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Around The Forest: Valeri, Blanco, Powell and Porter make MLS team of the week

What would playoffs be like if they started today, Kaka says goodbye to Orlando, U.S. U-17’s looking strong in World Cup play and more!


MLS Team of the Week (Wk 32): Blanco, Valeri, Powell and Porter lead Timbers on list | Portland Timbers
Sunday saw the Portland Timbers lock up an Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoff berth by dominated the visiting D.C. United to the tune of a 4-0 victory at Providence Park. Diego Valeri had a goal and two assists, bringing his season totals to 21 goals and 11 assists. In the process he became just the second player in MLS history to have 20 goals and 10 assists in a season.

Major League Soccer:

2017 MLS Playoff Picture |
The top six from each conference at the end of the regular season qualify for the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs. RELATED: Playoff clinching scenarios for Decision Day presented by AT&T (Sunday, Oct. 22)

Miguel Almiron expects to return to the field for ATLUTD this weekend |
It's just one sentence -- now underscored by a social media post -- but it could mean everything to Atlanta United fans awaiting Miguel Almiron's return from a hamstring injury that has sidelined him for the Five Stripes' last four matches.

NYCFC's skid to the playoffs puts it in precarious position on Decision Day - ESPN FC
Well, that went south quickly. Going into the weekend, New York City FC had its destiny in its own hands. It still does, but only just. An awkward but winnable game against Eastern Conference also-rans New England Revolution turned into a 10-man, 2-1 loss. Now NYCFC must face a surging Columbus Crew SC team at "home" (more on that later) on the final day, knowing that it will probably need a win to hold onto an automatic bye to the conference semifinals.

Returning to Toronto FC lifted Jozy Altidore out of his 'darkest three days' - ESPN FC
Jozy Altidore says returning to play for Toronto FC helped him overcome "the darkest three days" of his life after the United States failed to qualify for the World Cup. Altidore was in the U.S. team last week that lost to Trinidad and Tobago, a result that ensure the Americans will not be playing in Russia next summer.

Kaka bids farewell to Orlando City: 'I will always be a Lion forever' - ESPN FC
Kaka bid a tearful farewell to Orlando City on Sunday, saying he "will always be a Lion forever" after his final game following three years with the MLS club. The Brazilian star confirmed last week that he would not renew his Orlando contract at the end of the year, and the emotion of the moment caught up him as he played his final home game, a 1-0 defeat to Columbus.

Soccer: The Supporters' Shield: From Dallas to Toronto | SportsDay
FC Dallas may finish the season empty handed, but one fan took part in a trophy presentation this weekend. Dallas Beer Guardians president, Bailey Brown, was on hand to present the Supporters' Shield to Toronto FC prior to their game against the Montreal Impact Sunday.

United States:

John Hackworth: 'We have some potentially world-class players' 10/17/2017
After the USA’s 5-0 win over Paraguay in the round of 16 of the U-17 World Cup, U.S. coach John Hackworth spoke about his players bouncing back from its loss to Colombia in the final group game, its performance in the wake of the senior national team failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

ASN article: Under-17s Crush Paraguay, on to World Cup Quarters
THE UNITED STATES UNDER-17 TEAM is through to the quarterfinals of the World Cup after putting on a brilliant performance in a 5-0 win over Paraguay in New Delhi. Tim Weah scored a hat trick and Andrew Carleton produced a goal and two assists in the rout.


Leicester City sack manager Shakespeare after poor start to season - reports |
Leicester City have sacked manager Craig Shakespeare following a run of one win in eight Premier League matches this season, according to reports. According to Daily Mail, Shakespeare was relieved of his duties at the King Power Stadium at a meeting on Tuesday following a 1-1 draw with West Brom on Monday.

Leaving the Instagram haters behind - The rebirth of Manchester City's Raheem Sterling |
Less Instagram, more goals. That seems to be the broad story of Raheem Sterling's time at Manchester City, particularly given this superb run of form he is currently enjoying. Fierce criticism is never far from the winger's radar, despite scoring seven goals and playing a lead role in Pep Guardiola's vibrant City side, which is why he has stopped looking at Instagram's 'discover' section.

Jose Mourinho: I may tell truth about 2008 Barcelona link one day - ESPN FC
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has said he will "one day tell the truth" about his potential move to Barcelona that fell through in 2008. In 2013, former Barcelona president Joan Laporta revealed that Mourinho had wanted to coach the club after leaving Chelsea.