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Around the Forest: It’s official: Wayne Rooney signs for DC United

Also: Seattle looking to add talent, Beckham’s Miami team down to two names, Darlington Nagbe out for 2-3 months and more!

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PTFC World Cup Daily | David Guzmán and Costa Rica close Russia 2018 with result against Switzerland | Portland Timbers
For the second day in a row, Portland fans were left wondering if, ahead of a Timbers player's final World Cup game, their player would play. Only whereas Peru’s Andy Polo was left on the bench for a third game in a row yesterday, Costa Rica’s David Guzmán was in his team’s starting XI today. For the third game in a row.

Major League Soccer

DC United sign English star Wayne Rooney |
”It is fantastic to be joining D.C. United at such an exciting time in the club’s history with the new stadium opening in just a few weeks,” Rooney said in a team statement. ”Moving to America and MLS fulfills another career ambition for me. I have the hunger to be a success here and will give D.C. 100 percent – as I have always done for every team I have ever played for.

Wiebe: Why signing Wayne Rooney makes sense for DC United |
Wayne Rooney’s now-official transfer to D.C. United could check both boxes. It could check neither. It’s definitely got people talking, some for and some against what would be a big-money move with both significant upside and significant risk as the club prepares to open Audi Field just days after the Secondary Transfer Window opens on July 10.

Report: FC Dallas set to transfer Mauro Diaz to Middle Eastern club |
FC Dallas are supposedly close to completing an outbound transfer that could send shock waves across the MLS Western Conference, with The Athletic reporting on Wednesday (subscription required for full version) that FCD are preparing to transfer talented playmaker Mauro Diaz to a club in the United Arab Emirates.

Beckham's Miami MLS team name, GM, colors to be announced soon | Miami Herald
While South Florida soccer fans have been glued to the World Cup, David Beckham and his partners, eager to capitalize on that passion, have been working behind the scenes on their soon-to-be-named Miami Major League Soccer team.

New signings likely to be made before transfer window opens - Sounder At Heart
The secondary transfer window doesn’t open until July 10, but Seattle Sounders President of Soccer and General Manager Garth Lagerwey doesn’t think that fans will need to wait until then to learn about their new player, or players.

How will Atlanta United replace an injured Darlington Nagbe in the short-term? - Dirty South Soccer
Atlanta United has been bitten hard by the injury bug. The club announced on Tuesday that Darlington Nagbe will be out of action 2-3 months with a right adductor injury.

Columbus Crew Owners Release Austin Stadium Plan With Affordable Housing | WOSU Radio
The owners of Columbus Crew unveiled a new proposal for a Major League Soccer stadium in Austin, Texas, featuring a music performance space, parking garage, bicycle valet and up to 130 affordable housing units.

MLS Notebook: Pachuca after Christian Ramirez?
After a solid debut season in the MLS for expansion side Minnesota United, Christian Ramirez earned a call-up to the United States national team in January. Now, he could be preparing for a move from MLS if recent news points to anything.

World Cup

World Cup: Iran striker retires at 23 because criticism made his mother sick
Sardar Azmoun, a striker on Iran’s national soccer team, has opted for early retirement. Azmoun is just 23, but announced his decision to retire from international competition on Thursday.

Germany's World Cup failure met with schadenfreude from German newspaper
Die Mannschaft finished rock bottom of Group F after being beaten 2-0 by a South Korean side that had already effectively been eliminated from the tournament. Joachim Low’s team had opened its tournament by getting played off the park by Mexico and just barely managed a win in its next game against Sweden.

Brazil fans held a 'funeral' for Germany after World Cup flameout (Video)
Fans of the Brazilian national team will never be able to escape 7-1. They will never fully recover from that infamous 2014 World Cup semifinal loss to Germany. But their vengeful desires were, in an indirect and incomplete way, satisfied on Wednesday.

Swiss keeper nets crazy own goal defending Costa Rican penalty
Costa Rica may be going home after the first round of the World Cup, but the Ticos can at least go out with their heads held high after fighting back from behind to draw with Switzerland in their final match. Although the manner of the Costa Rican equalizer, which came deep into stoppage time, has left many commentators and soccer scribes scratching their heads as to how to describe it.

Argentina's Willy Caballero received threats to family after World Cup blunder
The Chelsea goalkeeper has broken his silence after his mistake which allowed Croatia to score their opener in the 53rd minute. Caballero attempted a scoop pass over Croatia's Ante Rebic but it fell directly to the winger, who sensationally volleyed over the keeper to give his side the lead.

Germany's Joachim Low set for talks about future after World Cup exit
Joachim Low is set for showdown talks with German FA chief Reinhard Grindel about his future as Germany coach following the group-stage exit from the World Cup.


Manchester United in advanced talks to sign Stoke's Lee Grant - sources
Manchester United are in advanced talks with Stoke to sign goalkeeper Lee Grant, sources close to both clubs have told ESPN FC. United have lined up a deal for former England Under-21 goalkeeper Grant to provide cover for David De Gea and Sergio Romero.

Liverpool's Naby Keita promises to provide fireworks in the No. 8 shirt
In Naby Keita, Liverpool feel they've finally found a worthy successor to Steven Gerrard. The £52 million new man is expected to provide the kind of explosive, box-to-box, match-winning midfield performances Liverpool have lacked since Gerrard was in his pomp. What's more, he'll be wearing the legendary skipper's No. 8 shirt while doing so.

U.S. president Donald Trump proposes Cristiano Ronaldo as head of state
United States president Donald Trump proposed Cristiano Ronaldo as a potential future head of state for Portugal, and also suggested he could join Vladimir Putin at the World Cup final in Moscow next month.