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MLS: Portland Timbers at Seattle Sounders FC Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

SEATTLE

I’m sure you know already, but don’t forget that Sunday’s game against the Portland Timbers has been moved regarding concern over player-safety.

MLSsoccer.com did a nice write up about Pride of the Sound.

Seattle Reign FC rookie Katie Johnson spoke with Backline Soccer after the Reign’s recent trip to Chicago.

It’s been a tough season for the Sounders so far this year. At the halfway point, the Sounders have faced the second-hardest schedule in the league.

MLS

Earlier this year, we learned that Providence Park will be expanding. An article came out stating that the expansion could net the team $3 million more in tax breaks. Stumptown Footy did their best to break through the Providence Park expansion confusion.

Speaking of Portland, they will be without Sebastian Blanco when they take on the Sounders this Sunday after picking up a straight red card. This is why.

The Timbers also lost to Minnesota United FC 3-2. There were two own goals scored in this one, one by each team. You don’t see that every day. This was Portland’s fifth straight loss on the road.

Columbus Crew SC’s attendance has been lacking as of late; it’s as low as it has been since 2011. Massive Report put out a “A call to Columbus Crew SC fans“ and asked them to show back up at MAPFRE Stadium and support their team.

ESPN FC takes a look at how supporters' groups view some of MLS Rivalry Week's biggest matchups.

The first leg of the Amway Canadian Championship Final between Toronto FC and the Montreal Impact ended 1-1. Toronto has the valuable road goal heading into the second leg. Ignacio Piatti had the chance to put Montreal in the lead, but missed his penalty in the 55th minute.

Toronto might have had a bit of extra motivation - when the first leg of the Canadian Championship kicked off, Impact supporters revealed a rather rude banner.

The MLS Disciplinary Committee announced fines to three separate players from incidents last week. Chicago Fire’s Bastian Schweinsteiger (hands to face/head/neck), Impact’s Laurent Ciman (hands to face/head/neck) and Vancouver Whitecaps David Ousted (instigating and escalating an incident) were all fined.

D.C. United ended their almost two and a half month goalless streak at home by beating Atlanta United FC 2-1. The Black-and-Red came back from an early one goal deficit.

USA

The NWSL will honor the death of former US Women’s national team coach Tony DiCicco with a moment of silence before each game this weekend.

MLSsoccer took a shot a trying to predict the USMNT's 23-man Gold Cup roster. I like it and hate it at the same time. You will see why.

World

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a “free agent”, if you will, and has been attracting interest from Serie A and MLS.

Mexico fell behind 1-0 in the first half against New Zealand, but two second half goals allowed them to overcome the deficit and beat the Kiwis in the 2017 Confederations Cup.

Cristiano Ronaldo is in the news again. No, not for tax evasion, but for his 8th minute goal that gave Portugal a 1-0 victory over Russia in the Confederations Cup.

Everyone loves to look at early concepts for stadium designs. Architect Dan Meis showed some really early ideas around the new Everton Stadium.