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1. The USA's first official match under new men's national team coach Gregg Berhalter is already a sell-out. It will open the 2019 Gold Cup on June 18 at Allianz Field, Minnesota United's new stadium that will open in 2019. The sell-out at the 19,200-seat stadium is the fastest in Gold Cup history. The USA will then play group matches in Cleveland on June 22 and Kansas City, Kansas, on June 26.

2. Portland Timbers fans have been allocated 1,700 tickets for MLS Cup 2018 at Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium, reported the Oregonian. The Timbers fans were first allocated 1,300 tickets, which sold out in four minutes. MLS usually provides 900 tickets for away supporters at MLS Cup. A record sell-out crowd of over 70,000 is expected. This is the first year since the finalist with the most points during the regular season was given hosting rights that the final will be played in an NFL stadium.

3. Luiz Muzzi is set to leave FC Dallas to run the soccer operations at Orlando City, a league source told ESPN's Jeffrey Carlisle. Orlando City, which failed to make the MLS playoffs for the fourth year in a row and set an MLS record for most goals allowed in 2018, recently fired general manager Niki Budalic. Muzzi joined FC Dallas from Traffic Sports in 2012 and was promoted to his current position this year when technical director Fernando Clavijo stepped aside because of an illness. FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja has left to become the head coach at Tijuana.
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