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Around the Forest: Earnie Stewart to be named USSF General Manager

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Portland

Inside PTFC | Do the Timbers need to find another goalscorer? | Portland Timbers
Diego Chara’s reaction to Saturday’s game echoed his coach’s. Giovanni Savarese conceded his team had good chances, as did Sebastián Blanco, who described the team as “angry” they didn’t convert. Had you surveyed the entire Timbers locker room after Portland’s 1-1, Saturday draw with the LA Galaxy, you would have been unlikely to find anybody bemoaning the team’s lack of chances. They were there, especially in the first half. It was just a matter of doing more.

Major League Soccer

Rumor: Atlanta United possibly pursuing Argentinian midfielder Ivan Rossi | MLSsoccer.com
According to a tweet from an Argentine journalist Leonel Cerrudo, defensive midfielder Ivan Rossi is weighing Tata Martino’s club as a potential option. The 24-year-old Rossi has been with Argentine first-division side River Plate since 2016 after beginning his career at Banfield.

US Open Cup 101: Everything you need to know about the historic tournament | MLSsoccer.com
A year after Sporting Kansas City won their second championship in three years with a 2-1 win over the New York Red Bulls in the 2017 final, MLS teams will join this year's edition of the tournament that began with nearly 100 amateur, semi-pro and professional sides.

Warshaw: Which players need the US Open Cup the most? | MLSsoccer.com
For about 50 percent of the players in MLS, the best week of the year is coming up. Tuesday marks the first wave of U.S. Open Cup games for MLS teams. And for the guys around the league who aren’t starters, that means a rare opportunity to get on the field.

Friedel blasts New England Revolution's effort in US Open Cup ouster | MLSsoccer.com
“We broke a very important rule – when you go and play teams that are in lower divisions than yourself … you have to at least match their workrate,” Friedel said in an article on RevolutionSoccer.net. “It’s a very simple thing. We spoke about it for the last two days. We spoke about it right before we went out on the field.”

Whitecaps’ duo finds scoring touch, puts team back on solid ground | The Province
Cristian Techera and Yordy Reyna are scoring again, and however the goals have come, the most important thing is … the goals are finally coming. The two quicksilver midfielder/forwards were conspicuously absent from the scoresheet in the first few months of the season.

Baer: After 6-game winning streak, what has gone wrong for Orlando City? | MLSsoccer.com
After rattling off six consecutive wins, Jason Kreis' team has lost four straight and sit just one point ahead of the Philadelphia Union for the final playoff spot. Of course, securing that playoff berth is the top priority for a club that has yet to reach the postseason in its first three MLS seasons.

Seltzer: Counting down the 10 biggest MLS stars in the US Open Cup | MLSsoccer.com
As MLS teams get ready to enter the always exciting Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup fray, we decided to take a stroll down memory lane to identify the tournament's biggest stars during the MLS era.

Previewing Wednesday's early Fourth Round US Open Cup matchups | MLSsoccer.com
It’s Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup time for Major League Soccer teams and all 20 United States-based teams are in Fourth Round action on Tuesday and Wednesday. Here’s a look at Wednesday’s early matchups:

United States

Earnie Stewart set to leave Union, become U.S. men's national team general manager - Philly
Union sporting director Earnie Stewart is expected to be announced Wednesday afternoon as the U.S. men’s soccer team’s first general manager. The U.S. Soccer Federation issued an advisory Wednesday morning for a 2 p.m. unveiling of the GM hire. Multiple sources said the announcement will be about Stewart.

Own Goal: The Inside Story of How the USMNT Missed the 2018 World Cup - The Ringer
The players smelled it. In the locker room at halftime, the stench of impending failure hung as heavily as the humid Caribbean air. Try as he might, U.S. men’s national team head coach Bruce Arena could not keep the desperation from creeping into his voice.

World

World Cup 2018 Marvel Comic
It might not be part of the traditional comic book universe, but Marvel is lacing up its boots to bring you the epic stories, big heroes and mega-villains in Russia this summer.

Jose Mourinho hopes Nemanja Matic Serbia exit World Cup early
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is hoping Serbia make an early exit from the World Cup so Nemanja Matic can have a holiday. Mourinho has predicted Brazil and Switzerland will qualify from Group E so Matic, who will be part of Serbia's squad in Russia, can have an extended break before the new season.

Sergio Ramos claims that Mohamed Salah could have played on are wrong - Egypt boss
Egypt manager Hector Cuper has questioned Sergio Ramos' comments about whether Liverpool attacker Mohamed Salah could have played on with an injured shoulder in last month's Champions League final and said the Real Madrid captain should accept the diagnosis of actual medical professionals.