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Also: A look at Gio Savarese’s career, Perry Kitchen being looked at by LA Galaxy, Josh Sargent wins award and more!

Portland

Giovanni Savarese | A look at his career in soccer
Savarese was born in Caracas, Venezuela and came to the United States to play at Long Island University, becoming one of the top scorers in the school’s history

Major League Soccer

LA Galaxy pursuing former Hearts captain, U.S. international Kitchen - sources
The LA Galaxy are pursuing the signature of holding midfielder Perry Kitchen from Danish side Randers FC, multiple sources tell ESPN FC's Jeff Carlisle.

San Jose Earthquakes hope Eriksson proves potent partner for Wondolowski | MLSsoccer.com
Not since 2012, when Alan Gordon tallied 13 goals and Steven Lenhart added 10 more, have the San Jose Earthquakes had a double-digit scorer to pair alongside team icon Chris Wondolowski. The Quakes are hoping that Swedish attacker Magnus Eriksson might fill those shoes on more than one account.

Colorado Rapids hope to come together in time to pull off major CCL upset | MLSsoccer.com
Colorado will enter next year’s series as a heavy underdog against Toronto, who became the first club in MLS history to win a domestic treble by claiming MLS Cup, the Supporters’ Shield and the Canadian Championship in 2017. The Rapids fell on the opposite end of the league spectrum, following up their surprising 2016 with a disappointing 2017 campaign that saw the club axe former head coach Pablo Mastroeni and finish 20th in MLS.

Taking a tour of Real Salt Lake's Zions Bank Stadium and Academy | MLSsoccer.com
When completed, the facility will serve as the training home for the RSL first team, the Real Monarchs of the USL and the club's youth academy. The Monarchs and the newly-formed Utah Royals of the NWSL will also play their home matches at Zions Bank Stadium.

Rumor: LAFC interested in bringing in Oswaldo Alanis from Chivas | MLSsoccer.com
Currently mired in a contract dispute with Chivas in Liga MX, Mexican international defender Oswaldo Alanis could end up joining LAFC this winter, according to 90min.com. Alanis has been left behind from Chivas' preseason training trip ahead of the 2018 Clausura after refusing to extend his contract, ESPN reports.

FC Dallas sign Bulgarian international left back Anton Nedyalkov | MLSsoccer.com
Nedyalkov, 24, comes to Dallas after spending the last year and a half with Bulgarian power CSKA Sofia. He turned pro in 2011 at the age of 18 with Bulgarian club PFK Litex Lovech and has appeared in 129 first division matches, including 53 with Sofia.

Report: "Peripheral figures" trying to steer Iker Casillas to Chicago Fire | MLSsoccer.com
Journalist Jeff Rueter reported on Thursday that the Fire are in negotiations with Casillas, with the club aiming to sign the Spanish legend to a non-Designated Player deal.

United States

Manchester United evaluating Christian Pulisic for possible transfer? - Stars and Stripes FC
You can apparently add Manchester United to the list of huge clubs interested in acquiring Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund. The Daily Mail (yeah, yeah, I know) are reporting that Jose Mourinho wants another winger and a playmaker and has recently been watching video of Pulisic, someone who fits both of those categories.

Josh Sargent named U.S. Soccer Male Youth Player of the Year - Stars and Stripes FC
It’s been a terrific year for Josh Sargent. In what was certainly not a surprise, the 17-year-old phenom earned another accolade today as he was named U.S. Soccer’s 2017 Young Male Player of the Year.

World

Cristiano Ronaldo Gareth Bale both fit to face Barcelona - Zinedine Zidane
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale are both fit to start Saturday's Clasico against Barcelona, while playing down the "must-win" nature of the game with his team 11 points behind the La Liga leaders.

Jurgen Klopp not planning long Liverpool stay like Arsene Wenger
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has said he does not plan to match the long reigns enjoyed by Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger and could even walk away if he wins a major trophy.

Is Barcelona's Marc-Andre Ter Stegen the best goalkeeper in the world right now? | Goal.com
When Lucas Digne told reporters after Barcelona's 0-0 draw with Juventus that Marc-Andre Ter Stegen is "the best goalkeeper in the world right now," he was not just reacting to an excellent performance with a spur-of-the-moment comment. The full-back actually believes the Barca shot-stopper is currently outperforming every other goalkeeper in the world and, despite claims to the contrary, he is probably right.