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PTFC

View from the End Line: A Tale of Two MLS Cities - The Mane Land
Is Austin as excited as Orlando was, and does Portland still hold that excitement?

In first rivalry clash of 2019, Timbers show new energy while Sounders turn focus to disappointing slide – The Athletic ($)
The Cascadia rivalry was as heated as ever in an Open Cup match in Tacoma.

New names, same dynamic as Thorns take exhausting point from Courage | Portland Timbers

Thorns FC midfielder Angela Salem undergoes successful surgery for knee injury | Portland Timbers

Major League Soccer

The truth hurts: The tough questions facing all 24 MLS clubs in the second half of 2019
With MLS paused for the Gold Cup and the secondary transfer window opening next month, we asked the uncomfortable questions facing all 24 clubs.

Ezequiel Barco won’t be sold in summer transfer window, per Atlanta United President Darren Eales - Dirty South Soccer
You can ignore the rumors for now.

Sounders' Nico Lodeiro inspires Uruguay to Copa America win over Ecuador | MLSsoccer.com

The loneliness of the Chicago Fire fan - Chicago Tribune
John Kass: The loneliness of fans of the Chicago Fire, the most pathetic team in Major League Soccer.

Austin FC announces record season-ticket deposits, reveals latest vision for stadium | Pro Soccer USA
Austin FC announced fans placed more than 30,000 season ticket deposits in the first day they were available, as the team readies for its 2021 launch.

MLS: 3 teams best prepared to rival LAFC
LAFC are undoubtedly the best team in MLS. But who is best to rival them in the second half of the season? Here are three candidates.

What’s with Rangers Attendance? - The Blue Testament
We know that attendance at Swope Park Rangers games is bad. But why and how do we fix it?

Chris Wondolowski’s father shares his story of life with the MLS goal king | MLSsoccer.com

'We saved the Crew. Why would we miss this game?' | Columbus Crew SC

Matt Besler to Doubting Fans: “We Hope to Prove You Wrong” - The Blue Testament
Besler writes an open letter to the fans defending his coach and speaking frankly about the season.

U.S. Women’s National Team

U.S. Women’s Soccer Games Out-Earned Men’s Games - WSJ
In the three years after the U.S. women’s soccer team won the 2015 World Cup, U.S. women’s games generated more total revenue than U.S. men’s games, according to audited financial reports from the U.S. Soccer Federation.

Megan Rapinoe won't participate in anthem during World Cup
U.S. women's soccer star Megan Rapinoe is not particpating in the national anthem before soccer matches. She made the decision a few years ago and is sticking to it.

Carli Lloyd aims 'golf clap' goal celebration at U.S.'s critics
Carli Lloyd responded to those criticizing USWNT World Cup celebrations by raising both hands chin high and making four tiny pitter-patter claps.

Biden calls for equal pay for US women's soccer team | TheHill
Former Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday called for equal pay for the U.S. women's national soccer team.

Julie Ertz scores first career Women's World Cup Goal for U.S.
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20-year-old Tierna Davidson makes World Cup debut, notches two assists | Pro Soccer USA

World Soccer

LaLiga: Atletico Madrid set to smash record transfer fee for a signing and a sale | MARCA in English
The summer of 2019 will be anything but business as usual at the offices of the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano as work continues to rebuild the Atletico...

Kovačić ‘only wants’ Inter Milan - We Ain't Got No History
Shifting narrative

Transfer hotlist: Five players every club wants
Imagine being a young player and having every top club in Europe after you. Here are five who know what that feels like.