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Around The Forest: Bob Bradley no stranger to building teams from scratch

Also: Josh Sargent amped for Werder Bremen, MLS coaching vacancies are being filled, Liga MX playoffs in full swing and more!


Get Reading: A curated collection of books to get you through a soccer offseason | Portland Timbers
While it may be cold outside, gets dark too soon, and there’s no Portland Timbers or Thorns FC soccer to be had for some time still, the world between your ears can still be soccer heaven, or at least pretty solid soccer entertainment. There was a time a decent soccer book was hard to find—now there are almost (but not quite) too many. Here are seven that deserve your attention (not including Nick Hornby’s Fever Pitch, which started the whole thing in 1992, because it hardly needs the promotion).

Major League Soccer

Reported Colorado Rapids target Anthony Hudson resigns as New Zealand coach |
The Colorado Rapids coaching search could be drawing toward a long-expected close, as Anthony Hudson resigned his post as New Zealand head coach Wednesday. “I’ve enjoyed every second, it’s been a pleasure and an honour to work with this team and to truly experience what it means to be a proud Kiwi,” said Hudson.

LAFC: Bob Bradley explains how he'll build new club from scratch |
Expectations weren’t high when Lubos Kubík showed up in Florida in early 1998 to trial with the expansion Chicago Fire. The Czech defender had appeared in only a handful of top-tier games in the preceding two years, and he told coach Bob Bradley that his only recent physical activity had come playing ice hockey back home.

Reports: San Jose Earthquakes set to name Mikael Stahre as new head coach |
Reports in San Jose indicate that the Earthquakes are set to name a new head coach ahead of the 2018 MLS season. ESPNFC's Jeff Carlisle and SoccerByIves' Joel Soria confirmed news that emerged from Swedish outlets early Thursday morning that Mikael Stahre would replace Chris Leitch as head coach.

Warshaw: Why has Michael Bradley suddenly become a target of opposing fans? |
There's a single frame of the video from the playoff tunnel melee at BMO Field that's stuck with me. In a lot of ways, it meant nothing. It was neither a red card nor a goal. But at the same time, it felt like it meant everything. It felt like it spoke to so many of the questions I’ve had lately.

Rumor: Is Bob Bradley set to bring two more Egyptians to LAFC? |
LAFC head coach Bob Bradley has already leaned on his Egyptian connections to bring Omar Gaber to the 2018 expansion team, and rumor has it that two more of Gaber's compatriots could be joining him in Southern California.

Report: Atlanta attacker Yamil Asad waiting for decision on loan option |
Like all teams currently in their offseason, Atlanta United will have some important personnel decisions to make in the coming days and weeks. One of the most pressing will be whether or not to pick up the loan option of Yamil Asad, one of the team's key attacking cogs from their impressive 2017 debut season.

How will Columbus, Seattle and Houston deal with their 2nd leg suspensions? |
As the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs roll on and the intensity ramps up, it's inevitable that coaches will have to deal with absences, whether it's through injury or suspension. In the latter case, many of those suspensions will come via yellow-card accumulation, with two cautions being the threshold for players getting suspended during the playoffs.

United States

How will the CONCACAF Nations League work? - Stars and Stripes FC
With the announcement of a new Nations League that’s set to begin in September 2018, CONCACAF will attempt to form guaranteed matches for each of its 41 member nations. The talk has now shifted to how this will work for each teams and whether it will leave room in an already loaded calendar for friendlies outside the confederation for teams like the United States and Mexico.

United States youngster Josh Sargent buzzing for Werder Bremen start - ESPN FC
United States youngster Josh Sargent says he has wanted to play football in Europe since he was "a little kid" as he looks set to join Werder Bremen when he turns 18 in February.


Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere eyes more playing time after Cologne start - ESPN FC
Jack Wilshere has indicated that his Arsenal future could depend on whether he gets more playing time. Wilshere made his sixth start of the season in Thursday's 1-0 Europa League defeat at Cologne, but has made only two substitute appearances in the Premier League.

Liga MX Apertura playoffs: Schedule, dates & teams in the Liguilla |
The Liga MX playoffs are underway. The Mexican domestic season consists of two identical stages - the Apertura and Clausura - and crowns a champion in each of the two every year.

Robinho: Former AC Milan star gets nine-year prison sentence for sexual assault |
A court in Milan has sentenced Brazil international Robinho to nine years in prison for a group sexual assault, according to Italian state news agency ANSA. The former AC Milan and Manchester City forward has been convicted of being one of six people involved in the assault of a 22-year-old woman at a Milanese nightclub on January 22, 2013.