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Around The Forest: The Nagbe era comes to the end

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Baer: Darlington Nagbe's arrival in ATL sends message to rest of MLS |
On Wednesday, the club announced they had traded for US national team midfielder Darlington Nagbe, sending potentially $1,650,000 in total allocation money to the Portland Timbers in a record-breaking MLS deal. The Five Stripes get a supremely talented, international-caliber midfielder in the prime of his career, making an already excellent team even better. Nagbe gets a much-needed change of scenery, bringing his sometimes spectacular, other times frustrating career with the Timbers to an end.

Major League Soccer

Report: SKC agree in principle to deal paying Frenchman Croizet DP money |
Following up on reports out of Belgium, the Kansas City Star reported Tuesday that Sporting Kansas City has agreed in principal to transfer for French attacking midfielder Yohan Croizet from Belgian side KV Mechelen.

Houston Dynamo finalize permanent transfer of forward Alberth Elis |
The Houston Dynamo are bringing back one of the key pieces from their 2017 turnaround, announcing Wednesday that they had acquired forward Alberth Elis on a full transfer from Liga MX side Monterrey. Elis joined the Dynamo last year on a year-long loan with the a transfer option, which the club executed to obtain his player rights.

Rapids select Kip Colvey, Diop goes to Montreal in 2017 MLS Waiver Draft |
After last year saw the Waiver Draft go by with zero selections, the 2017 MLS Waiver Draft ended with two players selected. Former San Jose fullback Kip Colvey is on his way to Colorado to reunite with his former New Zealand national team head coach Anthony Hudson while former LA Galaxy 'keeper Clement Diop is on his way to joining the Montreal Impact.

New National Soccer Hall of Fame will host first inductions in October 2018 |
MLS Commissioner Don Garber will be among the first inductees at the new home of America's soccer archives facility, which are currently being constructed on the south end of FC Dallas' Toyota Stadium as part of a $55 million development set to open next year. Garber was a member of the class of 2016, but requested that his induction be delayed until 2018 so he could be inducted in an MLS stadium.

Mitch Hildebrandt takes the long road to MLS opportunity in Atlanta |
“I always knew that I was going to go as far as possible. You’re going to have to kick me out before I leave, to be honest. That’s just my mentality when it comes to everything. I’m not going to stop no matter what; you’re going to have to make me stop. That’s how I drive myself to get better.”

Nick Rimando, Brooks Lennon expected to re-sign with RSL - The Salt Lake Tribune
Real Salt Lake looks close to re-signing goalkeeper Nick Rimando and RSL Academy product Brooks Lennon for the upcoming season. “I am extremely confident that a positive outcome will be reached very soon with both Brooks and Nick,” general manager Craig Waibel told The Salt Lake Tribune via text message on Tuesday.

LAFC brass reflect on expansion draft decisions, players acquired |
“All these things about what’s happening in the future, they are not preordained on Sunday [when the eligible player list was revealed],” he said immediately after announcing the selections with help from head coach Bob Bradley and an LAFC supporter. “These are really live decisions.”

United States

Eight US Soccer presidential candidates submit nominations by deadline |
As the US Soccer Federation presidential election draws closer, the federation announced on Wednesday evening that it had received the required three or more letters of nominations for eight potential candidates prior to Tuesday night's deadline. US Soccer has not announced the names of the candidates, pending completion of all background checks by the federation's Nominating and Governance Committee, "in the interest of ensuring a level playing field."


The redemption of Mauro Icardi
FOOTBALLERS OFTEN LET THEIR PERFORMANCES on the pitch do the talking for them; silence the critics, earn the big payday and dream move, and ultimately justify their status in the beautiful game. Many, however, fall victim to their own personal shortcomings and allow off-field happenings to define who they are as not only a professional but also a human being.

Introducing football's next generation -- Star Wars: The Last Jedi-style
We all know who dominates the football galaxy right now: the likes of Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Paul Pogba. But who's leading the next generation? Drawing inspiration from the upcoming "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," we used the Force to select the best young players primed to rule the sport in a few years' time, if not sooner. We give you: the ESPN FC / Star Wars under-21 starting XI.

Toothless Arsenal can forget about a top-four finish if they don't end their away-day blues |
Arsenal’s shock defeats to West Brom and Crystal Palace last season were symptomatic of a team not fully focused on the game in hand. Manager Arsene Wenger even admitted that the uncertainty over his own contractual situation contributed to the poor form and subsequent fifth-placed finish.

Manchester United confirm Eric Bailly injury may require surgery
Manchester United have confirmed that the injury that has already ruled Eric Bailly out of their last eight games may require surgery, with Jose Mourinho calling the Ivory Coast international's setback "serious" after a 1-0 win against Bournemouth.