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Also: Impact trade Oduro to San Jose, Sounders bring in reinforcements, Sporting K.C. bring in Spanish defender and more!

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Portland

Despite devastating injury, Timbers defender Roy Miller always believed he would return to the field | OregonLive.com
Less than eight months after suffering a devastating injury, Timbers defender Roy Miller saw his first game minutes, starting for the Timbers' USL team, T2, in a match against Reno 1868 FC on June 30.

Villafaña returns: 2018 realities bring a 2015 hero back to the Rose City | Portland Timbers

MLS news: Portland's Bill Tuiloma gets a second chance to make a first impression | Goal.com
An odyssey around Europe yielded a productive spell under Marcelo Bielsa at Marseille and now the New Zealand international is back in MLS

Major League Soccer

Official: Sporting KC signs Fontas - The Blue Testament
Spanish defender will give depth and experience on a back line that has struggled at times and been amazing as well

Austin council member Leslie Pool not changing stance on Crew SC plans there: 'This is not a responsible deal' - Columbus - Columbus Business First
A month has passed since the Austin City Council agreed to consider a proposal from Precourt Sports Ventures to build a stadium for the Columbus Crew on city-owned land in the Texas capital, and councilwoman Leslie Pool still doesn't like the plan.

Sounders acquire Brad Smith on loan from AFC Bournemouth - Sounder At Heart
Left-sided player has EPL experience with Bournemouth, Liverpool, is full international with Australia.

Crew SC | Austin council members ask for more from Precourt - Sports - The Columbus Dispatch - Columbus, OH
Four members of Austin City Council made their own counter to a proposal from the operator of Crew SC for a stadium on city land in the Texas stadium.

United management explains why fan-favorite Ramirez was sold - StarTribune.com
Coach Adrian Heath and sporting director Manny Lagos called it the right decision, even if it is unpopular with the fan base.

England represents a new player pool for MLS TAM signings - Sounder At Heart
Loans for TAM-level players from the Premier League and Championship could be a new market for Seattle

Impact trade Dominic Oduro to Earthquakes for Quincy Amarikwa | MLSsoccer.com

Despite howlers, Pareja confident in FC Dallas goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez | MLSsoccer.com

Rumor: Rapids in advanced talks with C.F. Monterrey to keep Edgar Castillo - Burgundy Wave
John E. Rojas has reported that the Rapids want to sign Castillo to a multi-year deal.

Overlooked Maxi Moralez deserves MVP consideration, NYCFC teammate says | MLSsoccer.com

Cory Burke sees Philadelphia past Chicago Houston needs pens to oust LAFC
The Philadelphia Union and the Houston Dynamo both advanced to the U.S. Open Cup final with semifinal wins Wednesday.

Orlando City CEO Alex Leitão, striker Dom Dwyer fined for social media comments | Pro Soccer USA
MLS on Wednesday announced Orlando City's Alex Leitão and Dom Dwyer have received fines for social media posts after OCSC's loss to Columbus Crew SC.

United States

ASN article: With a tough journey behind him, Gatt aims for a reboot in a familiar place

Community Corner: What European-based players will you pay most attention to this season? - Stars and Stripes FC
It’s time for you to add your thoughts on which 3 American players you are going to keep tabs on as the European seasons start.

World

Alexis Sanchez wishes Man United had signed 'many more world class players'
Alexis Sanchez has told ESPN that he would have liked Manchester United to have signed "many more world-class players" in the transfer window.

Real Madrid's Keylor Navas: I have as much enthusiasm for leaving as I do for dying
Keylor Navas emphatically ruled out leaving Real Madrid and said the signing of Thibaut Courtois has not affected his desire to stay with the club.

The 2018-19 Premier League XI: Can Spurs win a trophy before their window closes?