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Around The Forest: T2 on the road, Diego Simeone staying at Atletico Madrid

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T2 heads to Oklahoma to take on the Energy

Sit back, grab your favorite morning beverage and get caught up with Around The Forest.

T2

USL MATCH PREVIEW & STREAM | T2 travel to face OKC Energy FC Wednesday, Tulsa Roughnecks FC Saturday | Portland Timbers
Playing the first of two road matches in four days, T2 will travel to play OKC Energy FC at Taft Stadium on Wednesday, May 24, before traveling to ONEAK Field to face Tulsa Roughnecks FC on Saturday, May 27. Set to begin at 5 p.m. (Pacific), Wednesday’s match will be available via a live, high-definition web stream at www.timbers2.com.

NWSL

NWSL Week 6 in review: Finally healthy Sky Blue FC finding their form - SBNation.com
Sky Blue climbs into second with a win over Houston and another big game from Sam Kerr.

MLS

New U.S. soccer stadiums changing the design game - Curbed
The growing popularity of the beautiful game has fueled a new generation of urban sports stadiums

7 takeaways from Week 12 in MLS, as unpredictability reigned | FOX Sports
Surprise! It was another week of craziness in MLS.

ATL's Footie Mob SG has married music, soccer culture from the start | MLSsoccer.com
Footie Mob, one of Atlanta United's early supporters' groups, started, as a surprising number of things do, with two friends making a joke online. It was 2014, and two fans of the just-announced Atlanta United FC, Curtis Jenkins and Stefan Kallweit were joking around on Facebook.

Miguel Almiron wins Alcatel MLS Player of the Week for Week 12 | MLSsoccer.com
Miguel Almiron got Atlanta United FC back on track in a big way on Saturday, netting a hat trick to power the expansion side to a much-needed 4-1 home win against the Houston Dynamo.

On Tuesday, he received an honor for his efforts, when it was announced that Almiron was voted Alcatel MLS Player of the Week for Week 12 of the 2017 season by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR).

Orlando City coach Jason Kreis says hard work key to earning better results - Orlando Sentinel
Orlando City coach Jason Kreis said the Lions should not panic and hard work is the key to earning better results.

Galaxy surprise U.S. Navy veteran with a college scholarship - LA Times
U.S. Navy veteran Tamara Lindsay thought Friday would be like any other day, really. She was going to help the Galaxy and Habitat for Humanity build a home for a family in need, then probably go get something to eat and enjoy her evening. Little did she know.

Union now poised to make noise in MLS | John Smallwood
Riding a four-game winning streak, the Union is showing that it's not the same team that started the season with an eight-game winless streak. - John Smallwood, Philadelphia Inquirer

United States

USMNT Mythbusters: American MLS starters doesn’t correlate to national team success - Stars and Stripes FC
Taylor Twellman made headlines at the beginning of the MLS season for highlighting the decreasing number of American-born starters from 2014-17. “That is a concerning trend when you look at opening day starters. Cause expansion is not going anywhere. So for the next 5-7 years if that trend continues, we are gonna look at 2022 [World Cup], the American starters being less than 33%,” said Twellman.

U.S. Under-20s show flaws, potential and toughness in World Cup-opening draw - Goal.com
Tab Ramos' squad overcame an early 2-0 deficit, and the loss of Gedion Zelalem to turn in an impressive draw against Ecuador.

World

Juventus complete Juan Cuadrado signing just one year into three-year loan - We Ain't Got No History
For all intents and purposes, Juan Cuadrado had already moved from Chelsea to Juventus last summer, leaving the Blues on a three-year loan (3!) that took ages to negotiate and an abacus to decipher.

Newcastle Actively Pursuing Leganés Midfielder Gabriel Pires - Coming Home Newcastle
When this site spent time speculating on which players could be poached from relegation victims, it turned out we weren’t thinking quite far enough outside the box. Newcastle United are actively exploring a transfer move for Leganés midfielder Gabriel Pires, according to multiple sources. Pires has been linked with Newcastle for a number of months, with Rafa Benitez said to be an admirer of the Brazilian attacking playmaker.

Diego Simeone confirms Atlético stay - Into the Calderon
The Argentine announced his decision to the Atlético faithful following Sunday’s game.

The alternative Premier League Team of the Season - SBNation.com
So the Premier League season is over and, as such, it's time to deal with the greatest prize in sport: The SB Nation Soccer Alternative Team of the Year. As ever, there's only one rule: Players who were named in the actual PFA Team of the Year aren't eligible.

This season, in keeping with current trends, our team is playing an extremely fashionable 3-4-2-1. Blame Brendan Rodgers. He started it. With his tea and his toast.

Isco is a star for Real Madrid because he believed in his ability to change Zinedine Zidane’s mind - SBNation.com
In August, Real Madrid tried to get rid of Isco. He refused to leave. That couldn’t have worked out any better for either the player or the club.