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Around The Forest: Sunil Gulati will not run for USSF President

Also: Sporting KC ready to splash the cash, Kekutah Manneh trials with Union Berlin, Expansion finalists make their pitches to MLS and more!

Portland

T2 Announce 2018 Tryout Details | Portland Timbers
T2 will conduct player tryouts from February 3-4 at the adidas Timbers Training Facility as the team prepares for its fourth season in USL. The tryouts are open to players 18 years of age and older. Interested players with previous college or professional experience are invited to register for the tryout online; the registration form is available at registration.timbers.com

Major League Soccer

Georgetown Hoyas goalkeeper leaving early to sign with MLS club
J.T. Marcinkowski, a U.S. under-20 national team goalkeeper who started for Georgetown for three seasons, is leaving the program a year early to sign a homegrown contract with MLS’s San Jose Earthquakes, multiple sources told the Insider on Tuesday.

Sporting KC prepared to pay big money for transfers | The Kansas City Star
On a weekday morning this month, Sporting Kansas City coach Peter Vermes summoned front-office personnel into his workspace. The resulting conversation, framed around identifying potential player targets, resembled similar discussions over the past few winters. But with one key deviation.

Fabian Herbers training with German third division club - Brotherly Game
While his future with the Philadelphia Union remains uncertain, Fabian Herbers has been training in his native Germany with third division club FC Hansa Rostock. The club, which has played in the 3. Liga division in Germany since 2012, posted a photo of Herbers on its official Twitter account on Tuesday. It links to a short training report on the club’s website.

Trialist: Columbus Crew SC winger Kekutah Manneh visits Union Berlin | MLSsoccer.com
FC Union Berlin announced via Twitter on Tuesday that Manneh is on a week-long trial at the club. The 22-year-old winger is looking to impress at the 2. German Bundesliga outfit after helping Columbus Crew SC reach the Eastern Conference Championship, which they lost to Toronto FC by a 1-0 aggregate score.

Easy run or not, the Seattle Sounders are bigger and better than last year - Waking The Red
So, this is it. One more game for all the marbles. This is what we wanted, right? Players, coaches, administration, supporters… for an entire year, we have all been craving this. Well, as the old saying goes: be careful what you wish for…

Position-by-position breakdown: Who has the edge in MLS Cup 2017? | MLSsoccer.com
Ahead of the 2017 MLS Cup final between Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders, MLSsoccer.com breaks down the two championship finalists position-by-position. The two teams will face off on December 9 (4 pm ET; ESPN and UniMás in USA; TSN and TVAS in Canada).

Expansion finalists make presentations at MLS headquarters in New York City | MLSsoccer.com
The four finalists competing for the next two MLS expansion slots will make formal presentations on Wednesday to MLS Commissioner Don Garber and the league's Expansion Committee at MLS headquarters in New York City. Cincinnati, Detroit, Nashville and Sacramento are all vying for two expansion slots which are expected to be awarded before the end of the year.

United States

Sunil Gulati will not run for US Soccer president again - Stars and Stripes FC
US Soccer president Sunil Gulati will not run for re-election, as per Sam Borden for ESPN. Gulati has been president of USSF since 2006, though his involvement with USSF has lasted much longer than that, previously serving as vice president, as well as several other positions. “I think the best thing for me personally, and for the federation, is to see someone new in the job,” he told ESPN.

US Soccer nominees for player of the year - Stars and Stripes FC
US Soccer has released the nominees for best female, male, young, and disabled players of the year for 2017. They are as follows:

World

Liga MX Apertura Semifinals: Monterrey and Tigres set up Clasico Regio finale - FMF State Of Mind
Here your five conclusions from the Semifinals of the 2017 Liga MX Apertura. Tigres the better team against Club America. After 1-0 defeat in the first leg, Miguel Herrera and his Águilas needed to...

Bayern Munich's Thomas Muller: Paris Saint-Germain are overhyped
Thomas Muller has urged the media "not to get too carried away hyping" Paris Saint-Germain following Bayern Munich's 3-1 Champions League victory over the Ligue 1 side. Muller, 28, captained the side in the 3-0 loss to PSG in September -- a result that prompted the sacking of Carlo Ancelotti the following day.

Manchester United news: Clattenburg: I quit Premier League because of Mourinho! | Goal.com
Mark Clattenburg says he knew he wanted to quit refereeing in the Premier League after a tirade by Jose Mourinho. Clattenburg confirmed in February that he was leaving his role as a Premier League referee to become head of refereeing for the Saudi Arabian Football Federation.