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Around The Forest: Paulson hints at Timbers signings coming soon

Also: Five teams that cornered the international market, DC United looking at Ousted, MLS announces every teams home opener and more!


Report: Merritt Paulson "hopeful" for Timbers to sign two players next week |
With Giovanni Savarese installed as the Portland Timbers' next coach, club owner Merritt Paulson suggested Saturday on Twitter that new additions will be coming very shortly.

Major League Soccer

Panizo: Five teams that killed it on international market in 2017 |
MLS clubs continued to scour the globe for talent this year, and they did well in that regard as there was no shortage of players from the international market who came in and made an immediate impact in their debut seasons in the league. Some teams were a cut above the rest in identifying talent, however, as they were able to bolster their rosters with the addition of multiple regular contributors, starters, and star players.

DC United reportedly trading for Vancouver Whitecaps' David Ousted |
Twitter handle GlassCityFC tweeted on Saturday that Ousted has been traded by the Vancouver Whitecaps to D.C. United. Vancouver is reportedly getting a late-round draft pick in exchange for the 32-year-old netminder.

Sorting through the top 10 transfer stories of the week |
If one thing was made clear this week in MLS, it is that the offseason is well underway. MLS teams continued to wheel and deal over the past few days in an effort to bolster their rosters ahead of the 2018 campaign. Some moves were made official while others continued to simple be part of the rumor mill. Nevertheless, it was a busy week.

Check out the best goal celebrations from the 2017 MLS season |
From the creative to the bizarre to the purely exhilarating, check out all the best goal celebrations from the 2017 MLS season.

Philadelphia Union fan reunites USMNT star Christian Pulisic with his dog |
With the German Bundesliga on a holiday break, Borussia Dortmund and US national team star Christian Pulisic was back in America to celebrate. Unlucky for him, the 19-year-old was in Washington, D.C. while his dog was in Hershey, Penn.

Report: Orlando City SC sign young Paraguayan attacker Josue Colman |
Kaká has retired from professional soccer and it appears that Orlando City SC are replacing him with a young Paraguayan star. That is according to reports from Paraguayan newspaper ABC Color.

MLS announces 2018 home openers for all 23 clubs; season kicks off March 3 |
Major League Soccer announced the details for the 2018 home openers for all 23 clubs on Tuesday, unveiling some juicy early-season matchups beginning on Saturday, March 3. Defending MLS Cup, Supporters’ Shield and Canadian Championship winners Toronto FC will play the first match of the 2018 season, when they take on Columbus Crew SC at BMO Field in a rematch of the Eastern Conference Championship series on March 3 at 1 pm ET.

Report: Colo Colo preparing bid for Atlanta United's Carlos Carmona |
A report from AS in Chile on Sunday suggests that Colo Colo are preparing their final bid for Atlanta United midfielder Carlos Carmona. The Chilean international started his career in his native country with Coquimbo Unido and O'Higgins before moving on to Italy.

United States

SheBelieves 2018 details announced - Stars and Stripes FC
US Soccer has announced the details for 2018’s SheBelieves tournament, bringing back opponents Germany, France, and England for a third time for a series of doubleheaders. The US schedule is as follows:


Australian soccer in such a dire situation that a FIFA takeover seemed like a good idea - Howler Magazine
FIFA is well-known as a hotbed of corruption, ineptitude, and sexism. Not exactly a beacon of competent and effective governance in the soccer world. Imagine then that things were in such a state that FIFA was considering taking control of soccer in your country, and that this prospect was seen as a good idea.

Antonio Conte says he will help decide transfer targets for Chelsea in January |
Antonio Conte says that Chelsea's transfer chiefs and him will jointly decide how the club's money is spent in January transfer market. Everton recently frustrated Chelsea in a 0-0 draw at Goodison Park in the Premier League, with Manchester City's lead now looking untouchable, as their points gap reaches double figures.

Man City dominate Premier League Team of the Season so far |
The runaway league leaders unsurprisingly feature heavily in Goal's picks for the best players of the season thus far