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Around The Forest: Jesse Gonzalez to make the switch, from Mexico to the United States

Also on tap, USOC updates, the legend of the Rochester Rhinos and more!


Dairon Asprilla: Deceptive & Dangerous on the Wing | Audi Player Index |
Dairon Asprilla has had his share of highlights in a Timbers jersey, and the 25 year-old Colombian's skill-set was on display Saturday night against FC Dallas. Asprilla relentlessly drove at FC Dallas defenders along the right flank and his assist to Fanendo Adi all but sealed three points for Portland. Check out his best moments - Inside the Audi Player Index.


ExtraTime Radio: A timeless goal for USMNT | Tyler Adams dreams big |
That goal. That result. There's only one thing anyone is talking about, and the guys get together to banter their way through the United States' 1-1 draw with Mexico at Estadio Azteca. Where does Michael Bradley's golazo rank all-time for the USMNT? What tactical strings did Bruce Arena pull? Did Kellyn Acosta earn a starting spot? And how on earth does DaMarcus Beasley keep on churning out World Cup qualifying performances? Get all the analysis above, plus a must-listen interview after the break.

Impact's Ambroise Oyongo has knee surgery, will miss rest of season |
Montreal Impact defender Ambroise Oyongo had surgery today to repair a ruptured patella tendon in his right knee suffered while on national team duty Saturday with Cameroon, the Impact announced Tuesday. He will miss the rest of the 2017 MLS season

Seattle's Stefan Frei passes US citizenship test, clearing way to USMNT |
UPDATE: Stefan Frei broke the news on Twitter: The U.S. player pool just increased by one.

Five MLS players score in wild night in CONCACAF Hexagonal |
MLS players played a very prominent role in Tuesday’s CONCACAF Hexagonal matches, scoring five of the seven total goals in the pair of World Cup qualifying contests in Central America.

U.S. Open Cup

The legend of the Rochester Raging Rhinos, last underdog to win US Open Cup |
All it took was a quick glance around the locker room for Pat Ercoli to know he was in trouble. Ercoli, who had replaced Jesse Myers as head coach of the Rochester Rhinos just 10 days earlier in the wake of the team’s dismal 1-6-1 start to their USL PRO season, was about to lead the reeling squad into battle against the New England Revolution in the third-round of the 2013 US Open Cup.

D.C. United vs Christos FC | 2017 U.S. Open Cup |
Christos FC, the last amateur team standing in the 2017 U.S. Open Cup, tried to continue their run with an improbable win over D.C. United on Tuesday, but fell short, losing 4-1.

Watch: Amateur team named after a liquor store scores on D.C. United | FOX Sports
Mamadou Kansaye made the Christos F.C. fans go wild on Tuesday night in the U.S. Open Cup. The midfielder scored a goal for Christos F.C, a U.S. soccer team named for Christos Discount Liquors in Baltimore, against D.C. United of the MLS.

Colorado Rapids vs OKC Energy | 2017 U.S. Open Cup |
With a second-half scoring explosion, the Colorado Rapids lived to die another day, defeating the visiting OKC Energy 3-2 in a come from behind win in Tuesday night’s U.S. Open Cup fourth round matchup.

United States:

Report: Jesse Gonzalez files paperwork to switch from Mexico to USMNT - Stars and Stripes FC
A day after holding Mexico to a draw at Azteca in World Cup qualifying, it appears the USMNT have pulled out another result over their bitter rivals. Former United States international and current FOX Sports analyst, Stuart Holden, reports that FC Dallas and Mexico under-23 goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez has filed his one-time switch paperwork with FIFA to change his international allegiance from Mexico to the USA.

Why Bruce Arena's USA vs Mexico gambles differed from Klinsmann's |
Bruce Arena’s most celebrated achievement outside select areas of Southern California or central Virginia is managing the U.S. national team to the quarterfinals of the 2002 World Cup. His famous round-of-16 victory over Mexico remains the only knockout-stage success the American men have enjoyed at the senior level.

Sunil Gulati's praise of Bruce Arena shows a huge shift in USMNT from the end of the Jurgen Klinsmann era | FOX Sports
Only six months ago, uncertainty clouded the team at every level. It was small questions, like what tactical system the team would use or who would be starting matches. It was also big questions, like whether the team would even qualify for the World Cup or if U.S. Soccer still had faith in manager Jurgen Klinsmann.


Here’s Kevin de Bruyne getting nailed in the face with a rabona -
Some Manchester City players were messing around on the training pitch with YouTubers Chris MD and Minimeter on Tuesday, and it turns out Kevin de Bruyne isn’t much of a goalkeeper.

Passing Percentages Are Mostly Useless – Quantifying Passing Ability | StatsBomb
For years, we’ve used percentage of passes completed as an evaluation tool for how good a passer a player is. The problem is that basic passing percentages are meaningless for player evaluation.

Costa Rica hangs on to beat T&T Panama and Honduras play to draw - ESPN FC
Costa Rica preserved its outright lead in second-place ahead of the United States with a 2-1 win against Trinidad and Tobago in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying on Tuesday night.

Man United the fixture list winners Arsenal fans beware at Christmas - ESPN FC
The 2017-18 fixture list has been published and, after an absence of just three-and-a-half weeks, the Premier League is back in our lives. Though the dates and times will change when the TV companies make their diary requests, we can already see the basic shape of the coming season.

What are Europe's top clubs doing this summer ICC friendlies and transfers - ESPN FC
The European league season has finished; so what are the top clubs doing before 2017-18 rolls around? Here's all you need to know for the summer.

Antoine Griezmann apologises to fans after teasing Manchester United over potential move to Old Trafford - Mirror Online
The French superstar said there was a 'six out of ten' chance of him signing for United but finally extended with Atletico Madrid.