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Around the Forest: Cristiano Ronaldo joins Juventus

Also: 10 questions about the Timbers, DC United players learning from Wayne Rooney, Ruidiaz ready for Seattle and more!

Uruguay v Portugal: Round of 16 - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images


10 questions facing the Portland Timbers as they approach midseason |
The Portland Timbers (8-3-5, 29 points) will hit the halfway point of their 2018 MLS season Sunday after they take on LAFC on the road. Portland is in a strong position as it approaches the midpoint of its season. The Timbers are currently riding an 11-game unbeaten streak in MLS play and a 13-game unbeaten streak overall.

Major League Soccer

DC United's new Audi Field is officially open for business: "We are home" |
As the Audi Field ribbon cutting ceremony commenced Monday, the dignitaries sat in a line, drenched in sun at the stadium’s northwest corner. Before them, a woman read her poetic ode to the beautiful game, verse rich with a rhythm rooted in a city culture that long predates D.C. United’s arrival.

MLS 2018 Secondary Transfer Window officially opens on Tuesday |
Teams in Major League Soccer haven't been resting on their laurels since the close of the 2018 Primary Transfer Window in May, but get ready for more activity ahead and plenty of MLS player debuts with the official opening of the Secondary Transfer Window on Tuesday.

DC United players looking forward to Rooney's experience, leadership, skill |
Paul Arriola has played in both top leagues in North America and in high stakes matches with the US national team. Surely at some point, he’s crossed paths with a player of Wayne Rooney’s pedigree, right? “Not even close,” Arriola tells “Not even close.”

Raul Ruidiaz: Seattle Sounders land hungry, accomplished Peru star |
The 27-year-old arrived in the Pacific Northwest directly from Russia, days after Peru ended its World Cup campaign, and he’s been doing the rounds, talking to the media as he’s officially introduced to the Sounders faithful. His excitement in coming to a new league is obvious, but right now all he wants to talk about is where to eat.

Strength of Schedule Rankings update: Who has the toughest road left? |
Seven teams are fighting for the Supporters' Shield (ATL, DAL, NYC, LAFC, RBNY, POR, SKC) and there's few teams (SJ? COL?) that have seen their playoff hopes completely dissipate. D.C. United are 13 points out of playoff positioning, but they have 15 matches to make up the ground at Audi Field.

Josef Martinez acquires green card, Atlanta United adds roster space - Dirty South Soccer
Atlanta United announced on Monday that Josef Martinez has acquired a United States green card and will no longer count as an international player on their roster.

Snoop Dogg throws shade at LAFC - Angels on Parade
Lopez, claiming some ignorance about the beautiful game, decided to question the Dogg about sports teams in Los Angeles. The questions eventually turn toward soccer. Snoop, only after Lopez suggests he doesn’t know a lot about soccer and asks about the two clubs in Los Angeles, shows his fandom toward … the LA Galaxy!?!?

United States

Bayern Munich sign American defender Chris Richards on loan from FC Dallas
Bayern Munich signed American defender Chris Richards on loan from FC Dallas on Monday. Richards, 18, will join up with the Germany champions' under-19 team this season after impressing in a 10-day trial in April.


OFFICIAL: Real Madrid sell Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus - Managing Madrid
It’s now official. Real Madrid have sold Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus. No fees have been announced although most reports suggest that Juventus will pay around €100 million for the attacker.

Arsenal complete move for Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira
Arsenal have completed the signing of Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira in a deal reported to be worth €30 million. The deal was finalised after Torreira flew in to London following Uruguay's exit at the World Cup in Russia, having helped his country reach the quarterfinals.

Fernando Torres to pass on MLS and Australia to join Japanese side Sagan Tosu
Former Atletico Madrid and Spain forward Fernando Torres has announced that he has agreed to join Japanese club Sagan Tosu and expects to make his debut for them later this month.