturday’s match, New York Red Bulls captain and goalkeeper Luis Robles, who made six saves in the 3-0 win, found himself guided over to a capo stand in the South Ward. Standing atop the perch was his brother Angel Robles, a U.S. Army Major returning from his deployment in Afghanistan.

United States

Donovan and Dempsey are co-leading goal scorers - Stars and Stripes FC
Did you know that the U.S. men’s national team currently has co-leading goal scorers? You probably did, but either forgot or didn’t care because it – like everything else – is dwarfed by the monumental failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

Preseason Battle Preview: Keaton Parks - Stars and Stripes FC
Welcome to part four of the Summer Preseason Battle Preview. With European preseasons set to get under way in a few weeks, many young Americans will have opportunities to earn first team spots. I’ve already previewed the chances of Antonee Robinson, Matt Miazga and Josh Sargent. This time, we will focus on an American trying to make it in Portugal - Keaton Parks.

World Cup

World Cup: Gallardo sets yellow card record
It was less than a minute into El Tri’s final group stage match against Sweden on Wednesday when Mexico’s Jesus Gallardo made World Cup history. The game had barely kicked off when the fullback, who plays his club soccer for Monterrey, put in a lunging challenge on Sweden striker Ola Toivonen.

World Cup teams could have incentive to lose this week. Should they?
It is known as the Disgrace of Gijon. It’s the reason World Cup group deciders are now simultaneous and dizzying. And it might be the only case in World Cup history of a team losing on purpose.

Mystery Solved: What do players get when they win the World Cup?
Fame, glory, immortality, the gratitude of an ecstatic nation. The intangibles of what a player gets when they help their nation to a World Cup triumph are well understood. But what do players actually get when they achieve the honor of lifting the coveted Jules Rimet trophy at the end of the tournament?

African teams face worst World Cup performance since 1982
If Senegal fail to hold off Colombia in their last group game on Thursday and are knocked out of the World Cup in Russia, all five African representatives will have been eliminated in the worst return for the continent since the 1982 finals in Spain.

Marcos Rojo the unlikely hero as Argentina beat Nigeria to go through
Argentina defeated Nigeria 2-1 in a wild Group D finale, a result that propelled the Albiceleste into the knockout round at the Super Eagles' expense. Here are three thoughts on the match.

Philippe Coutinho not Neymar Brazil's most decisive player at World Cup - Kaka
Former Brazil international Kaka has hailed "protagonist" Philippe Coutinho as the Selecao's most decisive player at the 2018 World Cup and called for the national team to protect Neymar while he recovers from injury.