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Around The Forest: Toronto FC make it back to the MLS Cup Final

Also: Christine Sinclair nets her 169th international goal, Tyler Adams on 20 under 20 list, 442’s Top 50 Women and more!

Portland

Timbers Academy alum Foster Langsdorf named as semifinalist for the 2017 MAC Hermann Trophy | Portland Timbers
Portland Timbers Academy alum and Stanford University senior Foster Langsdorf was named as one of 15 semifinalists for the 2017 MAC Hermann Trophy. The award is given annually to the best college soccer player in the U.S.

International Notebook | Thorns FC's Christine Sinclair scores her 169th international goal in Canada's win over Norway | Portland Timbers
Thorns FC forward Christine Sinclair scored her 169th international goal to help the Canada Women's National Team to a come-from-behind 3-2 win over Norway in the team's final match of 2017.

Academy Update | Jhovany Gaytan records second straight hat trick for Timbers U-14s | Portland Timbers
Road wins all around for the Timbers Academy teams as the U-19, U-17, U-14 and U-13 sides all picked up road results in their latest matches on Nov. 18. The Timbers U-19 and U-17 teams continued their run of form each winning a third straight match, while Jhovany Gaytan recorded a hat trick in a second straight match for the Timbers U-14 side.

Major League Soccer

Red Bulls' Tyler Adams named to Crain's New York's 20 under 20 list | MLSsoccer.com
The accolades keep on rolling in for Tyler Adams. The 18-year-old New York Red Bulls midfielder was named to the Crain’s New York 20 under 20 list for 2017. The list profiles breakout athletes, entrepreneurs and performing artists from New York.

Atlanta United sign Greg Garza to multi-year contract | Atlanta United FC
“Greg was an integral part of our first-year success and we’re happy we were able to bring him back on a permanent basis,” said Atlanta United technical director Carlos Bocanegra. “He’s a natural fit for our style of play and in addition to his on-field performance, which was recognized by his place in the MLS All-Star Game, Greg has become an important figure in the locker room.”

RUMOR: Edgar Castillo to the Rapids is a “done deal” - Burgundy Wave
While there was a lot of talk last year about how badly the Colorado Rapids needed a #10 or a #9, there was one other position that was consistently exposed - left back. And with all the news coming out today about the CCL seeding, the cap space, and the new head coach, it would have been easy for this rumor to fly under the radar. But thanks to @CapTied96, we found this little nugget of information:

Colorado Rapids appoint Anthony Hudson as head coach | Colorado Rapids
“This is a very special moment for the Rapids,” said Sporting Director and Interim General Manager, Pádraig Smith. “In Anthony, we believe we’ve hired one of the most promising young talents and we’re extremely grateful for the support shown by the Kroenke family and the KSE executive team who remain committed to our goal of bringing another MLS Cup to Colorado.”

Dynamo calibrating balance between aggression, defensive strength for Leg 2 | MLSsoccer.com
The Houston Dynamo know what to expect from the Seattle Sounders in Leg 2 of the Western Conference Championship series on Thursday night (10:30 pm ET; ESPN in the US | TSN, TVAS2 in Canada). The problem is trying to stop it.

Sounders defense hopes to extend record-setting shutout streaks, advance to MLS Cup final | The Seattle Times
Defender Chad Marshall says credit for the Sounders defense’s record shutout streaks extends far beyond the back line. And that’s probably a good thing, because an anchor of that defense, center back Roman Torres, will miss Thursday’s second leg of the Western Conference championship against Houston at CenturyLink Field because of a suspension.

Boehm: Jozy meets the moment, and redemption looms in a Toronto FC treble | MLSsoccer.com
Soccer fans and media have an ugly tendency – thanks in large part, perhaps, to the dehumanizing shorthand of transfer gossip – to reduce players to economic units, market-priced commodities valued on form, attributes, statistics and price tags.

United States

U.S. Soccer presidential election: Candidates take on key youth issues at Chicago event 11/29/2017
U.S. Club Soccer hosted a four-hour forum for U.S. Soccer presidential candidates to discuss key youth issues with its board of directors. Four candidates attended the forum in Chicago -- Paul Caligiuri, Kyle Martino, Michael Winograd and Eric Wynalda -- and a fifth, Steve Gans, participated by telephone.

FourFourTwo USA's 50 Best American Women's Players of 2017: 50-41 | FourFourTwo
Our rankings kick off with a mix of names new and old.

The Traditional Winger – A lovable, yet declining commodity | The Conventional Playmaker
Once upon a time, a galloping, elusive force of nature, raiding and monitoring the flank was the order of the day in both European and South American Football. Originally regarded as an Outside-Right or Left, nowadays the Traditional Winger, these wizards of the Dribble were the epitome of entertainment in football for many a decade – not expected to offer the Full-Back the courtesy of ‘tracking back’, Stanley Matthews’ plague upon the Bolton defence spearheaded Blackpool’s 1953 FA Cup final victory, which is commonly regarded as The Matthews Final, while Brazil’s 1958 World Cup campaign only truly came to life in the final group-stage game, in which Mane Garrincha’s dribbling exploits devoured the Soviet Union’s rigid back line.

World

Zlatan Ibrahimovic no threat to Romelu Lukaku at Man United - Gary Neville
Gary Neville says Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not a threat to Romelu Lukaku as the Manchester United striker continues to struggle for goals. Lukaku began his United career with 11 goals in his first 10 games following a £75 million move from Everton in the summer, but the 24-year-old has scored just once in his last 11 appearances and missed a golden chance during the second half of the 4-2 win over Watford on Tuesday.

Borussia Dortmund news: Peter Bosz snaps at question on future | Goal.com
Peter Bosz snapped when asked if he believes he has a future as Borussia Dortmund coach and insisted he has endured worse pressure in relegation battles. After an initially promising start to life at Signal Iduna Park, Bosz has seen his team drop from top spot to fifth in the midst of a run of six Bundesliga matches without victory.

Rooney gives Big Sam a dream start - but the hard work starts now | Goal.com
At long last Everton have a manager and at long last Everton have three points. Sam Allardyce, briefly of England, reports for duty today and is tasked with maintaining confidence in the squad following Tuesday night's Wayne Rooney-inspired win against West Ham United. He knows exactly what he's let himself in for.