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Around the Forest: Spain crashes out of the World Cup

Also: Copa America is a reason Ruidiaz is a Sounder, Orlando City have a new coach, panic button time for TFC, World Cup news and more!

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Mabiala Powers Timbers To Groundbreaking Win in Seattle - Blogtown - Portland Mercury
It took eight years and 11 games, but the Portland Timbers have finally — finally — won a regular season MLS game in Seattle.

Major League Soccer

Copa America in Seattle paved way for Raul Ruidiaz to play for Sounders |
A move to the Seattle Sounders had been in the works for many weeks for the 27-year-old striker, who has spent the past two seasons with Monarcas Morelia of Liga MX. But with his Peru team getting knocked out of the World Cup in group play, Ruidiaz was ready to make things with Seattle official in short order.

Warshaw: Four things to know about new OCSC coach O'Connor |
The numbers speak for themselves regarding O’Connor’s tenure in Louisville. Louisville finished 1st in USL in goals scored in 2015, tied for 2nd in 2016 and 2nd in 2017. And they weren’t throwing caution to the wind at the expense of defending; they also finished near the top of the league in goal differential all three years.

Armchair Analyst: LAFC on the march, Impact's new D & more from Week 18 |
LAFC ran over, past and through Philly, winning 4-1 on Saturday night in downtown LA. Adama Diomande had a hat trick, and now has seven goals in 297 MLS minutes.

Report: New England Revolution still bidding for Bojan Krkic |
A darting, elusive product of FC Barcelona's famed La Masia system who can fill multiple attacking roles, Krkic inspired rich hype and lofty expectations when he broke Lionel Messi's record for youngest-ever Barça debut at age 17 in 2007.

Davies: It's time for Toronto FC to smash the panic button |
After Sunday’s 1-0 home loss to the New York Red Bulls, defending MLS Cup champions Toronto FC sit second to last in the Eastern Conference after 16 games played. They are in deep trouble.

Dapper Dio, campus ragers and basement escapees: What you missed in Week 18 |
What is it about Stanford Stadium that makes the San Jose Earthquakes and LA Galaxy go buck-wild? The Cali Clasico rivals enacted their latest “Old School”-esque on-campus freakout Saturday night, a 3-3 draw that earns this week’s MLS app must-see condensed match seal of approval. Amid all the riveting action, I was particularly intrigued by Chris Wondolowski barking at his former teammate David Bingham after beating him for the Quakes’ first goal.

Former coach Jason Kreis writes goodbye message to Orlando City fans |
Jason Kreis has been silent since his departure from Orlando City SC on June 15, but on Saturday the former head coach released a letter to fans on his Twitter account.

PRO referee Mark Geiger selected for Colombia-England Round of 16 clash |
The MLS-based refereeing crew led by Mark Geiger has received its third assignment of the 2018 World Cup and it's a big one. Geiger and Co. will be handling the Colombia-England Round of 16 match in Moscow on Tuesday.

World Cup

Could World Cup of underdogs produce surprise final?
As this World Cup of surprises continues to unfold, with Croatia and host nation Russia advancing to the quarterfinals on Sunday, it’s beginning to feel like an unexpected champion could emerge when the title is decided two weeks from now in Moscow.

Ivan Rakitic nets winner as dramatic penalty shootout sees Croatia past Denmark
After both sides netted early goals, Croatia and Denmark’s Round of 16 clash was deadlocked at 1-1 for over 120 minutes before Ivan Rakitic scored the decisive kick in a dramatic penalty shootout that saw Croatia into the quarterfinals of the World Cup.

Why Denmark's late foul was not a red card ... and was a heroic World Cup play
With six minutes remaining in extra time of Sunday’s World Cup Round of 16 match between Croatia and Denmark, Croatia’s Ante Rebic was in on goal, alone, with the quarterfinals in sight.

Dear Spain: What the hell was that?
For nearly 50 years — seriously, half a century — Spain’s reputation was a talented yet underachieving, we’ll-find-any-way-to-capitulate national side. For 120 minutes and several penalty kick rounds, those memories came roaring back.

Andres Iniesta confirms international retirement after Spain's World Cup exit
Andres Iniesta scored the most important goal in over a century of Spanish soccer history. He embodied Spain’s most successful era. He transformed the sport. And on Sunday, he said goodbye.

Russia fined by FIFA after fans display neo-Nazi banner at World Cup
The disciplinary panel of soccer’s governing body has ordered the Russian federation to pay a $10,100 fine over a “discriminatory banner” fans unfurled at Cosmos Arena in Samara during Russia’s 3-0 loss to Uruguay last week. The banner apparently featured the number 88, which is far-right code for “Heil Hitler,” due to H being the eighth letter in the alphabet.

Toothless Spain breaks passing record, still crashes out of World Cup to Russia on penalties
The Spaniards crashed out of the 2018 World Cup in the Round of 16 in stunning fashion, at the hands of Russia on penalties. It labored through 120 minutes that ended 1-1, then lost the shootout.