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Around The Forest: Three Thorns make the NWSL Team Of The Month

USMNT ready to take on Panama, Iniesta signs lifetime deal with Barcelona, Kaka looking to stay in Orlando and more!


Thorns FC's Adrianna Franch, Emily Menges and Christine Sinclair named to NWSL Team of the Month for September | Portland Timbers
Thorns FC goalkeeper Adrianna Franch, defender Emily Menges and forward Christine Sinclair lead the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Team of the Month voted by the NWSL Media Association for the month of September of the 2017 NWSL season.

Major League Soccer:

Sabetti: The most devastating injuries of the 2017 MLS season |
Injuries to key players have helped shape the fate of several teams this season and could still prove major factors come playoff time. Of the players who have fallen injured this year, these are the ones that have arguably had the most devastating impact on their respective club's season, including in the upcoming playoffs.

Discuss: Which team is the best in the Western Conference? |
Welcome to another edition of "Discuss," in which editors debate the topics of the moment in MLS. Our question this time: Which team is the best in the Western Conference? Sounds simple enough, but with the jockeying in the standings ahead of the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs, the answers may surprise you.

Atlanta United FC set to break MLS attendance record, again |
Atlanta United FC already have the MLS record for attendance at a single match, but they aren't resting on their laurels. The club announced on Thursday they have broken the record for highest attendance again, with over 70,000 tickets sold for their Decision Day clash against Toronto FC at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Report: Orlando City, Kaká negotiating star's return in 2018 |
Orlando City star Kaká may be out of contract after this season, but he may yet remain with the team in 2018. The Orlando Sentinel's Alicia DelGallo reported on Thursday that OCSC owner Alex Leitao says the team and Brazilian star are in talks for him to stay in Central Florida.

2017-18 Generation adidas Cup: Qualifying |
The 11th edition kicks off with regional qualifying featuring MLS teams split across three different regions (East, Central, West). Qualifying matches in each region will take place over 2017 Columbus Day weekend and 2018 President's Day weekend (win = 3pts, PK shootout win = 2pts, PK shootout loss = 1pt, loss = 0pts).

United States:

USMNT World Cup qualification scenarios - Stars and Stripes FC
When the United States takes the field in Orlando tomorrow night to take on Panama, winning will be the only thing on their minds and that of the 25,000 fans in attendance. At stake: a spot in the 2018 World Cup. A win puts that dream firmly within reach, while a draw or loss would see the odds of the USMNT qualifying for Russia take a serious hit.

Wiebe: US can't leave World Cup fate to CONCACAF, just ask Panama |
It’s been nearly four years, and yet the memories remain sharp and the details vivid. You don’t forget days like Oct. 15, 2013, a date that elicits a shrug from most American soccer fans but will forever live on in the collective psyche of Panamanians as a national nightmare.

USA vs. Panama: World Cup qualifier is the USMNT's biggest match in 15 years |
The U.S. national team has graced many a grand stage over the past 15 years. That includes a Confederations Cup final and a number of tense World Cup clashes. We've also seen the spectacle of the CONCACAF Cup, and a Copa America semifinal last summer.


Zlatan Ibrahimovic to return to Man United training centre - sources - ESPN FC
Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is set to step up his recovery from injury by returning to Carrington full-time at the end of the month, sources have told ESPN FC.

Andres Iniesta agrees new 'lifetime contract' with Barcelona - ESPN FC
Andres Iniesta has brought an end to months of speculation over his future by agreeing a "contract for life" with Barcelona, the club confirmed on Friday. Iniesta's contract was due to expire next summer and he had expressed doubts about whether he would continue at the Camp Nou beyond then.

Paul Pogba news: Napoli chief slams Juventus' sale to Manchester United |
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has criticised Juventus' decisions in the transfer market and says he would have kept Paul Pogba "for the rest of my life". After playing a starring role in four Serie A winning seasons, Pogba was sold to Manchester United for a then world record €105 million in 2016, and the Bianconeri then saw another star player in Leonardo Bonucci leave this summer to join Serie A rivals AC Milan.