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Around the Forest: Christian Ramirez traded from Minnesota United to LAFC

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Also: A look at the tactical shifts of the Timbers, Sounders lose transfer target to Turkey, three red cards for Houston in loss and more!

MLS: Real Salt Lake at Minnesota United FC Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Portland

Inside PTFC | A look at the tactical shifts Portland made to accelerate past Philadelphia | Portland Timbers
It’s rare that a head coach is so explicit with their game plan, even after a match.

Portland Timbers minimizing risk by acquiring top players on loan deals | OregonLive.com
Timbers President of Soccer and General Manager Gavin Wilkinson and his staff have managed to minimize risk and effectively navigate the salary cap this season by acquiring multiple key players on loan.

Major League Soccer

Official: LAFC acquire Christian Ramirez in trade with Minnesota United - Angels on Parade
The black-and-gold forward corps gets even stronger.

Ejections and chaos reign in Houston Dynamo loss to Sporting KC - Dynamo Theory
PRO referees are trash. Wilmer Cabrera, Alejandro Fuenmayor, Darwin Ceren and Alberth Elis all ejected from game.

Red Line Report: It’s within sight - Sounder At Heart
What was once a chase for respectability now looks like a real chance at making the MLS Cup Playoffs for a 10th straight season.

Paolo Hurtado transfer: Peruvian reportedly passes physical in Turkey - Sounder At Heart
The Sounders missed out on what would have been a significant signing.

Davies: New York Red Bulls finally look like Chris Armas' team in LAFC win | MLSsoccer.com

Loophole means ‘free agency’ could prove costly for highly-paid MLS players – The Athletic
The collective bargaining agreement's fine print puts high-earning potential free agents at the mercy of their current teams

Atlanta United needs to steal a page from other teams: Morning After the Morning After - Dirty South Soccer
MAMA says get dirty.

Vermes raves about Sporting KC's teenage standout Gianluca Busio after win | MLSsoccer.com

Orlando City’s Front Office Can’t Afford to Be Passive - The Mane Land
Sitting pat can prove unwise if City hopes to salvage this season.

Chalkboard: New look FC Dallas sees struggles against San Jose - Big D Soccer
Is this beginning of the Collapse of 2018?

Armchair Analyst: Josef's binge, NYCFC's Free 8s & more from Week 23 | MLSsoccer.com

FC Cincinnati approaching 25,000 season tickets for first MLS season | MLSsoccer.com

Alphonso Davies: From refugee camp to Bayern Munich, via Edmonton and Vancouver Whitecaps | bundesliga.com
What happens when Alphonso Davies joins Bayern Munich is a tantalizing prospect, but it is where he has come from that makes his story so unique.

Stejskal: Juan Agudelo receiving interest from Spain, Turkey | MLSsoccer.com

What a Save: The best stops from Week 23 | Matchday Central | MLSsoccer.com

Atlanta teammates marvel at "astounding" Martinez as scoring record beckons | MLSsoccer.com

Nashville planning commission votes to recommend rezoning for MLS stadium | MLSsoccer.com

Brian Schmetzer-narrated season-ticket pitch will give you chills - Sounder At Heart
Video finally released to public after a few days being reserved for existing STH.

United States

USA falls 1-0 to Japan in group opener of U-20 Women’s World Cup - Stars and Stripes FC
The United States does not look poised to dominate Group C.

World

There are Paul Pogba transfer rumors. Here's why they'll probably come to nothing

Ex-Chelsea boss Antonio Conte 'very difficult to work with' - Willian
Chelsea winger Willian says it was "very difficult" to work with former Blues boss Antonio Conte but admitted he has high expectations for him.

Joe Hart joins Burnley after 12 years as a Manchester City player
Burnley have signed goalkeeper Joe Hart from Premier League champions Manchester City.

Veteran Egypt goalkeeper Essam El Hadary retires
Veteran Egyptian goalkeeper Essam El Hadary has announced his international retirement - at the age of 45.