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Around The Forest: TFC’s Michael Bradley not a fan of Save The Crew

Also: Red Bulls make roster changes, Seattle takes care of Houston, Nashville SC unveils inaugural kits and more!


Caleb Porter: Portland Timbers manager left without a destination |
Caleb Porter’s surprise decision to leave the Portland Timbers last week left people assuming that he was on his way to a new job, with expansion candidate Cincinnati being reported as his next stop. But multiple sources tell that Porter does not have a next destination yet and that he simply decided to leave Portland.

Major League Soccer

MLS playoffs: Michael Bradley says Crew falling behind in Columbus - 'This is one of the few markets that has not kept pace' |
Don't count Michael Bradley among the people joining the "Save the Crew" movement. In the wake of Columbus Crew owner Anthony Precourt entertaining plans to move the team to Austin, Texas, the Toronto FC midfielder said a potential move could be justified.

Report: New York Red Bulls to part ways with Damien Perrinelle, Gideon Baah |
The New York Red Bulls could be set for some significant turnover in their backline this offseason, as Metro New York's Kristian Dyer reported on Monday that defenders Damien Perrinelle (pictured above) and Gideon Baah are unlikely to return to the team in 2018.

Egypt international Omar Gaber joins LAFC on loan from FC Basel |
The 25-year old Gaber has been a contributor to the World Cup-bound Egyptian national team and played under LAFC coach Bob Bradley when he managed Egypt from 2011-2013. He'll be added to the roster as a Discovery Player, using Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) for the 2018 season.

MLS hopefuls Nashville SC introduce inaugural kit for 2018 USL season |
MLS expansion hopefuls Nashville SC have revealed their kit sponsor and their dark-color kit ahead of their inaugural USL season in 2018, and the club's fans will be able to vote for the new club's light-color kit from among three options.

Up on a Tuesday: Minnesota United hoist first beam of Allianz Field |
On a blustery, sky-blue late November afternoon in the Midway neighborhood, Minnesota United FC celebrated a new phase of construction on Allianz Field with a steel beam signing and raising event. As they hoisted the first real piece of their new stadium, plenty of local politicians looked on alongside others involved in the funding, design, and construction of the venue.

Armchair Analyst: Scoreless in Columbus, but Seattle blow a hole in Houston |
First legs are cagey and tense and tight – usually. In MLS, the proportion of "play-it-close-to-the-vest" first legs is somewhere around 65 percent, just from eyeballing it. That's fine. That's how things are done everywhere in the world just about. In two-legged series, all but the most overwhelmingly talented teams are known to take a page or two from the Book of Mourinho.

Boehm: Fortune favors the bold as Sounders snatch lead in MLS Cup race |
Audentes fortuna juvat. Fortune favors the bold. It’s an old saying of the Roman figure Pliny the Elder, popular in military circles – and we used to hear the phrase an awful lot around this soccer-specific corner of the internet, thanks to one Jason Kreis.

Gustav Svensson's Great Week: World Cup qualification and a game-winner |
This first Thanksgiving celebration should prove plentiful for Gustav Svensson. The Seattle Sounders midfielder is coming off a week only topped in the personal annals by the birth of his son and the genesis of his wedding. The Swedish national first helped his country defeat Italy to book a place at the 2018 World Cup and then scored a crucial away goal for Seattle, one that ultimately decided Leg 1 of the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Western Conference Championship against the Houston Dynamo.

United States

Latest US U-18 camp full of players from MLS clubs' academies |
Nineteen of the 24 players called into the camp, which runs through Nov. 26 in Chula Vista, Calif., are affiliated to MLS clubs' academies. Those 19 players are distributed fairly evenly across 13 MLS clubs, with Real Salt Lake, New York City FC, LA Galaxy, FC Dallas and Columbus Crew SC all sending two. This is the final camp for the U-18s this year.


UEFA to investigate Dani Carvajal booking in Real Madrid's Nicosia win - ESPN FC
UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Real Madrid's Dani Carvajal over his yellow card for timewasting against Apoel Nicosia, meaning he could be banned for the round-of-16 first leg in February.

La Liga news: Sevilla coach Eduardo Berizzo diagnosed with cancer |
Sevilla have confirmed, via a statement on their official website, that head coach Eduardo Berizzo has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Reports started to emerge following the club's remarkable 3-3 draw with Liverpool on Tuesday that the 48-year-old was ill, with the Liga club's players having only found out on November 18, after a 2-1 win over Celta Vigo.

Barcelona wanted RB Leipzig's Naby Keita before Liverpool deal - Oliver Mintzlaff - ESPN FC
RB Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff has said Liverpool beat Barcelona to the signing of Naby Keita, adding that Barca "didn't try as hard" to get him. Guinea international Keita, 22, will join Liverpool at the end of this season, with Leipzig having blocked an immediate move as they prepared for their first Champions League season.