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Timbers/Thorns

#StatMan Three | Asprilla's U.S. Open Cup goal feels like deja vu for Portland | Portland Timbers
The Portland Timbers ran their undefeated streak in all competitions to eight games as they defeated the San Jose Earthquakes 2-0 Wednesday at Providence Park in the Fourth Round of the 2018 U.S. Open Cup. Here are three key #StatMan takeaways from the match.

Inside PTFC | Taking inventory of the lessons from an eye-opening Thorns loss | Portland Timbers
Put it in the history books and move on. That’s what many around Portland Thorns FC might want to do about last week’s result – a three-goal, home loss to the league-leading North Carolina Courage – but the shock result serves as a barometer.

Major League Soccer

Warshaw: Five young players who impressed in the Open Cup this week | MLSsoccer.com
One of the best parts of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is seeing new names, particularly young players, get on the field for MLS clubs. The Open Cup generally marks the last step on the pathway between the youth ranks and reserve sides to the first team. If you show well in the Open Cup, then you earn more time in MLS play.

NYCFC's Yangel Herrera ruled out for the season after ankle surgery | MLSsoccer.com
The Venezuelan international sustained the injury in a 3-1 defeat to the Houston Dynamo on May 25 and missed NYCFC’s past two games. His extended absence presents coach Patrick Vieira with a hole to fill in deep midfield.

Cup Cinderellas Nashville SC eye clash with expansion siblings Cincinnati | MLSsoccer.com
Impressive as Wednesday night's U.S. Open Cup upset win over the Colorado Rapids was for Nashville SC, it was only the latest milestone for a soccer city that continues to take significant steps forward. It's been quite a run over the last several months for Music City, which until this year did not even have a fully professional soccer team.

As Nice rumors swirl, Patrick Vieira insists he's focused on task at hand | MLSsoccer.com
“I will be honest with you. I have so many things on my plate,” Vieira said after training Thursday. “We lost a big game [against the Red Bulls] because I really wanted to go as far and at least pass this first round that we didn’t do. We have a massive game, I would say, maybe one of the most important games so far in the season against Atlanta. My priority and what I really want is to put my head into that game because it is a big game for us.”

Jesse Marsch: Red Bulls "at the forefront" of player development in the US | MLSsoccer.com
The New York Red Bulls haven’t won an MLS Cup title, or a U.S. Open Cup crown for that matter. And they aren’t currently atop the Supporters Shield standings. But Red Bulls coach Jesse Marsch has no doubt about where his club stands in terms of developing players.

Despite scoring drought, Remi Garde is not worried about Ignacio Piatti | MLSsoccer.com
The Montreal Impact's recent offensive struggles become easier to understand in the context of Ignacio Piatti's silence on the scoresheet. Montreal ended a four-game stretch without a goal with a 1-0 win against the Houston Dynamo on Saturday, but Piatti was held without a goal or assist for a fifth consecutive game.

Armchair Analyst: Your complete guide to the Week 15 MLS slate | MLSsoccer.com
In to Week 15, which marks the final weekend before the World Cup break. Bear in mind that a bunch of teams are in a crazy busy stretch – Real Salt Lake, for example, are grinding through an absolutely brutal five-games-in-15-days run – which can/will undoubtedly lead to some squad rotation.

Indepdendent Panel rejects appeal of Alejandro Bedoya's red card | MLSsoccer.com
Alejandro Bedoya will have to serve his red-card suspension against Toronto FC on June 8 (8 pm ET | TSN — Full TV & streaming info), after the Independent Panel rejected the Philadelphia Union's appeal of the second yellow card issued to their midfielder for dissent in the 19th minute of Philadelphia's game against Atlanta United on June 2.

Sounders negotiating with Peru’s Raul Ruidiaz - Sounder At Heart
After a bleak winter transfer window in regards of signings, Garth Lagerwey is back at the negotiating table as he attempts to sign Peruvian international Raul Ruidiaz. This has been confirmed by the player’s agent, David Pezua, who has told me they are in the final stages of negotiation.

NWSL

Royals goalkeeper Abby Smith can’t hide her excitement after being called up by the U.S. Women’s National Team - The Salt Lake Tribune
When Royals coach Laura Harvey selected Abby Smith from the NWSL dispersal draft back in January, Harvey was already predicting a future with the national team for the goalkeeper.

United States

Commisso to Cordeiro: Conflicted Board should not have Participated in Deliberations | New York Cosmos
New York Cosmos owner Rocco B. Commisso says that conflicted U.S. Soccer Federation board members should not have participated in the decision-making process of his $500 million proposal to restart the North American Soccer League.

USA defeats China 1-0 in flat game - Stars and Stripes FC
It was a bit of a snoozer as the United States took on China on Thursday night at Rio Tinto Stadium in Utah. Jill Ellis came out with a semi-experimental lineup, asking her team to play three in the back and let Crystal Dunn push high out of her LB position, while Savannah McCaskill dropped more into the midfield on the right to try and work that side with Lindsey Horan. None of that worked very well, particularly with Becky Sauerbrunn pushed to RB.

U.S. vs. France: France Scouting Report - Stars and Stripes FC
The United States Men’s National team heads to Lyon to take on one of the 2018 World Cup favorites in France. France is 3-1-1 in its last five matches including victories against Ireland and Italy in pre-World Cup friendlies. Les Bleus is 3-0 all-time against the USMNT.

World

Nabil Fekir Reportedly Passes Liverpool Medical In France - The Liverpool Offside
It’s all happening. The Echo are reporting that Nabil Fekir has completed a medical in France ahead of his £48.4m transfer to Liverpool. Michael Edwards and the Liverpool medical personnel are in Paris getting the business done before Fekir leaves for Russia with the French nation team.

Lionel Messi sends Champions League warning to Barcelona - Barca Blaugranes
Lionel Messi has opened up about Barcelona’s painful Champions League exit at the hands of Roma and has warned the club they can’t keep failing in Europe. Barcelona have been knocked out in the quarter-finals of the competition for the last three years in a row and Messi has had enough it seems.

Mexico's Jonathan Gonzalez - I felt like I turned my back on the United States
Former United States youth international Jonathan Gonzalez says his switch to Mexico felt like he was turning his back on the U.S., but insists that playing for El Tri now "feels like home."