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Alternate 2018 Best XI, US U-20’s defend crown, Rooney to take on US and more

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MLS

Atlanta United lead the way in Forbes’ annual MLS team valuations
Atlanta United have dethroned the LA Galaxy for the moniker of league’s most valuable club with a valuation of $330 million. The Galaxy came in second at $320 million, a growth of 1.6 pct from last year. The Seattle Sounders are valued at $310 million, good for third in the league.

Wiebe: My alternate 2018 MLS Best XI selections
Back in April, I gave you the All-Underrated Best XI, aka the “Dom Badji All-Stars”. In the wake of the release of the official MLS Best XI – yes, we all have takes – here’s another crop of Best XIs from 2018.

Savarese breaks Portland Timbers “curse,” brings underdog group together
Until this season, a curse seemed to fall on the Portland Timbers. Prior to 2018, the Timbers seemed destined to miss out on the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs altogether in even-numbered years.

Women’s Soccer

USWNT U17s somehow beat Cameroon 3-0 in World Cup opener - Stars and Stripes FC
A flattering scoreline for an unflattering US performance.

Women in Soccer: “Be brave, make the change”
As the MLS fanbase grows, so does its contingent of female fans and the influence they have on the game of soccer.

USA

Chelsea rule America’s heartland, ahead of Spurs and Manchester United - We Ain’t Got No History
Liverpool is apparently the most popular EPL team in Washington.

Pulisic wants to take on bigger leadership role with USMNT
Christian Pulisic is looking to take on a bigger leadership role with the U.S. national team

Warshaw: Three things I want to see from the US national team vs. England
The United States Men’s national team takes on England (and Wayne Rooney!) on Wednesday afternoon (3 pm ET | ESPN2, UniMás, UDN). The USMNT still doesn’t have a full-time head coach.

US U-20’s ready to defend CONCACAF crown as tournament hits crunch time
It’s about to get real for the US Under-20 men’s national team at the 2018 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship. After cruising through the initial group stage with a perfect record and a goal differential of +37, World Cup qualification is on the line for head coach Tab Ramos and his charges starting on Friday.

World

Canadian Premier League acquires Ontario Soccer’s League1 Ontario – Canadian Premier League

Manchester City Confirm Benjamin Mindy has undergone knee surgery
The defender missed a large portion of last season with an ACL tear and will now be forced to miss time with an injury to his other knee.

Modric, Xavi, Pirlo and the top 20 central midfielders in history
Luka Modric has been crowned Goal 50 winner for 2018, so where does the Real Madrid and Croatia ace rank among the greatest centre-mids of all time?