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Major League Soccer

FC Cincinnati dismiss head coach Alan Koch |

Real Salt Lake's Mike Petke: Sam Johnson's comments were "not acceptable" |

Breaking: Sounders to re-acquire Joevin Jones from Darmstadt using TAM – The Athletic ($)
The Trinidad and Tobago international will return to his old squad in MLS

Does MLS have a double-standard problem with Zlatan and other stars?
Zlatan Ibrahimovic allegedly threatened Nedum Onuoha, then entered the Real Salt Lake locker room without permission. Did MLS let him off too easy?

OFFICIAL: Atlanta United acquires Justin Meram from Columbus Crew SC - Dirty South Soccer
Much-needed depth for the forward corps.

Sounders negotiating with Ecuadorian Xavier Arreaga, sources confirm - Sounder At Heart
Deal could be done by tonight.

Eagles wideout Shelton Gibson spending offseason shooting photos for the MLS’s Union | PhillyVoice
NFL players all spend their off-seasons differently. Eagles wideout Shelton Gibson, heading into his third season with the team, is working on adding a new skill: sports photography.

Calvo on MNUFC exit: Heath "put me in the trash as if I were a rookie" |

MLS teams mostly fly commercial to away games, but that could change soon – The Athletic ($)
According to players, GMs and others, the way players travel to and from games is a matter of performance, not luxury

Collins, Wiebe & Doyle explain what went wrong for Alan Koch in Cincinnati |

Sting of rejection fueling Mark-Anthony Kaye’s rise for LAFC and Canada – The Athletic ($)
Cast away from his hometown club, LAFC's lynchpin has become one of MLS's best central midfielders

Did referee Ted Unkel actually take down Luciano Acosta? | Instant Replay |

Sam Johnson pleads with Real Salt Lake teammates: Give me the ball |

LA Galaxy acquire Argentine attacker Favio Alvarez |

Donovan Pines out about a month; D.C. United working on transfer move - The Washington Post
An MRI exam on Pines's knee revealed a Grade 2 ligament sprain. Also on Tuesday, United's general manager was working on a potential acquisition ahead of a transfer and trade deadline.

Chicago Fire acquire dual-national GK Kenneth Kronholm from Germany |

‘As soon as I hit it, I knew it was a goal’: Wayne Rooney on the art of the free kick – The Athletic ($)
Wayne Rooney's mastery of the free kick started at a nursing home in Croxteth. He's now one of the world's all-time greats.

World Soccer

France Football: The ridiculous offer Real Madrid will make for Mbappé
Florentino Perez is ready to smash the world transfer record in order to add Mbappe to Zidane's squad

How Did Ajax Get This Far in the Champions League? - YouTube

Copa América: Zé Roberto asks that Neymar be stripped of Brazil captaincy -
Many in Brazil are tired of Neymar's antics and Ze Roberto, capped 84 times, believes he should be punished after hitting a fan when playing for PSG.

Liverpool vs Barcelona: From Messi to Valverde, this was a historic failure | MARCA in English
Barcelona’s defeat against Liverpool will be remembered like the other European disappointments of Seville, Athens and Rome, but surely this one...