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Around The Forest: David Guzman and Sebastian Blanco up for Newcomer Of The Year

Tobin Heath ready for championship match, Atlanta United’s Four Horsemen, Bastian Schweinsteiger tries his hand at hockey and more!

Portland:

Calm, cool and healthy, Thorns FC's Tobin Heath ready to "put everything out there" in 2017 NWSL Championship game | Portland Timbers
“I felt great,” Heath said of the performance. “The team's been fantastic with the re-entry and helping me out…Feeding off the crowd and the energy in Providence Park is easy to do. It was that perfect game where nothing was really going to go wrong for us.”

Major League Soccer:

2017 MLS Awards Ballot: Newcomer of the Year award | MLSsoccer.com
Below is the list of 38 players named to the ballot for the 2017 Newcomer of the Year award. All players on the Newcomer of the Year ballot are nominated by their respective club, with a maximum of two nominations permitted per team.

Four Horsemen: What makes each Atlanta United attacker important | MLSsoccer.com
Atlanta United enter Week 32 in third place in the Eastern Conference, an Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoff spot and a shot at earning a bye past the Knockout Round. What's gotten them to these lofty places? A series of outstanding performances from their young South American attackers.

Discuss: What's your ideal matchup in the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs? | MLSsoccer.com
Welcome to another edition of "Discuss," in which MLSsoccer.com editors debate the topics of the moment in MLS. Our question this time: What is the matchup you’d most like to see in the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs? The topic comes up because we may see a preview of a playoff matchup on Sunday, when the New York Red Bulls host Atlanta United (5 pm ET | FS1, FOX Deportes; MLS LIVE in Canada).

Landon Donovan, Carlos Ruiz & Jay Heaps join special live coverage Sunday | MLSsoccer.com
US national team legend and MLS all-time leading scorer Landon Donovan highlights a jam-packed slate of coverage on Sunday as part of "The Countdown to Decision Day presented by AT&T." Donovan, longtime former MLS and Guatemala forward Carlos Ruiz and former Revs player and head coach Jay Heaps will help the gang break down all the storylines of Week 32 as West teams fight for the final Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs spots and East teams jostle for positioning

Bastian Schweinsteiger tries hand at ice hockey in Chicago | Daily Mail Online
Bastian Schweinsteiger put his ice hockey skills to the test on Thursday night as the former Manchester United midfielder visited the Chicago Blackhawks. Schweinsteiger, 33, sat in the stands as the Blackhawks lost 5-2 to Minnesota Wild, but he made a brief cameo on the ice to play 'Shoot the Puck' during an interval.

Major League Soccer's wild Western Conference is wide open - ESPN FC
Major League Soccer's Western Conference has been something of an enigma this year. FC Dallas' historic collapse since the summer, the LA Galaxy's failure to crawl out of the hole they threw themselves into at the start of the year and the general exuberance of Atlanta United and relentlessness of Toronto FC over in the East have flipped the script on the old "West strong, East weak" narrative.

United States:

Bruce Arena out as USMNT Head Coach - Stars and Stripes FC
After possibly the most humiliating day in American soccer history, it seemed like only a matter of time before the housecleaning at U.S. Soccer began. Well, the day has come. Bruce Arena is officially out as Head Coach of the United States men’s national team after the 2-1 loss to Trinidad & Tobago ensured the program would miss a senior men’s World Cup for the first time since 1986.

Armchair Analyst: The true cost of US soccer's World Cup failure | MLSsoccer.com
It's been obvious for a long time, to those of us who follow and work in the game, how and why US soccer needs to change at the youth levels. And bear in mind that while this full national team failure is born of systemic, prolonged youth level shortcomings, that still doesn't absolve either Bruce Arena or the players who took the field the other night and lost to Trinidad & Tobago. They failed on their own merits.

World:

Pochettino slams 'disrespectful' Guardiola over 'Harry Kane team' comments - ESPN FC
Mauricio Pochettino has accused Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola of being "disrespectful" over his description of Tottenham as "the Harry Kane team," dismissing the comment as sad and ungentlemanly.

Premier League news: Pep Guardiola avoids Manchester City 'disaster' despite making 'no sense' | Goal.com
The Catalan coach believes that his side have improved from his first season at the helm, but concedes that there is still plenty of work to be done

Mourinho has shown Klopp that beautiful football doesn't win you trophies | Goal.com
“No one will show this game in 10 or 20 years,” Jurgen Klopp said after his Liverpool side were frustrated by Manchester United’s tactics in last season’s 0-0 draw at Anfield. Jose Mourinho’s approach had, the German argued, given the game a “hectic” narrative.