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Lindsey Horan is making her case for NWSL MVP with nights like hers against Houston | Portland Timbers
Mark Parsons had just seen one of his best players, Lindsey Horan, put in her most dominant performance of the season, perhaps of her professional career. By the 31st minute, she had two goals, and she spent a good stretch of the second half teeing off from the edge of the Houston Dash’s penalty box, trying for a third.

Portland Thorns to visit Tillamook for soccer clinic | News |
World Cup fever may have just ended, but soccer fans have something new to look forward to—The Portland Thorns are coming to Tillamook.

LAFC out to end Portland Timber's 14-match unbeaten streak in U.S. Open Cup matchup
For the second time in four days, LAFC will meet the Portland Timbers at Banc of California Stadium. Sunday’s MLS game ended in at scoreless tie, but there will be a winner Wednesday at the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

Major League Soccer

Stejskal: Montreal technical director Adam Braz talks Impact's summer plans |
After showing some early signs of life under first-year head coach Remi Garde in March, Montreal seemed to capitulate as injuries and poor form took their toll in a dreadful April and May. A 2-0 loss at Minnesota on May 26 was the nadir.

A calmer Mike Petke "not going to back down" from Minnesota rant |
“I’m only going to keep repeating what I said in a calmer tone,” Petke said Monday. “It’s three keywords: transparency, consistency and accountability. Those three keywords need to be addressed. I’m not going to back down from that.”

Montreal Impact trade versatile Raheem Edwards to Chicago Fire |
After a breakout 2017 campaign with Toronto FC, Raheem Edwards found himself with the Montreal Impact to start 2017 after being selected in the Expansion Draft by LAFC. But his stay in Quebec did not last very long, as the Impact traded him on Wednesday.

After emotionally draining World Cup, Gustav Svensson returns to Sounders |
It would be an understatement to say the past few weeks have been a whirlwind for Gustav Svensson.The midfielder has been away from the Seattle Sounders for most of the summer representing his native Sweden at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where he helped spearhead his country’s run to the quarterfinals.

Montreal Impact sign Homegrown midfielder Mathieu Choiniere |
After trading Raheem Edwards to the Chicago Fire, the Montreal Impact made another move on Tuesday, signing Homegrown midfielder Mathieu Choiniere. Choiniere, the younger brother of Impact midfielder David, signed a contract through 2019 and three option years.

Miami MLS expansion group working to earn stadium plan place on ballot |
There are certainly a lot of exciting things cooking with Miami’s MLS expansion club with a team name coming “very soon” and, possibly, a star player from Croatia’s World Cup team coming down the pike as well.

Decision on retractable roof for Ford Field coming soon as part of Detroit MLS bid
The decision on whether to pursue a retractable roof for Ford Field, as part of a bid for expansion in Major League Soccer, could be made within two weeks, and the cost will be considerable.

Nashville soccer stadium: Fair board OKs lease for MLS facility
The Nashville Board of Fair Commissioners on Tuesday approved a ground lease that would allow property at the city's fairgrounds to be used for a new Major League Soccer stadium, checking off one more box needed for the city to sign off on the project.

Miami co-owner says the Revs are building a stadium near Boston Garden - The Bent Musket
The New England Revolution are close to getting a permanent home, according to Jorge Mas, who’s the co-owner of Miami’s MLS team.

How a free soccer program in Edmonton helped Alphonso Davies launch his career - Eighty Six Forever
MLS fans have been treated to watching Vancouver Whitecaps attacker Alphonso Davies menace opposing defenses this season. Davies also shined when he took the stage at the FIFA Congress and deliver a speech that helped bring the 2026 World Cup to Canada, Mexico, and the United States.

United States

Olympic qualifying’s impact on MNT success - Stars and Stripes FC
The USMNT will unfortunately not be participating in the 2018 World Cup, meaning they will not be participating in a major international tournament until the Summer of 2020. Besides the Gold Cup, that summer they also could potentially participate in the Tokyo Olympics, if they qualify.

USWNT players in NWSL week 16: goalkeeping shmoalkeeping - Stars and Stripes FC
Not a good week for USWNT goalkeepers as the current numbers two and three in Ashlyn Harris and Jane Campbell had big snafus. Alyssa Naeher probably fared the best this week out of the three, but she’s definitely had an inconsistent season.

World Soccer

The Player Kylian Mbappe Really Plays Like | FiveThirtyEight
Breakout performances seemed to be everywhere at the 2018 World Cup — young talents were launched to international fame, and established players had their name…

Liga MX season in a sentence: How all 18 teams look heading into Apertura
Can Santos Laguna repeat as champions in the 2018 Apertura? Cesar Hernandez sums up the expectations and offseason moves of all 18 Liga MX teams.

The starting XI of soccer players we do not want to fight -
My colleagues Jon Bois and Spencer Hall wrote an article today about the 3 people each of them would never want to fight, so I’m going to do the same for soccer because the World Cup is over and what else is going on.

Liverpool reportedly agrees to world-record deal for Alisson, beefs up EPL title challenge
Liverpool had one weakness. One glaring weakness that doomed it in May in Kiev, and that, had it remained, might have preempted a 2018-19 Premier League title challenge. On Wednesday, however, the Reds appear to have addressed it.