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Around The Forest: Thanksgiving Edition

Also: Thorn’s U17 in action, Miguel Almiron talks Tata, Christian Pulisic returns to Dortmund lineup and more!


Academy Update | Thorns Academy U-17s score five in home win over PSV Union | Portland Timbers
The Portland Thorns FC Academy teams returned home after consecutive away matches to play host to PSV Union FC on Nov. 18 in the Rose City. The Thorns Academy combined for a 3-0-1 record against PSV Union teams, led by a commanding, 5-0 victory by the U-17s.

Major League Soccer

Seattle's Will Bruin finds redemption in front of former teammates and fans |
The striker was traded from the Houston Dynamo to the Seattle Sounders two days before Christmas last year and his revitalized career enjoyed its highest point in awhile as he scored the second goal in a 2-0 road win, all but killing off 10-man Houston’s hopes of an unlikely comeback in the first leg of the Western Conference Championship.

Who will reach MLS Cup? Check out FiveThirtyEight's latest projections |
The Eastern Conference title is still mostly up for grabs, but the West has been all but won. That's the upshot of FiveThirtyEight's updated MLS predictions in the wake of Tuesday's Conference Championships first-leg doubleheader.

An updated guide to MLS podcasts and YouTube shows for 2017 |
With the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States upon us, here’s a large (but by no means exhaustive) guide to soccer podcasts that are either MLS-focused or significantly MLS-inclusive, refreshed for May 2017. We've also updated it to include MLS-focused YouTube shows and channels.

Atlanta, Tata and Me | By Miguel Almirón
I didn’t sleep at all after we lost to Columbus. I didn’t think losing would hurt as much as it did. Everything was new this year for me — the country, the city of Atlanta, the club. Even though I’d been here 10 months, I felt like I was still settling in by the time the playoffs came around. But I didn’t know how connected to Atlanta I had become.

Minnesota United aim to be "aggressive" as hard choices loom this offseason |
Minnesota United FC often found themselves overshadowed by fellow expansion team Atlanta United in 2017. With the new stadium in St. Paul coming together, the challenge is now for the front office and technical staff to improve the on-field product.

Guerreros: Joe Willis photoshop among this week's most entertaining moments |
NYC stand-up comedian and The Cooligans co-host Alexis Guerreros brings you the 10 things on the North American soccer scene that most entertained him over the last week:

Dynamo legend Brian Ching aims to build soccer hub in downtown Houston |
Brian Ching has been seeking a venture that brings him excitement – as he puts it, a purpose that inspires him “gets [him] out of bed” – and he believes he’s found it in the form of a 25,000-square-foot warehouse kitty-corner to BBVA Compass Stadium.


Boston Breakers at a crossroads: What ownership change would mean for the team, NWSL's future | FourFourTwo
A week after the National Women’s Soccer League disbanded one team to start another, a different franchise is facing ownership uncertainty, doubts that put the future of one of the women’s landscape’s legacy teams in serious jeopardy.

United States

Homegrowns Busio, Bello among players called up to US U-17 national team |
US U-17 head coach John Hackworth called up 24 players to the preliminary roster for the annual Nike International Friendlies in Lakeland Ranch, Florida. There will be a training camp ahead of the matches scheduled against England (November 29), the Netherlands (December 1) and Brazil (December 3), with four players dropped from the final 20-player squad.


Dortmund boosted by Christian Pulisic return as Mario Gotze blames players for UCL slump - ESPN FC
Borussia Dortmund's United States international Christian Pulisic is back in training, with his return coming as Mario Gotze said the players "were all to blame" after BVB crashed out of the Champions League.

Manchester United news: Jose Mourinho concedes Paul Pogba call cost his side in Champions League defeat to Basel |
Jose Mourinho has conceded that taking Paul Pogba off against Basel proved to be a costly decision as Manchester United suffered a 1-0 defeat. The Red Devils failed to guarantee themselves a place in the Champions League last-16 with a surprise setback on Swiss soil.

Antonio Conte to prep Chelsea for Liverpool on flight home from Azerbaijan - ESPN FC
Antonio Conte revealed his mind had already turned to devising a tactical game plan to face Liverpool after watching Chelsea demolish 10-man Qarabag 4-0 in Baku to book their place in the Champions League knockout stage.