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Around The Forest: Chicago Fire’s Nemanja Nikolic named MLS player of the week

News on USMNT John Brooks, Will Bruin, Cristiano Ronaldo and more!

Portland:

Join Portland Timbers and Thorns reporter Jamie Goldberg for a live chat Tuesday at 1 p.m. | OregonLive.com
Join Portland Timbers and Thorns reporter Jamie Goldberg for a live chat here Tuesday at 1 p.m.

MLS:

Fire's Nemanja Nikolic named MLS Player of the Month | CSN Chicago
With six goals and an assist in May, Fire forward Nemanja Nikolic was named the MLS Player of the Month. Nikolic has 11 goals on the season and leads the league in that category. The 29-year-old joined the Fire in the offseason and has quickly become one of the team's key players.

2 Atlanta United players receive call-ups
Atlanta United players Miguel Almiron and Kenwyne Jones have been called up by their respective national teams to participate in upcoming games.

FC Dallas' Jesus Ferreira becomes second-youngest player to score in MLS | MLSsoccer.com
FC Dallas rolled over Real Salt Lake on Saturday night at Toyota Stadium with a whopping 6-2 win. Three of those goals came courtesy of Roland Lamah's tidy hat trick, but the capper on the evening, the sixth, came courtesy of Jesus Ferreira in his debut for the team.

Will Bruin overcomes injury to head Seattle Sounders to win over Houston - ESPN FC
Seattle Sounders forward Will Bruin says Houston Dynamo players tried to put him off his stride in Sunday night's MLS game by tugging on the strapping for his dislocated elbow.

NYCFC's Patrick Vieira rejects talk of taking charge at St Etienne - ESPN FC
New York City FC coach Patrick Vieira has dismissed reports linking him with the vacant coaching position at French club St Etienne. Vieira, a former midfielder for France, Arsenal and Manchester City, is currently in charge of City's MLS sister club, but has been linked with the Ligue 1 outfit following the resignation of the long-serving Christophe Galtier.

Heath says traveling fans deserved a lot more from MNUFC's trip to KC | MLSsoccer.com
Fourteen games into their first MLS season, Minnesota United still don’t know what it feels like to win on the road. And with their next two matches also away – including a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup date on June 14 against the same Sporting Kansas City side that pummeled them 3-0 on Saturday – the Loons want to get those woes figured out sooner rather than later.

United States:

US balance in midfield and attack crucial vs Trinidad and Tobago and vs Mexico - ESPN FC
Assuming that Bruce Arena's defense is set, he faces a real dilemma of how to arrange his midfield and attack for two crucial World Cup qualifiers.

US W2W4 - Clean up defense and choose between Bobby Wood Jozy Altidore to partner Clint Dempsey - ESPN FC
The United States national team begins a critical week of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying on Thursday at home against Trinidad and Tobago, followed by a trip south to the Estadio Azteca on Sunday to face rivals Mexico.

United States' John Brooks questionable vs Trinidad & Tobago with bruised quad - ESPN FC
U.S. national team manager Bruce Arena says that defender John Brooks has a bruised right quad, and that he doesn't know if the player will recover in time for Thursday's World Cup qualifier against Trinidad & Tobago.

Five Things to Know About Trinidad & Tobago - U.S. Soccer
Learn more about Trinidad & Tobago ahead of Thursday's crucial World Cup Qualifying clash at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo.

Tab Ramos believed US U-20s could win the whole tournament | MLSsoccer.com
“I think we were for the first time at a World Cup competitive enough to think we could win it,” Ramos said. “We came here thinking we could win it. I think we represented ourselves well.”

World:

Borussia Dortmund name Peter Bosz as new head coach - ESPN FC
Borussia Dortmund have appointed Peter Bosz as their new head coach, a week after the departure of Thomas Tuchel. Bosz, 53, joins on a two-year contract after having led Ajax to the Europa League final, with Dortmund reportedly having agreed to pay the Eredivisie side €5 million.

Francesco Totti could receive offer to play on from Serie B-bound Pescara - ESPN FC
Francesco Totti could receive a local offer to extend his 24-year career as a footballer -- if he is willing to first undergo a trial with Pescara.

Gareth Bale “happy” at Real Madrid; no interest in Man United transfer | ProSoccerTalk
Gareth Bale‘s first four seasons at Real Madrid have been decent enough that the Welshman figures he’ll stick around another year or two, despite serious transfer overtures from Manchester United.

FIFA 18 gets its cover boy in Cristiano Ronaldo (video) | ProSoccerTalk
Cristiano Ronaldo is the latest player to grace the cover of EA Sports’ FIFA franchise. Ronaldo supplants Marco Reus, who ended Lionel Messi’s four-year run on the cover.

Coming Home Newcastle Tribute to Cheick Tiote - Coming Home Newcastle
Yesterday, we lost a family member. Cheick Tiote was a fantastic player and a great personality. He may not have been the most flashy player on the pitch, but he was certainly the hardest working. A player who gives it his all every chance he gets is a true member of the Toon. From THAT goal, his brilliant defensive moments, and the greatest backline in the history of Newcastle United, Tiote is going to be missed by us all.