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Around The Forest: Manchester United will not renew Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s contract

Connie Valeri interviews Zarek Valentin and getting you ready for tonight’s World Cup Qualifier

Portland:

Valeri Restates Case For MLS MVP - Oregon Sports News
Diego Valeri scored both goals against San Jose in the Portland Timbers home victory last weekend, bringing his goal tally for the year to eight. Tack on another four assists and the Argentinian fan favorite jumps right back into the MVP conversation.

Timbers, Thorns Stand Together for unique volunteer effort | FOX Sports
While World Cup qualifying grabs the headlines, players from the Timbers and Thorns are going to work - wielding paint brushes and shovels.

MLS:

Whitecaps phenom Davies receives Canadian citizenship, 1st senior call-up - Sportsnet.ca
Ever since Alphonso Davies signed his first Major League Soccer contract as a 15-year-old last July, soccer fans across Canada have followed the gifted youngster with excitement, hopeful that the kid would one day suit up for the national team.

5 questions with Atlanta United’s Julian Gressel
According to Opta, in 968 minutes with Gressel on the field, the team averages 2.3 goals scored and 1.3 goals conceded per 90 minutes played. In the 274 minutes without Gressel, the categories are one goals scored and two goals conceded per 90 minutes played. Gressel answered a few questions after Wednesday’s training session ahead of Saturday’s game at Chicago, which features his idol, Bastian Schweinsteiger.

TFC defender Morrow used U.S. team snub as motivation - Sportsnet.ca
Maybe Justin Morrow has a future with the United States national team after all. Morrow, 29, is widely considered one of the best left fullbacks in Major League Soccer. Since coming to Toronto FC in 2014, the Cleveland native has been one of the club’s most reliable defenders, and he played a key role in the Reds’ march to last season’s MLS Cup final.

Minnesota United's development academy underway - StarTribune.com
Carter estimated 175 to 180 players came to the first round of tryouts, mostly local kids from Minnesota, Iowa and the Dakotas. There will be another round of tryouts June 27-28. with call-backs from the first round as well as some new players, as the academy has been flexible with other club soccer commitments this summer.

Will Parchman: Five players who are officially having breakout years | MLSsoccer.com
MLS is more of a depth league than many care to acknowledge. It’s easy enough to see the glitzy carriages delivering teams to MLS Cup titles adorned with names like Donovan, Valeri, Lodeiro. But underneath every David Beckham is the purring engine of a Marcelo Sarvas propelling the entire thing forward.

6 takeaways from 9-man Orlando City's shocking draw to the Chicago Fire | FOX Sports
When most of the action in a match comes from red cards rather than goals, you know it's been an interesting one. Somehow, Orlando City and the Chicago Fire finished 0-0 on Sunday, despite two red cards for Orlando.

United States:

DeAndre Yedlin’s very good year with Newcastle United could also spark USMNT - The Washington Post
The swift right back has clinched a return to the Premier League, and in all likelihood, to the starting lineup for the American's next two World Cup qualifiers.

In World Cup Qualifiers, U.S. Soccer Team Faces an Old Foe: Altitude - The New York Times
Experience has taught the United States team to prepare for the high altitude, but also not to think too much about it.

Landon Donovan calls Clint Dempsey's goal tally 'much more impressive' than his - Goal.com
Though he's on the verge of losing his decade-long grip on the U.S. goal-scoring record, Landon Donovan only has praise for the man set to break it.

USMNT World Cup qualifiers vs Trinidad, Mexico have unusual factors | SI.com
Athletes, in case you haven’t heard, prefer to take it one game at a time. It’s the industry standard. Don’t look too far ahead, or you may trip over whatever’s right beneath your feet. It can be tiring to hear about it over and over, but it's tough to deny that it’s an aphorism (and a cliche) that makes a lot of sense.

U.S. National Team Faces 2-Game Stretch as Crucial as It Is Grueling - The New York Times
The United States will play Trinidad and Tobago on Thursday before flying to Mexico to play in the hostile Estadio Azteca — and the Americans are desperate for points.

For Pulisic and U.S., the Future Is Now – Empire of Soccer
Christian Pulisic has quickly emerged as one of the key players for the U.S. on the road to the World Cup in Russia.

World:

The unthinkable fate of Chapecoense
Seven months ago, Brazilian underdogs Chapecoense boarded a plane to play in the game of their lives. Instead, their biggest moment turned into a tragedy no one can forget.

Manchester United to release out-of-contract Zlatan Ibrahimovic - ESPN FC
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not expected to be offered a new contract by Manchester United, sources have told ESPN FC. The striker's current one-year deal is set to expire on June 30 and with no new agreement in place he is unlikely to be on United's list of retained players when it is published by the Premier League on Friday.

Rafa Marquez leads Mexico's Confederations Cup squad - ESPN FC
Mexico's 23-player roster for the Confederations Cup was released by FIFA on Thursday, with 38-year-old Rafa Marquez included. Marquez was expected to be named, although there were doubts due to him having only played 22 minutes since March 25, following back surgery.

Check out the new Juventus kits for next season with the revised logo | FOX Sports
Juventus dropped their first kits with their modern logo.

Soccer On TV:

United States v Trinidad & Tobago FS1, 5:00pm PST