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Around the Forest: Former Orlando City Star Cyle Larin scores hat trick for Besiktas

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Portland

Q & A: Hayley Raso talking Matildas, pronouncing "Ellie," and which Thorns should pick you up at the airport | Portland Timbers

Brotherly Game Daily Links: Union look to chop down the Timbers - Brotherly Game
Bedoya enjoying the season, MLS All Star draws praise, and more in today’s links

Major League Soccer

Making Meaning Out of a so-called "Meaningless" Friendly – FiftyFive.One
It’s easy to call a preseason match with regular season priced tickets a “cash grab.” But for so many in attendance at US Bank Stadium, it was so much more than that.

Fisher pushes back at Don Garber; Suttle stresses the Aug. 9 deadline - Massive Report
It was a confusing day in the world of Save The Crew

D.C. United ownership: MLS board of governors approves changes - The Washington Post
Jason Levien will remain the face of ownership, and he'll welcome several of his partners from Welsh squad Swansea City.

"I called him Texas": FCD's Chris Richards making name at Bayern Munich | MLSsoccer.com

Should RSL trade Joao Plata? It’s about more than just goals - RSL Soapbox
The winger is rumored to be in the shop window.

Bradley: LAFC's Mark-Anthony Kaye to miss rest of 2018 after ankle surgery | MLSsoccer.com

Levity, Break, and “Upping it” have Sporting KC focused - The Blue Testament
Gerso, Opara, and Manager Vermes weigh-in on state of SKC

Crew SC | Austin council still has concerns over stadium plan - Sports - The Columbus Dispatch - Columbus, OH
Jimmy Flannigan of Austin City Council used a soccer reference to sum up his thoughts on a term sheet between the city and Crew SC operator Precourt Sports Ventures that would call for a new soccer stadium on city-owned land in the Texas capital.

Ex-Orlando striker Cyle Larin nets hat trick for Besiktas in Europa League | MLSsoccer.com

Alphonso Davies hails FC Cincinnati coach Alan Koch
Alphonso Davies' record Davies' deal is worth $13 million and could rise as high as $22 million if the 17-year-old hits performance benchmarks,

Earnie Stewart's Union Legacy is What, Exactly? | Crossing Broad

Atlanta sets MLS All-Star Game attendance record - Dirty South Soccer
Mercedes-Benz Stadium breaks lot of records

United States

U.S. U-17 MNT Head Coach John Hackworth hired by Louisville City - Stars and Stripes FC
The youth national team head coach departs for the reigning USL champions.

USA 4, Brazil 1 at Tournament of Nations - Stars and Stripes FC
No serious injuries (hopefully), Rose Lavelle looks healthy, and an overall tournament win. Not bad.

World

Two stabbed in brawl ahead of Rangers' Europa League game
A mass brawl before Rangers' Europa League match in Glasgow clash left two men in the hospital with stab wounds, police said.

Gonzalo Higuain: Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus arrival did not force me to AC Milan
Gonzalo Higuain said AC Milan technical director Leonardo was the main reason why he left Juventus, not that Cristiano Ronaldo forced him out.

FC Tokyo to hire Andres Iniesta impersonator with Vissel Kobe star set to miss game
Iniesta arrived in Japan from Barcelona last month but, after two J-League appearances, has returned to Spain for a few days.