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Also: Women’s World Cup updates; Gregg Berhalter inists U.S. not Gold Cup favorites; New field turf being installed in Seattle and more!

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PTFC

Portland Timbers navigating tough schedule with U.S. Open Cup game midweek - oregonlive.com
The Portland Timbers played just one game during the last two and a half weeks as Major League Soccer took a break around the international window.

Thorns in France | Le Journal: 6.16.19 | In appreciation of Emily Sonnett's debut ... and all the debuts at the 2019 World Cup | Portland Timbers

Pamplin Media Group - U.S. Open Cup not a big deal to Timbers fans
U.S. Open Cup not a big deal to Timbers fans, Local Sports, Portland local Sports, Breaking Sports alerts for Portland city.

Major League Soccer

Jeff Larentowicz: Atlanta United playing in empty stadium 'was like an old MLS game' | Pro Soccer USA
The Atlanta United midfielder explained what he and his teammates went through during their U.S. Open Cup fourth-round saga last week.

Bogert: Inside the Andre Horta transfer and how LAFC will fill open DP slot | MLSsoccer.com

Introducing the MLS roster construction rankings: How effectively all 24 teams have used their salary budget – The Athletic ($)
Teams may be performing well or struggling on the field, but roster construction is a whole other matter.

Ezequiel Barco not leaving Atlanta United this season, says Darren Eales | MLSsoccer.com

5 things to know as Las Vegas pursues MLS expansion team | Las Vegas Review-Journal
Two different groups are trying to bring MLS to Las Vegas: The city, as part of a downtown redevelopment project, and Golden Knights owner Bill Foley.

MLS, adidas unveil Orlando-inspired All-Star jersey, match ball for 2019 | MLSsoccer.com

Powell marries in Gold Cup break | FC Cincinnati

Inside the opaque, counterproductive differences in how MLS clubs and the MLSPA calculate salaries – The Athletic ($)
There is always a discrepancy between MLSPA figures and a player's actual cap hit. Here's why that is.

Next Sounders home game will be played on newly installed turf - Sounder At Heart
New FieldTurf is being installed about six months ahead of schedule.

Rumor: West Ham, Newcastle targeting Savarino - RSL Soapbox
The Venezuelan winger has been impressing at club and country.

CONCACAF Gold Cup

Despite criticism, US "completely focused on ourselves" as Gold Cup arrives | MLSsoccer.com

Berhalter excited about process, but insists USMNT not Gold Cup favorites | MLSsoccer.com

US tip cap to El Tri: "Everyone is hoping for a Mexico-United States final" | MLSsoccer.com

Matt Miazga aims to use Gold Cup as launching pad for breakthrough summer | MLSsoccer.com

Berhalter focuses on establishing balance as USMNT head towards Gold Cup

FIFA Women’s World Cup

Soccer fans pack Power & Light District for Women’s World Cup watch party to see U.S. down Chile - YouTube

For Wendie Renard and France, Another Misstep and Another Win - The New York Times
Renard’s World Cup started with two goals and continued with a blunder and a missed penalty. She still hopes it ends with a trophy.

For Wendie Renard and France, Another Misstep and Another Win - The New York Times
Renard’s World Cup started with two goals and continued with a blunder and a missed penalty. She still hopes it ends with a trophy.

FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019™ - News - France, Germany on top as Spain and China squeeze through - FIFA.com
Keep up to date with all the latest news from FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019™

What We Know (And Don’t Know) After 2 World Cup Games | FiveThirtyEight
The Americans are the front-runners, but who are their closest challengers?