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Around the Forest: Diego Valeri and Marvin Loria named to MLS Team of the Week

Also: Barco focused on Atlanta not Europe rumors; Brian Fernandez’s dream debut; Nick Rimando honored by All-Star selection in final year and more!

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Parsons, as Thorns players return: "Ready to give them a big hug, help them any way they need" | Portland Timbers

#StatMan Three | With his goal, Brian Fernandez ties MLS record | Portland Timbers

First start, goal and log slab: A dream MLS debut for Timbers midfielder Marvin Loría | Portland Timbers

Timbers Diego Valeri, Marvin Loría shine in MLS Team of the Week, Week 16 | Portland Timbers

Portland Timbers winger Marvin Loria hopes to build on impressive MLS debut -
After spending six seasons riding the bench with Costa Rican club Deportivo Saprissa and a year trying to prove himself with T2, Marvin Loria finally made his MLS debut for the Portland Timbers last week. He made the most of it. He now has the opportunity to prove that he can become a consistent contributor for the Timbers.

Major League Soccer

How viable is Raleigh's bid for Major League Soccer? ::
New plans were released for a downtown Raleigh stadium and entertainment facility. Does the area have enough interest to support a Major League Soccer team?

Report: Atlanta United make record bid for Venezuelan Yeferson Soteldo |

Meet Charlie Lyon: The MLS 'Pool Goalkeeper' Who Can Play for Every Club | Bleacher Report | Latest News, Videos and Highlights
Charlie Lyon waits for the phone to ring. Sometimes it does. Most often, it doesn't. The frustration seems unbearable. Lyon, however, keeps going. Being a pool keeper in MLS is a tough gig...

Ezequiel Barco: "My focus is here" with Atlanta United, not in Europe |

Carranza, Pellegrini linked with Beckham’s Inter Miami | Miami Herald
Two rising talents in Argentina — Julian Carranza of Banfield and Matias Pellegrini of Estudiantes — are in contract talks with David Beckham’s Inter Miami MLS team, according to Argentine media reports.

MLS Disciplinary Committee issues decisions on Ali Adnan, Matt Turner |

Philadelphia Union notes: Andrew Wooten impresses in training, Marco Fabian healthy | Pro Soccer USA
Philadelphia Union forward Andrew Wooten is already impressing in training, while Marco Fabian is healthy for the club's four-game stretch over two weeks.

Nick Rimando honored, humbled by MLS All-Star selection in final season | Deseret News
Real Salt Lake keeper NIck Rimando was named one of two commissioner's picks for this year's MLS All-Star game against Spain's Atletic Madrid.

Wiebe: The four biggest storylines for the rest of the 2019 MLS season |

Could Minnesota United actually win the US Open Cup? - E Pluribus Loonum
As one of the eight sides left in the competition, the Loons suddenly find themselves within reach of the trophy.

Atlanta United: Josef Martinez proves goalscoring chops for Venezuela
Josef Martinez scored for Venezuela to secure a Copa America quarter-final berth. The Atlanta United striker is once again proving his goalscoring chops.

Nashville SC CEO Ian Ayre: 'It's not feasible' to have USL and MLS teams in Nashville
Nashville SC CEO Ian Ayre says "it's not feasible" for Nashville USL and MLS teams to be in same city.

Sporting KC-Columbus Crew, MLS match recap, score, 6/23/19 | The Kansas City Star
Sporting Kansas City traveled to face the Columbus Crew in an MLS regular season game. Here is the match recap and score.

Mint City Collective launch supports a Charlotte MLS team | Charlotte Observer
A newly formed grassroots group called Mint City Collective has formed to gain support for a Major League Soccer team in Charlotte. It is backed by the Carolina Panthers’ biggest fan group, Roaring Riot.

Greg Vanney: With goals scarce, Toronto needs to be better defensively |

Should Real Salt Lake sell Jefferson Savarino if the price is right? |

How did LA Football Club build such a huge fanbase? | Greater LA
Los Angeles Football Club is currently first place in Major League Soccer. LAFC is a big operation with plenty of money and different owners from the sports and entertainment world, such as Magic Johnson and Mia Hamm.

FIFA Women’s World Cup

Anyone who reads this could manage the USWNT to a World Cup title -
Jill Ellis is a bad coach and it doesn’t matter at all.

The Women's World Cup Has A Refereeing Problem
Despite what our lovely commentariat might believe, we here at Deadspin do not have a quota of anti-VAR posts to hit.

Megan Rapinoe isn’t here to make you comfortable - The Washington Post
The U.S. women’s soccer star is America, in all its unapologetic complications.

USWNT: Megan Rapinoe will not visit White House after World Cup |
Megan Rapinoe was asked about visiting the POTUS after the World Cup but said she doesn't expect the USWNT to get an invite.

The Soccer Team Built to Beat the U.S. - WSJ
France and the U.S. will play Friday in the quarterfinals, with the winner emerging as the clear favorite to hoist the World Cup after the final on July 7.

Concacaf Gold Cup

U.S. selection headaches for Berhalter
With the USMNT's spot in the quarterfinals assured, Wednesday's group finale against Panama will be trickier than usual for Gregg Berhalter.

For U.S. Men’s Soccer Team, Gold Cup Offers Path Back From the Abyss - The New York Times
Trinidad, which sent the Americans crashing out of the last World Cup, has been vanquished. Now Panama poses the first real challenge for a new-look team.

Preview: USA vs. Panama, 2019 Gold Cup - Stars and Stripes FC
The USMNT have a chance to win the group against Panama.

Gregg Berhalter cagey about lineup choices for USMNT vs. Panama |