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Around The Forest: Darren Mattocks proving himself in Adi’s absence

Red card rescinded, TFC to possibly break points record, big changes coming to Orlando?


Darren Mattocks proving worth to Portland Timbers during Adi's absence |
Now, with a home victory over rival Vancouver on Sunday (4 pm ET; MLS LIVE in the US, TSN1 in Canada), Portland cannot only bring the club its first Cascadia Cup since 2012, but take the top-seed in the Western Conference. It’s a refreshing opportunity for a team that followed up their 2015 MLS Cup title by missing the playoffs last year.

Major League Soccer:

NYCFC's Jack Harrison red card rescinded |
The Independent Review Panel has rescinded New York City FC midfielder Jack Harrison’s red card, meaning he’ll be eligible for NYCFC’s regular season finale against Columbus Crew SC this Sunday on Decision Day presented by AT&T (4 pm ET | MLS LIVE).

Toronto FC looking to cap historic season by breaking MLS points record |
History beckons for Toronto FC, who celebrated their first Supporters' Shield win with their fans on Sunday night, but remain focused on the task at hand. With a 1-0 win over the Montreal Impact on Sunday evening at BMO Field, TFC equaled the MLS record for most points collected in a season, drawing level on 68 with the mark set by the LA Galaxy in 1998.

Whitecaps hope form comes back in time to secure top spot in West |
Vancouver have lost only four of 17 games since July 5, But with only one win in their last four outings -- and some questionable performances in all of those matches -- the 'Caps aren't exactly hitting the playoffs firing on all cylinders. Their postseason positional fate still very much lies in their own hands, but they now head to Portland next Sunday knowing that they need a win or a draw to finally secure the Western Conference regular-season crown.

Kreis hints at big changes in Orlando after another disappointing season |
Jason Kreis didn’t mince his words after Orlando City’s final home game, which ended with 1-0 loss against the Columbus Crew SC. It wasn’t good enough; their home form wasn’t good enough; the season wasn’t good enough; and there will be wholesale changes.

Soccer internet, actually good, helps Jason Hernandez get supplies to PR |
As Puerto Rico continues to struggle in the wake of Hurricane Maria, you may have come across this social media plea from Toronto FC defender Jason Hernandez. The MLS vet and New York-area native struggled, he said, to send a much-needed generator to family on the island:

Crew SC exploring new Columbus stadium or potential move to Austin |
Columbus Crew SC owner Anthony Precourt announced on Tuesday that the club is looking at strategic options to ensure the long-term viability of the club, including a new stadium in Columbus or a potential move to the city of Austin, Texas.

United States:

Claudio Reyna on U.S. soccer: We're far too arrogant, far too obnoxious |
Compared to other high-profile names in American soccer, former U.S. national team captain Claudio Reyna is a man of few words. While some have become television personalities and others have gone into coaching, Reyna has taken on the role of sporting director of New York City FC, where he goes about his work in relative anonymity, seldom speaking to the media. He generally staying behind the scenes as he looks to build a championship team.

Is compensation from pros to U.S. youth clubs on the horizon? Attorney Lance Reich provides an update on the quest 10/16/2017
One of the unresolved issues during these tumultuous times in American soccer is the quest by U.S. youth clubs to get compensated for their former players who go pro, as is common throughout the world.

United Premier Soccer League - Letter From the Commissioner -- United Premier Soccer League | PRLog
In light of U.S. Men's National Team's monumental World Cup qualifying failure, the United Premier Soccer League (UPSL) wants to join to overwhelming call for change in leadership at U.S. Soccer, and an independent review of resources and systems that have affected all levels of the game in this great soccer nation.


Pep Guardiola dedicates Man City win to imprisoned pro-Catalan leaders - ESPN FC
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has dedicated his team's 2-1 Champions League win over Napoli to two pro-Catalan independence leaders imprisoned since Monday in Madrid for charges of sedition. City triumphed at the Etihad stadium on Tuesday to make it three wins out of three in the competition and move three points clear of nearest rivals Shakhtar Donetsk at the top of Group F.

Kane 'focused on Tottenham' after draw with 'world's best' Real Madrid |
Harry Kane says he is "focused on Tottenham" and not thinking about a possible transfer to Real Madrid after he helped Mauricio Pochettino's side secure a 1-1 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday night.

Transfer news: Coutinho move to Barcelona unlikely in January |
The Blaugrana bid for Coutinho three times last summer, but all three offers (the last of which was for around €130 million) were turned down by the Reds, with club owners Fenway Sports Group having insisted their player is not for sale.