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Around The Forest: Bill Hamid completes transfer to FC Midtjylland

Timbers happy for Cascadia Cup, what you need to know about all 8 knockout round teams and more!

Portland

Timbers thrilled at winning Cascadia Cup, topping Western Conference: “It’s massive” | Portland Timbers
For the first time since 2012 and for the fourth time in their history, the Portland Timbers are Cascadia Cup winners. Following a 2-1 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps FC Sunday at Providence Park, Portland found themselves atop the Cascadia Cup standings—a trophy created by the supporters of Portland, Vancouver and Seattle Sounders FC.

Major League Soccer

Armchair Analyst: What you need to know about all 8 Knockout Round teams | MLSsoccer.com
And now it's onto the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs. Twelve teams enter, one team leaves. Survival of the fittest. Survive and advance. Win or go home. We all know what's up. Hit the play button above to get my thoughts via ExtraTime Radio, then let's take a closer look, team-by-team, starting at the bottom:

Tim Melia out, Andrew Dykstra to start in goal for Sporting KC at Houston | MLSsoccer.com
Tim Melia will not be available for Sporting Kansas City’s Western Conference Knockout Round match at the Houston Dynamo on Thursday (9:30 pm ET; UniMas in the US, TSN4, TVAS in Canada), manager Peter Vermes told reporters on Tuesday. Backup goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra will get his fourth straight start in place of Melia, who injured his hamstring in SKC’s 1-1 draw at Minnesota on Oct. 7.

Discuss: Which away team has the best chance in the Knockout Round? | MLSsoccer.com
The Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs are finally here, and while all 12 teams have a chance to lift Cup, history has not been kind to clubs that have had to hit the road in the Knockout Round. Just three of the 16 away teams to have contested the Knockout Round since it was introduced in 2011 have advanced, which prompts today's question: Which away team has the best chance of advancing out of the Knockout Round in the 2017 playoffs?

Fire noncommittal about Bastian Schweinsteiger's status for Knockout Round | MLSsoccer.com
Bastian Schweinsteiger has played on the biggest stages in the world, a level of experience that has helped lead Chicago Fire in their drastic turnaround this season. Now, however, on the eve of the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs, it’s unclear whether the World Cup-winning midfielder will be available for Fire’s biggest match since 2012.

Bill Hamid completes free transfer from DC United to FC Midtjylland | MLSsoccer.com
The first Homegrown player in United history, Hamid leaves D.C. after eight strong seasons over which he set club records in starts (184), minutes (16,269), wins (66), saves (642) and shutouts (49). He won MLS Goalkeeper of the Year honors in 2014 and was also nominated as an MLS All-Star and selected to the MLS Best XI.

United States

Claudio Reyna on American soccer: “We’re far too arrogant” | SBI Soccer
As a former U.S. Men’s National Team star, Claudio Reyna was left very, very disappointed by what he saw from the U.S. Men’s National Team throughout the World Cup cycle, but the NYCFC executive wasn’t fully surprised by the U.S. team’s failure.

Beware the USMNT rumor mill - Stars and Stripes FC
The U.S. men’s national team is at an extremely low point in its recent history. But, here’s the thing. The USMNT is also still a high-profile program with appeal worldwide. That’s why you’ve already seen some popular names from around the globe — like Laurent Blanc, for example — being linked to the open manager job.

World

EFL tells Pep Guardiola that Carabao Cup ball meets FIFA criteria - ESPN FC
The English Football League (EFL) has responded to Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola's complaints about the ball used in the Carabao Cup, saying that it meets the required standard. Guardiola said after Tuesday's Carabao Cup fourth-round tie against Wolves, which City won 4-1 on penalties following a 0-0 draw, that the Mitre Delta EFL ball used in the competition was "unacceptable" due to its lightness.

Antonio Conte slams Juventus president for ignoring his achievements at the club - ESPN FC
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has branded Juventus president Andrea Agnelli immature for ignoring him in a speech to shareholders on Tuesday, in which he heaped praise on current coach Massimiliano Allegri.

Carabao Cup: Will Arsenal & Man City be disqualified over substitute rule? | Goal.com
There was some confusion in the first round, before a ball was kicked, when Charlton Athletic were mistakenly drawn twice and then in the second round, the home/away allocations were mixed up. Of course, the decision to stream the third round draw live at 4am also prompted collective bemusement among fans.