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2017 MLS All-Star Game: Real Madrid v MLS All-Stars Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Portland

Liam Ridgewell could return to lineup as Portland Timbers navigate busy August schedule | OregonLive.com
Portland Timbers center back Liam Ridgewell has made just six starts this season and hasn't even been in the 18 since May 19. But he might have a chance to step back into the lineup in the coming weeks.

Inside PTFC | The roster realities of the Portland Timbers' post-Fanendo Adi world | Portland Timbers

Major League Soccer

MLS All-Star Game 2018 Preview - Dirty South Soccer
All you need to know about Wednesday’s big event

MLS Television Blackouts: When Emotion and Data Collide — American Soccer Analysis
Major League Soccer placed a calculated bet a few years back. They wagered they had core fans for life while they went searching for more marginal fans

Itching for time, Jesus Ferreira hopes to impress in FC Dallas training | MLSsoccer.com
Ferreira has played just 12 minutes in MLS since signing with FC Dallas in preparation for the 2017 season.

Turner Sports making Champions League splash with Tim Howard
Turner Sports will have US National Team goalie Tim Howard as an analyst for its Champions League studio coverage beginning this fall, sources have told The...

Crew SC: Don Garber's comments about Downtown stadium rile Alex Fischer - Sports - The Columbus Dispatch - Columbus, OH
“We want our stadiums to be downtown — we have that here (in Atlanta), we have that in our new stadium in LA, we have that in almost all of our new markets,” Garber said. “We want local owners, and that’s what the Columbus Partnership has been trying to find a solution for and that’s what we want to find a solution for.”

Paolo Hurtado expected to arrive in Seattle this week - Sounder At Heart
Contract has not yet been fully finalized, but all signs point to Sounders getting it done.

Best 11: 11 Non-Josef Martinez Things That Happened In Major League Soccer During This Week In MLS - Dirty South Soccer
Help me believe in anything

LAFC, The 3252 post statement following fan violence at LA Galaxy game - Angels on Parade
Their efforts to stamp out the chant worked — hopefully this does, too.

Carlos Vela: Captaining MLS All-Stars a “big responsibility” - Angels on Parade
Also, "Tata" Martino has love for LAFC.

Alphonso Davies is so much more than the best prospect to emerge from MLS - SBNation.com
Bayern Munich is never this aggressive in the transfer market, and no one pays $22 million for teenagers this unproven. Davies is truly special.

MLS Homegrown game recap: Team MLS 1-1 Tigres U20s - Stars and Stripes FC
A solid showing for the MLS youngsters

United States

Christian Pulisic: Staying at Dortmund is best option this season | SI.com
The time is ticking on Premier League clubs and their aspirations to land U.S. star Christian Pulisic before the new season starts, and at this stage the Borussia Dortmund midfielder should be content with letting the last drops of sand pass through the hourglass.

Efrain Alvarez open to playing for USMNT - Stars and Stripes FC
Get ready for another dual-national tug of war...

Chelsea loaning U.S. defender Matt Miazga to Nantes - source
U.S. and Chelsea defender Matt Miazga is on his way to France to finalize a season-long loan move to Ligue 1 side Nantes, a source confirmed.

World

How preseason tours evolved into money-making, brand-building machines

Lionel Messi's beautiful gesture for rival player's son

Manchester United's Anthony Martial risks fine after going AWOL
After leaving the U.S. on Wednesday, Anthony Martial has not trained under the supervision of club coaches for eight days.

Manchester City and PSG are transfer 'inflaters' - Bayern Munich CEO
Premier League champions City have had a relatively quiet window so far, bringing in Riyad Mahez from Leicester and Philippe Sandler from Zwolle.

Arsenal will be more organised under Unai Emery than Arsene Wenger - Hector Bellerin
Hector Bellerin has taken part in preseason training from day one under Emery and said the whole squad is buying into his methods.