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Around The Forest: Diego Valeri and Adrianna Franch named Community MVP’s

Toronto FC win the Supporters Shield, World Cup Qualifying rosters announced, Barcelona going on strike and more!

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Timbers, Thorns FC announce 2017 Community MVP Awards at Stand Together Banquet | Portland Timbers
The Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns FC announced their Community MVP awards for the 2017 season at the annual Stand Together Banquet on Sunday evening at The Nines Hotel in downtown Portland. These awards were given to the individuals who made a significant impact in the community, committing their time and efforts through the clubs’ community platform, Stand Together.

Major League Soccer:

Toronto FC wins Major League Soccer's Supporters' Shield
Victor Vazquez broke a tie in the 80th minute on a penalty kick and Toronto FC became the first Canadian team to win the Supporters' Shield as the MLS regular-season champion, beating the New York Red Bulls 4-2 on Saturday night.

Honest hard work placing Vancouver Whitecaps FC atop the West |
After clinching a postseason berth with a huge road victory in previously-impregnable Children's Mercy Park, Vancouver Whitecaps FC have some breathing room atop the Western Conference – but not enough to allow them to let up in the season's final weeks.

Travel, injuries hamper Seattle Sounders in chase for top two seed |
Clint Dempsey and the Seattle Sounders flew across the country with a chance to clinch an Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoff berth heading into the international break. Instead, the battered Sounders looked sluggish for most of the game, Dempsey couldn’t find the back of the net after coming in off the bench, and Seattle failed to build off a massive midweek win over West-leading Vancouver in a 2-0 loss to the host Philadelphia Union on Sunday.

New York City FC's Jack Harrison called into England U-21's |
He finished No. 3 on's 24 Under 24 rankings this past week, scored a game-winner against Montreal on Wednesday and has now ended on his week on the highest of notes. New York City FC's Jack Harrison was called up by the England Under-21 national team on Sunday, ahead of two qualifiers for the 2019 UEFA U-21 Euros. This is the first time he has been called up by his home country

Armchair Analyst: Shield claimed, don't sleep on Crew SC & more from Wk 30 |
It was a busy week, including the last full midweek slate of the year. I wrote about that on Wednesday night, and I'm going to continue the format I used then. The weekend that was...

MLS appoints Diego Moratorio general manager of MLS Canada |
Major League Soccer announced on Monday that Diego A. Moratorio has been named general manager of MLS Canada, a new position for the league and its commercial arm, Soccer United Marketing (SUM).

United States:

USMNT October World Cup qualifying roster announced - Stars and Stripes FC
It all comes down to the next ten days. Today, the United States unveiled the 26-man roster who will seek to deliver a World Cup berth in matches against Panama October 6th (7:00pm ET, ESPN2) and on the road at Trinidad and Tobago October 10th (8:00pm ET, beIN Sports). If the USMNT is going to get to the World Cup, it will be these guys who get us there.

Cristian Roldan pledged allegiance to U.S. to honor his parents - LA Times
The most difficult decision of Cristian Roldan’s young soccer career had nothing to do with a game. Because his mother was born in El Salvador and his father in Guatemala, Roldan was eligible to play for either national team. So when both came calling, he admits he was torn: Should he honor the grit and determination of his father Cesar, who came to the U.S. nearly penniless but built a family out of nothing? Or recognize the sacrifice of his mother Ana, who fled a civil war only to wind up working two minimum-wage jobs in Los Angeles to get by.


Catalan independence referendum news: Barcelona announce strike called for by Table for Democracy |
Barcelona have announced that the club will be closed on Tuesday as they take part in a countrywide strike called for by Table for Democracy. No players will report to training on Tuesday, while the youth teams will also be allowed to stay at home.

Merseyside misery Koeman and Klopp strife as Everton Liverpool stutter - ESPN FC
For a season that was supposed to mark the rebirth of Merseyside as a football force to be reckoned with, Everton and Liverpool head into the international break desperately searching for the reset button after failing to live up to the preseason hype in the opening two months of the campaign.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic warned against early Manchester United return - ESPN FC
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been warned against making an early comeback for Manchester United by surgeon Dr Freddie Fu, who operated on his knee in May. Ibrahimovic has not played since damaging knee ligaments in United's Europa League quarterfinal against Anderlecht in April, but after signing a new one-year deal in the summer, has hinted he could return soon.