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Around the Forest: Jorge Sampaoli wants El Tri job amid USMNT interest

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Portland

Foot golf tournament benefits Timbers player's nonprofit that he - KPTV - FOX 12
He’s best known for his defensive skills on the pitch, but Lawrence Olum of the Portland Timbers is also making a big difference at a global level. His nonprofit is helping kids in Kenya, his home ...

Timbers defender Zarek Valentin has embraced mental side of game and found success this season | OregonLive.com
Zarek Valentin said that a slight tweak in his pregame routine has enabled him to be even more successful with the Portland Timbers this season.

Major League Soccer

Armchair Analyst: All 23 MLS teams ranked by tier – v3.0 (final version!) | MLSsoccer.com

Why can’t MLS MVP candidate Miguel Almiron finish goal scoring chances? - Dirty South Soccer
And can he turn it around?

Where European-Based Former Orlando City Players Are Playing in 2018 - The Mane Land
Let’s take a look at where former Lions will play this year in Europe.

Brad Smith praises fans, even turf, following Sounders debut - Sounder At Heart
The fullback showcased some quality speed and passing.

MLS should be able to benefit from foreign transfers - Don Garber
MLS Commissioner Don Garber wants the league to be able to fully participate in FIFA's system of solidarity payments to reward player development.

Mark Wahlberg scouting for Wahlburgers, willing to 'take a look at' Columbus Crew - Columbus - Columbus Business First
Mark Wahlberg’s investment in Central Ohio might be in more than just an auto dealership.

Sporting KC makes statement by handing LAFC first home loss
Sporting KC hand LAFC their first ever home loss at Banc of California Stadium.

Chicago Fire: Trying to make sure no one watches
The Chicago Fire are bad and have been for some time. And now they are openly hostile to anyone dedicated to watching the product on the field.

Details of Brad Smith’s loan from Bournemouth to Sounders - Sounder At Heart
Sounders are reportedly paying about $600,000 of his salary.

United States

Geoff Cameron set to leave Stoke City - Stars and Stripes FC
The USMNT defender is expected to leave England, but remain in Europe.

USA 2-2 tie with Spain not enough to advance out of group at U20 Women’s World Cup - Stars and Stripes FC
Klimkova failed to adapt to Spain’s dominance in midfield and quick press playing out of deep.

World

Next Mexico Coach: Sampaoli holding out for El Tri job amid interest from USMNT | Goal.com
Jorge Sampaoli has attracted a host of interested nations after leaving Argentina, but he is determined to hold out for a job with the Mexican national team

Could Eriksen leave Tottenham this summer? – ProSoccerTalk

Atletico Madrid's Nikola Kalinic explains Croatia World Cup medal snub
Kalinic was sent home by national coach Zlatko Dalic after refusing to come on as a substitute during the team's opening game against Nigeria.

Serie A, FA Cup deals show ESPN still a big believer in power of soccer

Introducing the Computer Generated Bundesliga - Bavarian Football Works
What happens when you feed over fifteen thousand German club names to a machine-learning computer program and ask it to produce a Bundesliga? Short answer: hilarity.

Keep bribes quiet for 10 years, FIFA won't punish you
FIFA has officially eradicated corruption. All it took was pressing the delete key.