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Also: Villafana and Melano unavailable; digital company’s looking at D.C. United home coverage; lawsuit could derail plans in Columbus and more!

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Portland

Portland Timbers defender Jorge Villafana, forward Lucas Melano out for game against Seattle Sounders | OregonLive.com
Portland Timbers defender Jorge Villafana and forward Lucas Melano are not expected to feature in Sunday's rivalry game against the Seattle Sounders.

Inside PTFC | Where the Thorns went wrong in the first half against the Red Stars | Portland Timbers

Major League Soccer

Columbus Crew to Austin: How lawsuit could block MLS club's move | SI.com
An Austin City Council vote inched the Columbus Crew south toward Texas, but a pending lawsuit has the power to throw a curveball in Anthony Precourt's plans to move the club. Here are the arguments for both sides.

Nagbe, Garza inch closer to return for Atlanta United

Nashville MLS stadium: Technicality could derail push for referendum
An obscure Metro Council rule could derail efforts to hold a referendum on Nashville's Major League Soccer stadium project.

D.C. United in talks to play two international friendlies this fall at Audi Field - The Washington Post
Proposal calls for matches against Honduran club Olimpia and El Salvador's national team.

Columbus Crew SC sends out 2019 season ticket renewals despite Austin vote - Columbus - Columbus Business First
Despite the Austin City Council vote last week to move forward on a deal with Precourt Sports Ventures to build an MLS stadium at McKalla Place north of downtown in the Texas capital, the Crew SC sent out 2019 season ticket renewals on Monday.

Mexico’s Andres Guardado open to an MLS move
Mexican international Andres Guardado is once again open to a move to MLS.

Details of Sounders fans’ vote on general manager’s job - Sounder At Heart
Garth Lagerwey is up for re-election.

Miguel Almiron, Josef Martinez grateful for each other’s successes - Dirty South Soccer
the two Atlanta United stars are genuinely happy for one another.

David Villa will get you hyped for Round 3 of the New York Derby | MLSsoccer.com

Postgame Pontificiation: LA Galaxy - Sounder At Heart
The Sounders coach seems to just trust his players.

Minnesota United confirms signing of Brazilian midfielder Fernando Bob

Hulu, Verizon, YouTube TV among digital companies kicking tires on D.C. United local rights

Schweinsteiger and Chicago Fire to hold open training session at Säbener Strasse - Bavarian Football Works
The Chicago Fire star and Bayern Munich legend will take to the practice field for an open session prior to the match on August 28th.

How we handled the rain delay during Saturday’s FC Dallas game - Big D Soccer
Mother nature came rolling through to delay this one.

United States

Carli Lloyd at the death: Ten years on from the USWNT's most improbable win | Football | The Guardian
When the US met Brazil in the 2008 Olympic final, they were still recovering from the shock of a 4-0 defeat to Marta and Co at the 2007 World Cup

World

Hard-core Lazio fans want to ban women from 'sacred place'
A flyer being attributed to Lazio ultras was circulated before the team's opening Serie A game -- a 2-1 loss to Napoli -- at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Saturday. "The Curva Nord for us represents a sacred place. An environment with an unwritten code to be respected," read the flyer

UEFA Best Player Award: Ronaldo, Modric, Salah on shortlist | SI.com
One of the three will be crowned at the Champoins League draw later this month.

The big problem with Mesut Ozil is that he's too good for Arsenal | Goal.com
Football is decided less by moments of brilliance by superstars than it is by mistakes and no team makes more critical errors than the Gunners

China’s women win 16-0 – including nine goals from supersub Wang Shanshan – but still aren’t top of their group | South China Morning Post
Steel Roses have 65 shots against Tajikistan in nightmare for the minute-by-minute reporter while social media reacts ahead of North Korea showdown

La Liga Is Coming to America—and This Is Just the Beginning | Bleacher Report | Latest News, Videos and Highlights
The news that La Liga will play regular-season matches in the United States came as a surprise to most fans. But to Charlie Stillitano, it was long in the making...