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Seattle

Jordan Morris, Cristian Roldan to take lessons learned from U.S. camp to Seattle Sounders preseason - Seattle Sounders FC
Fresh from USMNT camp and their first international friendly of 2018, Jordan Morris and Cristian Roldan are eager to jump into the Sounders' preseason.

MLS

Albert Camus, Don Garber, and the health of MLS - American Soccer Analysis
Quantifying the health of MLS is a tricky proposition. You can argue about which metrics are most important. But America embracing MLS is a good story, right?

FC Dallas SuperDraft Pick Francis Atuahene Out 2-6 Weeks with Fractured Ulna in Left Arm | FC Dallas
Generation Adidas forward and MLS SuperDraft #4 pick Francis Atuahene fractured his left arm in a FC Dallas pre-season scrimmage against University of Tulsa.

LAFC family closing ranks behind a teammate's tragedy - LA Times
When LAFC (and former Sounders) goalkeeper Tyler Miller’s sister-in-law needed help with bills from cancer treatment, teammates and fans old and new, answered the call.

The Sounders are still supporting the effort. If you want to help, the fundraiser is ongoing.

U.S.'s Rubio Rubin on verge of signing MLS deal - source - ESPN
The rumor mill is still bubbling about the prospects of USMNT member Rubio Rubin returning to MLS from Europe. Allocation rules make it tricky to determine where exactly he will end up but it looks like LA Galaxy will have the first shot at him.

Miami soccer fans revel in excitement over new MLS team - Miami Herald
The Southern Legion supporters group have been waiting for a MLS Team in Miami and turned out for the announcement with a march and Tifo.

Now that the party is over the real work begins. Here is what’s next for Beckham’s MLS team - Miami Herald
Miami’s MLS team still has a long road ahead of it before playing its first match. Amongst other things they need to decide what they want to be called.

Head coach Sigi Schmid addresses rumors linking LA Galaxy to Zlatan Ibrahimovic | LA Galaxy
La Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid claimed that news reports of an imminent transfer of Manchester United superstar striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic to La Galaxy were “all rumors” adding that if there was truth to the rumor he was sure he would know.

The New England Revolution made a mess of Lee Nguyen's transfer request
Lee Nguyen has put in multiple trade requests and the New England Revolution have accused him of not honoring his contract. So now the two sides are in a stalemate.

Jack Harrison Joins Manchester City FC From New York City FC | New York City FC
Following up from yesterday’s Major Links Soccer news that a deal was in the making, NYCFC has officially announced that Jack Harrison has signed with Manchester City FC who are loaning him to Middlesbrough FC until the end of the season.

MLS transfer news: Orlando City confirm Cyle Larin transfer to Besiktas with terse statement - Goal.com
In a reproachful statement, Orlando City called the behavior of holdout star and former MLS rookie of the year Cyle Larin and his representatives “unacceptable,” but confirmed the club has come to an agreement with Turkish side Besiktas for his transfer.

Orlando City Acquires Midfielder Oriol Rosell - Orlando City Soccer Club
Also following up from yesterday’s links, Orlando City has, as was expected, signed Midfielder Oriol Rosell, previously of Sporting Clube de Portugal and Sporting KC. It took a little doing because Rosell was subject to allocation order rules, but Orlando acquired the No. 1 MLS Allocation Ranking Order from FC Dallas for $400,000 in Targeted Allocation Money.

San Jose Earthquakes plan to be flexible with formation and tactics - Center Line Soccer
The Quakes’ new head coach Mikael Stahre is keeping his ideas for changes to the team, such as formation and tactics, close to the vest. But he said he expects to be flexible.

Yordy Reyna back in training, even as new charges suggested in Peru - The Province
Yordy Reyna returned to Vancouver from Peru last week for the preseason. But investigators probing the circumstances surrounding the death of Peruvian volleyball star Alessandra Chocano at an apartment allegedly rented by Reyna have reportedly concluded that Reyna has "misrepresented facts" related to the investigation.

MLS and Liga MX in talks about annual match between champions - The Washington Post
Liga MX and MLS are discussing a new champion’s cup match pitting the MLS Cup holder against the most Liga MX champion.

USA

Spirit select Lavelle with first pick in dispersal draft; Full dispersal draft results — nwslsoccer.com
The NWSL dispersal draft was held yesterday. Sounder at Heart broke down the Reign’s draft choices. Here are all of the picks.

Warshaw: What five MLSers should take from US national team experience | MLSsoccer.com
Bobby Warshaw has some advice for Jordan Morris and four other young MLS players on the USMNT.

U.S. Open Cup Amateurs Like FC Denver Are What Make The 105-Year-Old Tournament Compelling - The 18
Meet FC Denver, one of 14 Open Division Local Qualifying squads (from a field of more than 100) to qualify for the U.S. Open Cup.

World

MLS Exports: Former Sounder Joevin Jones scores but injured in German debut - MLSsoccer.com
Former Sounders fullback Joevin Jones scored in his first match with 2 Bundesliga side SV Darmstadt, but left the match before halftime with an injury.

Vancouver moves one step closer to becoming World Cup host city | Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Vancouver, like Seattle, is throwing its hat in the ring to serve as a host city for the 2026 World Cup as part of the combined United States-Canada-Mexico bid.

Club Tijuana CONCACAF Champions League match moved to United States - FMF State Of Mind
Rescheduling of the Club Tijuana - FC Montagua first round CONCACAF match due to unrest in Honduras means FC Motagua won’t get the benefit of a home game. Edinburg, Texas where the rescheduled match will be held is about 1,500 miles from each city.

Barcelona match record for longest unbeaten run to start La Liga campaign - Goal.com Barcelona have matched a club record for the longest unbeaten stretch to start a La Liga campaign, equalling the 21-match run achieved under Pep Guardiola during the 2009-10 season.

Jan Oblak's Latest Stat Reveal Makes Him One of La Liga's Greatest Ever Goalkeepers -SI.com
Atletico de Madrid keeper Jan Oblak has allowed only 54 goals in 100 La Liga appearances with six saves per goal and 58 clean sheets.

Aymeric Laporte, Riyad Mahrez: Manchester City Are Outspending Everyone - The Ringer
Pep Guardiola’s side could be on the verge of becoming an unstoppable sporting force.

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