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Around the Forest: Brian Fernandez makes MLS Team of the Week

Also: Josef Martinez and the horrible PK; Can MLS keep up with LigaMX?; Paul Arriola garnering interest from Europe and Mexico and more!

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MLS: Portland Timbers at Seattle Sounders FC Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports


Missed opportunities defined Sounders’ loss to Timbers - Sounder At Heart
Raul Ruidiaz’s early miss turned out to be a sign of things to come.

Seattle Sounders Vs Portland Timbers: 3 things we learned - Brian Fernandez haunts Seattle
Brian Fernandez notched another brace as the Portland Timbers sunk the Seattle Sounders on Sunday night. Here are three things we learned.

Winners & Losers: Timbers 2, Sounders 1 - Sounder At Heart
The one with no winners

Portland Timbers beat rival Seattle Sounders 2-1 on the road: 5 takeaways |
The Timbers beat the Sounders 2-1 on the road Sunday. Here are the Oregonian/OregonLive's five takeaways from the game.

Timbers forward Brian Fernandez named to MLS Team of the Week for Week 20 | Portland Timbers

Major League Soccer

Josef Martínez's Hideous Penalty Kick Run-Up Ends In Humiliation

Will MLS show it can compete with Liga MX in upcoming Leagues Cup?
The latest chapter in the MLS-Liga MX rivalry begins on Tuesday as the inaugural Leagues Cup kicks off. But can the U.S. league close the gap?

Mohamed El-Munir to undergo surgery after Zlatan Ibrahimovic challenge |

Sources: D.C. United receives transfer offer from Saudi club for Luciano Acosta – The Athletic ($)
For the second straight transfer window, Luciano Acosta is the subject of transfer interest abroad.

Serious bleacher damage confirmed by LA Galaxy - LAG Confidential
It wasn’t the only incident

Chicago Fire Soccer Club Acquires Defender Jonathan Bornstein | Chicago Fire

Vela hits out at Zlatan: I'm playing better than you |
Carlos Vela and LAFC lost 3-2 to a Zlatan Ibrahimovic hat-trick for El Trafico rival L.A. Galaxy, but the Mexican has said he is the better player.

Why RSL traded TAM for GAM, and what it means - RSL Soapbox
MLS. It is what it is.

Leagues Cup 2019 official rosters released ahead of tournament launch |

'I saw my friends die in the street': Mohamed El-Munir's journey from Libya to LAFC | Football | The Guardian
The defender has forged a professional career after leaving the chaos of his homeland. But his thoughts are always with those he has left behind

Atlanta United: Gonzalo Martinez still has a long way to go
Gonzalo Martinez scored and assisted in Atlanta United's 2-0 win over D.C. United. However, to satisfy his expectations, he still has a long way to go.

Aaron Long’s rejected transfer bid shows how MLS helps and holds back the USMNT - Stars and Stripes FC
A story about something called MLS service years and transfer revenue kept by clubs

Beckham’s Inter Miami team may sign first player by July 31 | Miami Herald
Inter Miami, David Beckham’s Major League Soccer team, may sign its first players next week. Julian Carranza and Matias Pellegrini of Argentina are reportedly in contract talks. The coach search is narrowing down.

In new Leagues Cup, Real Salt Lake expect test from old foes Tigres UANL |

LA Galaxy give LAFC player Shooting Stars treatment - LAG Confidential
Three days later and El Trafico hasn’t cleared yet

League first in MLS | US Soccer Players
The LA Galaxy left its two biggest stars off their roster for the Leagues Cup quarterfinal against Tijuana, sending a message about priorities in MLS.

Report: Paul Arriola drawing interest from Europe, Mexico - Stars and Stripes FC
Could the U.S. international leave MLS?