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Around The Forest: Brad Friedel ‘best fit’ for New England Revolution

Tyler Adams and Jesse Gonzalez prep for Portugal, USL-MSL partnership five years in and more!


Academy Notebook | Two Timbers Academy defenders called into U.S. U-14 national team camp | Portland Timbers
Two members of the Portland Timbers Academy – defenders Issac Homer and Ulysses Martinez – have been called into camp with the U.S. U-14 Boys National Team for the team’s final camp of 2017. The camp runs Nov. 11-18 at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., and will feature a series of five matches.

Major League Soccer

Revolution GM: Brad Friedel the best fit for head coaching job, "bar none" |
Before Brad Friedel was introduced as the New England Revolution’s newest head coach on Monday, a slew of checkmarks unfolded first. It began with Mike Burns, the club’s general manager, screening a list of nearly two dozen candidates. Then Burns, alongside club president Brian Bilello, interviewed six to eight potential hires, after which owners Robert and Jonathan Kraft fielded interviews for the final shortlist.

Focused on 2018, DC United's Olsen has "zero concern" about job security |
“I have zero sense in that, and I have zero concern of that as well,” Olsen said Friday. “My job doesn’t change. I’ve been here a long time. When it’s time for me to not be the coach here, it’s time for me to not be the coach here. It’s the club that matters to me. And if that decision happens at some point, or when that happens, okay.”

Video Review in MLS: Howard Webb breaks down Year 1 implementation |
The renowned former English Premier League, UEFA and FIFA referee and current Professional Referee Organization Manager of Video Assistant Referee Operations told in an interview last week that, although the system is still in its infancy, he feels Video Review has been almost entirely positive for MLS.

Proving ground: 5 years in, USL-MLS partnership offers rich opportunities |
The affiliation between MLS and USL marks its fifth anniversary in January, and those seeking proof of the value of the partnership can find plenty in Monday night’s USL Cup triumph by Louisville City FC over Swope Park Rangers. But it may be even more encouraging to note just how many success stories have already been on prominent display for the better part of a month and counting, as the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs unfold.

Sporting KC's reserve side Swope Park Rangers lose USL Cup vs. Louisville |
Sporting Kansas City’s USL side Swope Park Rangers also suffered postseason heartache on Monday, falling in the USL Cup final for the second year in a row after a 1-0 loss to Louisville City FC. The winning goal for the home side came with two minutes left in regulation time on a header by second-half substitute Cameron Lancaster.

United States

Goalkeeper of the future? Jesse Gonzalez hopes to seize "great opportunity" |
Who will start in goal? Caretaker coach Dave Sarachan wasn’t tipping his hand, but FC Dallas goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez is hopeful he gets the chance to prove his value against the likes of AC Milan’s Andre Silva or Valencia’s Goncalo Guedes, who were both starters in Portugal’s 3-0 win over Saudi Arabia on Friday.

After breakout 2017 season, RBNY's Tyler Adams looks for first USMNT cap |
Tyler Adams was one of the rising stars in MLS in 2017, and now all eyes will be on whether the young New York Red Bulls midfielder will take the field for the US national team in what would be his first cap. The 18-year-old player is one of the five newcomers called up by caretaker coach Dave Sarachan for Tuesday's upcoming friendly match against Portugal (3:45 p.m. ET | FS1, Univision, UniMás).


Arsene Wenger: I could take on international role when Arsenal era ends - ESPN FC
Arsene Wenger has told beIN Sports he could be tempted to take over as coach of a national team once his reign at Arsenal is over. Wenger has been linked with both the France and England jobs on several occasions, and said the lighter schedule involved in international management could be beneficial as he gets older.

Chelsea managerial turnover normal in modern football - Didier Drogba - ESPN FC
Didier Drogba has told RMC he does not believe the high turnover of managers at his former club Chelsea is anything exceptional in the current game. Drogba, 39, won four Premier League titles and the same number of FA Cups in two spells at Stamford Bridge.

Andersson rules out talk of Ibrahimovic coming out of international retirement - ESPN FC
Sweden boss Janne Andersson dismissed talk of a possible international return for retired striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic after his side's playoff win over Italy sealed qualification for the 2018 World Cup. Sweden advanced 1-0 on aggregate to secure their spot in Russia -- a feat that denied the Italians a place in the finals for the first time since 1958.