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MLS: Philadelphia Union at D.C. United Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports


Portland Timbers suffer devastating loss to Minnesota United: 5 takeaways |
The Portland Timbers fell 1-0 to Minnesota Sunday. Here are the Oregonian/OregonLive's five takeaways from the game.

Jeremy Ebobisse’s versatility in the attack has been an asset to the Portland Timbers -
Despite starting the year in his natural position as a center forward, Portland Timbers striker Jeremy Ebobisse has quickly adapted to a new role on the wing.

Sunday spat intensifies: Loons captain's long history with Timbers -
Loons captain Ozzie Alonso felt "something" during the first half Sunday, but a video review seeking to determine if Portland's Brian Fernandez spit at him found nothing.

Did Portland’s Brian Fernandez spit on Loons captain Ozzie Alonso? – Twin Cities

MLS: Portland's Jeremy Ebobisse calls Trump a racist
Another MLS player is speaking up following a weekend of tragedy in America.

MLS players Alejandro Bedoya, Jeremy Ebobisse urge Congress to act to end gun violence -
Philadelphia Union captain Alejandro Bedoya and Portland Timbers forward Jeremy Ebobisse are both imploring Congress to act to end gun violence following two mass shootings over the weekend that killed 29 people in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.

Major League Soccer

Alejandro Bedoya Spoke Out on Gun Violence. Now He Is M.L.S.’s Player of the Week. - The New York Times
The Philadelphia Union midfielder grabbed a field microphone after scoring Sunday night and urged Congress to act to prevent more mass shootings.

Rumor: Josef Martinez could miss U.S. Open Cup Semi-Final vs. Orlando City - Dirty South Soccer
Josef social media has lead some to believe he hasn’t made the trip to Orlando.

The first out, gay player in MLS history is shocked that RSL coach allegedly shouted a homophobic slur at a ref - The Salt Lake Tribune

MLS Power Rankings: LAFC still rule roost; Union, Minnesota, Atlanta climb
It was a weekend of statements made across Major League Soccer, and the Power Rankings are taking note.

Warshaw: Players (and management) on all 24 teams who have to step up |

How does the LA Galaxy fit Cristian Pavón onto the roster? - LAG Confidential
LA may part ways with an asset or two

Clear & Obvious: To appeal more broadly to sports fans MLS needs a new jersey numbering system - Dirty South Soccer
Sam called me brilliant twice in the intro to this new thing and this article will show he needs to check his dictionary because what I think is that what sounds great in my head sounds worse written, but would be somehow also worse said out loud unless it was being spoken by Paul F. Tompkins and that’s never going to happen and for good reason

Emanuel Cecchini reportedly coming to Seattle today - Sounder At Heart
Three more days remain in the summer transfer window.

Report: Inter Miami eye ex-AC Milan manager Gattuso for head coaching role |

Derby confirm Wayne Rooney to join as player-coach in January | Football | The Guardian
Derby County have confirmed that Wayne Rooney will join as a player-coach on an initial 18-month contract in January

Sourcess: Gaston Sauro set to leave Columbus Crew SC - Massive Report
The Black & Gold are set to part ways with the Argentinean center back

Arena noncommittal on summer signings as Revolution ponder path to playoffs |

The Seattle Sounders and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week – The Athletic ($)
Between supporters group missteps, Roman Torres' PED suspension, and a frustrating home loss, this was the Sounders' worst week in a while

MLS Seeing Attendance Decline At 2019 Halfway Point
Atlanta United, fresh off setting a another league regular season attendance record, once again leads the league averaging 53,269 fans per game.

From Liga MX to indoor soccer and an MLS bid to USL expansion, Landon Donovan can’t escape the game – The Athletic ($)
Donovan took pride in helping MLS stay afloat during the 2000s and wants to continue to do what he can to grow the sport in the U.S.

What you need to know about new FC Cincinnati coach Ron Jans |

Sounders apologize for letter, re-assert commitment to ‘stand against hatred’ - Sounder At Heart
"What’s important is that we’re saying the same things and finding the right ways to say it." - Taylor Graham

Andrew Gutman headed to MLS - The Crimson Quarry
The reigning MAC Hermann Trophy winner goes out on loan for the second time in his short career

Minnesota United seeks splash signing of Uruguay youngster Thomas Chacon – Twin Cities

LAFC sign Latif Blessing to new, multi-year contract amid breakout season |

Ola Kamara, D.C. United close to transfer deal and contract - The Washington Post
Ola Kamara, a former Columbus Crew and LA Galaxy scorer playing in China, would provide help for Wayne Rooney and boost an inconsistent D.C. attack.

ESPN’s Taylor Twellman questions if Loons should pick up Darwin Quintero’s option – Twin Cities

The stadium game hasn't changed in MLS | US Soccer Players
Stadium issues for the New England Revolution, NYCFC, and the Chicago Fire speak to old issues in big markets for Major League Soccer.

Josef Martínez to miss U.S. Open Cup semifinal with injury – The Athletic ($)
The team has suffered a spate of injuries, leaving them without a clear replacement up top

Wayne Rooney to leave D.C. United for Derby County this winter - Black And Red United
The England legend will join the promotion hopefuls in the Championship at the end of the MLS season

New details emerge of actions that led to Mike Petke’s three-game ban for berating officials – The Athletic ($)
The Real Salt Lake coach was suspended due to his actions in the club's Leagues Cup match against Tigres

Clear & Obvious: Should you gamble on MLS? - Dirty South Soccer