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Around the Forest: Spain hire Luis Enrique as the next Head Coach

Also: T2 falls to Fresno, Wayne Rooney set for debut, Joe Hart returns to Manchester City seeks transfer, Josef Martinez could break goals record and more!

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USL MATCH RECAP | Portland Timbers 2: 2, Fresno FC: 4 | Portland Timbers
Playing the first game of a three-match homestand, T2 fell 4-2 to Fresno FC at Merlo Field on Sunday afternoon. Forward Foster Langsdorf scored his team-leading seventh goal of 2018, while midfielder Marvin Loría tallied his second goal of the season.

Major League Soccer

With Wayne Rooney set for debut, Ben Olsen assesses his options |
With the MLS Secondary Transfer Window officially opening on Tuesday, Wayne Rooney plans on making his D.C. United debut when the club christens brand new Audi Field on Saturday night against Vancouver Whitecaps FC (8 pm ET | TSN — Full TV & streaming info).

Blame in Philly not solely on struggling Sapong, say Curtin, Medunjanin |
After the Philadelphia Union were shut out for the ninth time out of 18 games this season, a reporter asked coach Jim Curtin if he still believes his team has enough attacking talent to be a serious contender. His response was short, simple and simmering with testiness.

INJURY UPDATE, pres. by HSS: Florian Valot | New York Red Bulls
New York Red Bulls midfielder Florian Valot suffered an ACL tear in his left knee during training on Thursday at the Red Bulls Training Facility in East Hanover, N.J., the club announced today. Valot will undergo surgery in the coming weeks and will miss the remainder of the 2018 season.

Josef Martinez "going to break" goals record, say Atlanta United teammates |
With Saturday’s game scoreless in the second half and the Philadelphia Union threatening to earn a result against arguably the league’s top team, Atlanta United needed a goal in a big way. It was no surprise that Josef Martinez was the one to bag it.

Official: NAC Breda sign USA defender Erik Palmer-Brown on loan from Manchester City – City Watch
The deal, which City Watch exclusively revealed on Thursday, will see the highly-rated 21-year-old spend the entire 2018-19 season on loan at the Rat Verlegh Stadion. Palmer-Brown signed for City on a free transfer in the January transfer window and was immediately loaned to Belgian top-flight side KV Kortrijk for the remainder of the season.

Zack Steffen's return fails to bring answers for slumping Columbus Crew SC |
Zack Steffen's return from a knee injury failed to protect Columbus Crew SC from a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of the LA Galaxy at the StubHub Center on Saturday night. In the aftermath, Crew SC are left looking for answers to correct their current form, which has seen them win just one of their last seven MLS matches.

World Cup

Two detained in suspected drugging and robbery of British World Cup reporter
Two men have been detained in Moscow under suspicion of drugging and robbing a British World cup reporter, Russian news agency TASS reported Saturday. The journalist reportedly drank a drugged cup of coffee, lost consciousness, and then was robbed Friday. He woke up to find his cell phone and credit cards missing.

How a corruption scandal accidentally enabled England's World Cup semifinal run
If you were to trace most World Cup runs back to their source, the vast majority would take you back to a training field; or perhaps a meeting room; or a developmental initiative that birthed a generation of stars. England’s, however, begins elsewhere.

Croatia defender ruffles Russia with political comment after World Cup win
Croatia’s Domagoj Vida will not be suspended for his team’s World Cup semifinal against England. But he did draw a warning from FIFA, and he did ignite anger throughout Russia with comments made after Croatia’s elimination of the hosts.

Spain coach Fernando Hierro steps down following World Cup elimination
Fernando Hierro has stepped down as Spain’s interim head coach on Sunday following the exit from the tournament. Hierro’s tenure at the helm of the team didn’t last long, either. He replaced former coach Julen Lopetegui just two days before the World Cup started last month.


Spain appoint ex-Barcelona manager Luis Enrique to replace Julen Lopetegui
Spain have appointed former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique as their new coach to replace Julen Lopetegui, the country's football federation (RFEF) announced on Monday.

Cristiano Ronaldo talk overshadows Emre Can Juventus unveiling
Cristiano Ronaldo's potential arrival at Juventus overshadowed Emre Can's first news conference at the Bianconeri as he was immediately asked about the five-time Ballon d'Or winner.

Manchester City's Joe Hart returns for preseason seeking transfer sources
Joe Hart was among a handful of big names back at Manchester City for their first day of preseason training on Monday. City boss Pep Guardiola returned to the Etihad Campus without the vast majority of his senior players due to their World Cup commitments.