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Around the Forest: All-star snubs and jersey sales

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MLS: Seattle Sounders FC at Portland Timbers Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

From the Wide World of Soccer:

Do you want to know what it’s like to touch the void and go into an immediate fugue state? That experience can be yours by reading Forbes’ gushing description of the National Sales Center MLS runs for club sales staff. Phrases such as “The 200 hours of education is before the participants even touch a phone” are said without a trace of humor. [Forbes]

Real Salt Lake bans a reporter from The Salt Lake Tribune. A brouhaha ensues. [Paste Magazine]

15-year-old wunderkind Alphonso Davies made his MLS debut for Vancouver on Saturday. [ESPNFC]

Is winning the Supporters’ Shield predictive of future MLS Cup success? [MLS Multiplex]

ICYMI: Frei admitted that it “sucked” the Timbers won the MLS Cup before the Sounders. [MLS]

See who is selling the most jerseys in MLS; despite being a “small” market, 3 Timbers make the top 20. [Bent Musket]

FC Cincinnati hosted Crystal Palace over the weekend, drawing a record crowd of over 35,000. [Telegraph]

Right in Stumptown:

Two Timbers make MLS’s list of biggest all-star snubs. [MLS]

Diego Valeri and his daughter Coni helped to paint the star on the awesome Freddy Krueger tifo. [Timbers Army]

Melano’s teammates talk about what a great performance he had against Seattle. []