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Around The Forest: Fanendo Adi to return in 2017 according to Caleb Porter

Kaka will not renew his Orlando City contract, Redbulls cautious going into their match with Atlanta, World Cup bribery case opened and more!


Caleb Porter expects injured striker Fanendo Adi to play again in 2017 |
A series of setbacks have turned what was initially thought to be a short-term injury into a two-month absence for Portland Timbers striker Fanendo Adi, but Caleb Porter expects his star forward to play again this season.

Major League Soccer:

Atlanta United back from its short break
The Five Stripes are in third place with 53 points and two games remaining. The team can’t finish in first, which has been locked down by Toronto and its 65 points, nor can it finish in sixth, which currently is occupied by the New York Red Bulls and its 46 points. Atlanta United will play at the Red Bulls on Sunday in Harrison, N.J., and conclude the regular season at 4 p.m. Oct. 22 against Toronto at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Red Bulls trying to walk tightrope in potential playoff preview vs. Atlanta |
Having clinched a spot in the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs this past Saturday, the New York Red Bulls must now try to balance their desire to build momentum against Atlanta United on Sunday (5 pm ET; FS1 in the US, MLS LIVE in Canada) with the need for a shrewd approach against the expansion side.

After announcing he'll leave Orlando, Kaká reflects on "incredible" journey |
The smile remained as broad as ever, but the sadness at the imminent parting was still clear as Kaká announced on Wednesday that he won’t return to Orlando City SC following this season.

The Brazilian World Cup winner and former FIFA World Player of the Year is seeking “a new challenge,” but he has yet to decide what that will be, and whether it will be on or off the field.

Houston Dynamo take down Sporting KC in "must-win" game |
With the US national team's recent disappointing performance in the Hex, Houston Dynamo head coach and former USMNT youth coach Wilmer Cabrera relayed a message to his team before Houston's 2-1 victory over Sporting KC. The message was clear. “In soccer, anything can happen,” Cabrera said. “I told them, ‘we cannot leave things for the last game of the season.’”

Could Seattle Sounders be flying under-the-radar ahead of MLS Cup playoffs? |
For a team that won their first-ever MLS Cup title less than a year ago, the Seattle Sounders aren’t exactly a trendy pick to replicate the feat. Ahead of the Audi 2017 MLS Cup playoffs, the league’s defending champion find themselves as something of a postseason afterthought as they continue to jostle for seeding in a log-jammed Western Conference.

United States:

USA 1 Trinidad & Tobago 2: USMNT out of World Cup (VIDEO) |
A roller coaster of a qualifying campaign ended in shambles, with a stunning 2-1 loss to Trinidad & Tobago, coupled with wins by Panama and Honduras over Costa Rica and Mexico, respectively, has eliminated the USA from the World Cup. The Americans will not be playing in Russia next summer.

Jill Ellis names roster for October friendlies vs South Korea - Stars and Stripes FC
US women’s national team head coach Jill Ellis has named her 22-player roster for the team’s upcoming set of friendlies against South Korea.


World Cup bribery case opened against PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi - ESPN FC
Swiss federal prosecutors have announced a criminal case for suspected bribery linked to World Cup broadcast rights against Paris Saint-Germain's Qatari chairman and CEO Nasser Al-Khelaifi.

How Jurgen Klopp saved midfield maestro Henrikh Mkhitaryan |
Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s status as the creative catalyst-in-chief for showdowns between Liverpool and Manchester United had been mapped out well in advance of arrival in England last July, the only difference being that he was meant to arrive at Anfield - not Old Trafford.

'Kylian Mbappe more professional than Lionel Messi at the same age' |
Kylian Mbappe has shown to be more of a professional than Lionel Messi did at the age of 18, according to the Barcelona forward's former team-mate Ludovic Giuly. Mbappe, 18, has been tipped to become one of the best players in the world after a spectacular 2016-17 season with Monaco saw him attract interest from Europe's top sides.