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Around the Forest: LAFC’s Carlos Vela voted MLS All-Star Captain

Also: The roof finally works at Mercedes Benz stadium, San Jose trade for some GAM and more!

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Portland

New Timbers attacker Tomás Conechny has taken his first big plunge | Portland Timbers
The high in the Portland suburb was supposed to be 97 degrees, Fahrenheit. As he met the media for the first time, it was still well short of that. But the midday sun at the adidas Training Center was still enough of a reminder.

Major League Soccer

LAFC forward Carlos Vela voted MLS All-Star captain | FOX Sports
Vela is LAFC’s first-ever MLS all-star captain in the team’s inaugural season

Selling Davies could impact Atlanta United
The $13 million-plus agreement to sell Alphonso Davies from Vancouver in MLS to Bayern Munich could have a seismic effect on Atlanta United.

Q&A: Carlos Vela discusses LAFC, MLS All-Star Game, Mexico and more
Ahead of Thursday's L.A. derby, Carlos Vela sat down with ESPN's Max Bretos to discuss his time in MLS, the World Cup and life in Los Angeles.

Parkhurst: “Everyone’s gunning for us” - Dirty South Soccer
The team is set up to finish the final phase of the season strong.

FC Dallas president Dan Hunt explains Mauro Diaz, Kellyn Acosta moves, emphasizes goal to win now – The Athletic
On​ May 12th, FC​ Dallas​ played their biggest​ match​ of the​ season to date when​ they welcomed​ Zlatan​ Ibrahimovic and​​ the L.A. Galaxy to Toyota Stadium.

Goleador: The numbers behind Josef Martinez’s unprecedented scoring run | Atlanta United FC
How many ways can it be said: Josef Martinez is scoring at an incredible, unprecedented rate in Major League Soccer

Hell is Real: Saving the Budding FC Cincinnati - Columbus Crew Rivalry is a Must - Cincinnati Soccer Talk
The fate of Columbus Crew SC, whether it stays or leaves, is important to FC Cincinnati fans with a potential ready-made rivalry so close.

NEWS: Earthquakes Acquire $100k of GAM in Trade with Montreal Impact | San Jose Earthquakes
The San Jose Earthquakes announced today that the club has acquired $100,000 of General Allocation Money (GAM) from the Montreal Impact in exchange for an international roster slot for the remainder of the 2018 season.

The roof is finally finished at Mercedes-Benz Stadium - Dirty South Soccer
Atlanta United’s home is now fully operational.

United States

Alex Morgan hat trick lifts USA to 4-2 victory over Japan in Tournament of Nations opener - Stars and Stripes FC
4 for you United States, you go United States.

World

How regional Mexican brand Charly overtook Nike and Adidas in Liga MX
The most popular kit manufacturer in Liga MX? It's not Nike, Adidas or Puma. It's locally-based brand Charly. Here's how that came to be.

AC Milan's Leonardo Bonucci puts in transfer request with eye to Juventus move
Former midfielder Leonardo was unveiled as Milan's new general manager and explained that captain Bonucci wants to return to Juventus.

Is the balance of power slowly shifting in Seville?
After a season in which the tides slowly turned, can Real Betis under Quique Setién challenge the long-standing dominance of Sevilla in their city?

New ground to be known as 'Tottenham Hotspur Stadium' | Football News | Sky Sports
Spurs have announced that their new ground will be known as 'Tottenham Hotspur Stadium'.