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Around The Forest: Five questions with Thorns’ Ashleigh Sykes

Klopp to Bayern, young guns in LA, Jack Harrison’s call-up a big deal and more!


Five Questions | Thorns FC's Ashleigh Sykes on support in Providence Park, twin sister and more | Portland Timbers
On the eve of Saturday's 2017 NWSL Playoff Semifinal against the Orlando Pride, presented by Tillamook Yogurt (12:20pm, Lifetime, TICKETS), we sit down with Thorns FC forward Ashleigh Sykes to learn about home support at Providence Park, her twin sister and more.

Major League Soccer:

Galaxy's Bradford Jamieson's making case for big 2018 role with strong play |
With the LA Galaxy mathematically eliminated from contention for the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs, results like the 1-1 draw against Real Salt Lake on Saturday night don’t sting quite as much. At this point, players are playing for a spot on next year’s squad. With a goal in each of his last two games, Bradford Jamieson IV has emerged as a player to watch in the future.

2017 Best-Dressed MLS Coach Bracket |
The voters have spoken. During the "play-in round" of this year's Best-Dressed MLS Coach bracket, we had to eliminate six coaches to get to the Round of 16. Reigning champ Caleb Porter, head coach of the Portland Timbers, lives to defend his title in this round -- but he's got some tough competition.

Jack Harrison's England U-21 call-up is the feelgood story US soccer needs | Football | The Guardian
Has a call-up to the England Under-21 squad ever caused such a stir? When news broke on Sunday that Jack Harrison had been selected for Aidy Boothroyd’s squad, some of the game’s greats were quick to praise the New York City FC winger for his belated international recognition. “So happy for you,” Frank Lampard wrote on Instagram. “Top man, you deserve it and more.” David Villa went one step further. “Congrats golden boy,” the Spain World Cup winner eulogized on Twitter. “You deserve it, Jack! We are proud of you!”

Soccer: A look at FC Dallas' playoff chances; Your last chance to see the Supporters' Shield | SportsDay
FC Dallas left Central Florida with a point on Saturday, leaving them briefly in fifth place. The evening's other results would push FCD back down to eighth, with a single point separating four teams in the race for the final two playoff spots.

Columbus in their best form of 2017 at perfect time | Expected Goals |
They've flown under the radar for much of 2017, but with an Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoff spot secure, teams in the Eastern Conference should fear a Columbus Crew SC team who are in their best form of the season at exactly the right time.

Atlanta United lose another starter with Greg Garza out 4-6 weeks |
Not much is going wrong in Atlanta these days, with an eight-game unbeaten run putting the expansion club on the precipice of earning the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. But they will have to earn that spot in the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs without another one of their main contributors.

Revenge win over Atlanta marks Minnesota United's 2017 progress |
Minnesota United are not dead yet. While much attention has been lavished on the success of their expansion siblings Atlanta United, over the past month the Loons have signaled to the rest of MLS that the North has something to say, too.

United States:

Benny Feilhaber on return to USMNT: "It's a real shock to be here" |
Benny Feilhaber thought his days with the US national team were over. A brief call-up for January camp earlier this year ended a three-year absence with the US, but Feilhaber assumed it was an isolated blip in a broader exile

World Cup: USA controls its own destiny but margin for error greatly reduced 10/03/2017
The USA famously won, 1-0, at Trinidad & Tobago to advance to the 1990 World Cup in Italy on the final day of qualifying, but that Concacaf tournament was the Pentagonal, a five-team competition.


FIFA reject Leicester’s appeal over Adrien Silva transfer – ProSoccerTalk
The Foxes signed Portuguese international midfielder Adrien Silva from Sporting Lisbon on transfer deadline day back on Aug. 31, or so they thought. FIFA denied the player registration as it had been submitted just 14 seconds after the summer transfer window had shut.

Liverpool news: Jurgen Klopp 'ready' to trade Reds for Bayern Munich job, says Christoph Metzelder |
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is a ready-made candidate for the Bayern Munich job, according to former Germany international Christoph Metzelder. Carlo Ancelotti was sacked as Bayern head coach following an underwhelming start to the season which culminated in a 3-0 Champions League defeat against Paris Saint-Germain.

Gerard Pique: Barcelona defender vows not to retire in impassioned press conference as vandals target Spain star following Catalan independence referendum |
The defender, who tearfully offered his resignation from the Spain team at the weekend amid violence following the Catalan independence referendum , was whistled at during a Spain training session .