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Around the Forest: Are the Seattle Sounders falling behind Atlanta United in home field advantage?

Also: Peter Vermes not happy, new eats for LAFC, PRO admits missing penalty and more!

MLS: Seattle Sounders at Atlanta United FC Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Portland

Giovanni Savarese's vision has put Portland Timbers in strong position at midway point of season | OregonLive.com
At the halfway point of the 2018 MLS season, the Portland Timbers (8-3-6, 30 points) sit in fourth place in the Western Conference standings and third place in the West on points per game. Timbers coach Giovanni Savarese deserves a lot of credit for getting the club to this point.

Major League Soccer

Report: FC Dallas to add Chilean midfielder Pablo Aranguiz | MLSsoccer.com
Multiple reports have emerged regarding a move for Chilean midfielder Pablo Aranguiz, currently playing for Union Española in his native country. A report from Chile's ADN 91.7 claims he's moving on a $1.25 million transfer fee.

Peter Vermes calls out Sporting KC players after rough US Open Cup loss | MLSsoccer.com
After Sporting Kansas City dropped a 4-2 result to the Houston Dynamo in their U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal – one that was perhaps even more lopsided than the score indicated – head coach Peter Vermes delivered a strong message to his team.

Home-field advantage? Not anymore for Sounders, who’d better quickly regain their CenturyLink Field mojo | The Seattle Times
The Sounders this season have largely given away bragging rights to having the league's toughest home fortress in CenturyLink Field, with places like Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta now laying claim to that throne. But for the Sounders to salvage their season, they'll have to practically win out at home.

PRO admits missed penalty in Atlanta United vs. Seattle
You saw it. The Video Assistant Referee did not.

Los Angeles billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong might not buy into D.C. United after all - The Washington Post
Situation remains fluid, as Jason Levien looks to join with other investors.

D.C. United announce the departure of Tom Hunt - Black And Red United
Hunt leaves the club after overseeing Audi Field’s development, as well as the team’s new crest

LAFC’s Secretive New Food Hall Is Staffing Up With Big Name Chefs - Eater LA
The Fields LA lands next to the new stadium next month

U.S. Open Cup

Recap: Houston Dynamo vs. Sporting Kansas City 07/19/2018 | Matchcenter

Recap: Philadelphia Union vs. Orlando City SC 07/18/2018 | Matchcenter

Recap: Chicago Fire vs. Louisville City 07/19/2018 | Matchcenter

Voyagers Cup

Recap: Ottawa Fury FC vs. Toronto FC 07/18/2018 | Matchcenter

Recap: Montreal Impact vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC 07/18/2018 | Matchcenter

United States Soccer

Jaelene Hinkle got called up to the USWNT. Now what? - Stars and Stripes FC
So there’s a homophobe on your team.

Romain Gall joins Malmö FF - Stars and Stripes FC
The American stays in Sweden

Report: English Championship club bid for Zack Steffen - Stars and Stripes FC
Could the potential USMNT No. 1 be headed back to Europe?

World Soccer

Luis Enrique hopeful over Pique as he plots a Spanish evolution
Luis Enrique is promising evolution rather than revolution with Spain - and hopes Gerard Pique will be part of the national team's future.

Roman Abramovich has banned Maurizio Sarri from doing two things at Chelsea
Maurizio Sarri isn’t even a week into his job at Chelsea and is already feeling the heat from owner Roman Abramovich.

'We have to collect their bones': Klopp fears post-World Cup injury woe
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp fears the gruelling demands of international football are putting players at such risk that "we have to collect their bones" during the coming season.