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PTFC

Brian Fernandez's hot start continues as Timbers star chases history | MLSsoccer.com

Portland Timbers focused on making the most of home-heavy schedule - oregonlive.com
The Portland Timbers started the season with an MLS-record 12 straight games on the road. After a poor start to the year, the Timbers finished their road stretch with a 4-1-1 record to average a solid point per game on the road. But the positive road stretch won't mean anything if the Timbers can't get the job done at Providence Park.

U.S. Open Cup Quotes & Notes | Portland Timbers 4, LA Galaxy 0 | June 19, 2019 | Portland Timbers

Major League Soccer

Philadelphia Union sign forward Andrew Wooten from 2. Bundesliga | MLSsoccer.com

Sources: Cruz Azul's Fierro in talks to join Quakes
Mexican winger Carlos Fierro is in talks to sign for MLS club San Jose Earthquakes, sources tell ESPN FC.

MLS players' union: Solidarity payments 'unfair'
The MLSPA has reiterated its opposition to FIFA's system of training compensation and solidarity payments for international transfers.

Landon Donovan takes leadership role in new San Diego USL expansion team | MLSsoccer.com

Sounders forward Will Bruin to miss the rest of the MLS season with a torn ACL | The Seattle Times
Sounders forward Will Bruin tore his ACL in practice Tuesday and will have surgery to repair it in July.

New role, who dis? MLS players thriving in new positions in 2019 | MLSsoccer.com

Four Atlanta United players voted to MLS All-Star Game - Dirty South Soccer
Will there be even more?

Zlatan Ibrahimovic: LA Galaxy star faces FC Cincinnati for first time
Ibrahimovic is the soccer world's stiffest cocktail. He's the highest-paid player in MLS and backs his status up with results.

Report: San Jose Earthquakes looking at Mexican attacker Carlos Fierro | MLSsoccer.com

A possible fix for FC Cincinnati's goal-scoring woes
FC Cincinnati's in the midst of a Major League Soccer-worst goal drought and there aren't any easy answers or quick fixes for that.

Atlanta United will host St. Louis in U.S. Open Cup quarters
Atlanta United will host St. Louis July 10, in the quarterfinals of the U.S.

FIFA Women’s World Cup

World Cup Players Say Muscles and Makeup Mix Just Fine, Thanks - The New York Times
Rejecting notions about how they should present themselves as female athletes, the women are turning to colorful hair and bold lips to showcase their style and enhance performance.

The Most Entertaining Round of 16 Matches at the World Cup - The Ringer
The USWNT cruised through the group stages and remain the heavy favorite. But as elimination play begins, their meeting with Spain falls well behind France-Brazil as the best game to watch.

2019 FIFA World Cup - Despite Alex Morgan injury, U.S. finishes group with perfect record
Alex Morgan took a big hit Thursday and left the game, but with a win over Sweden, the U.S. completed a clean sweep of the group stage.