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Around The Forest: LAFC make Bob Bradley first ever head coach in team history

SacTown building a MLS stadium, Neymar gets in a dust up on the training pitch and more..


Timbers Roots | Jeremy Ebobisse's ancestry and favorite Cameroonian dish | Portland Timbers
Portland Timbers players come from a variety of countries and various parts of the United States. Different languages, different cultures. Timbers Roots takes a look at some of the origins of Portland players to learn more about where they came from before they were part of The Rose City.

Quick Strikes | Sebastián Blanco has been in form over his last seven games played | Portland Timbers
The Portland Timbers head to Texas to face the Houston Dynamo Saturday at BBVACompass Stadium (5pm PT, ROOT SPORTS). Here are five numbers to know for #HOUvPOR in the latest Quick Strikes.

Major League Soccer:

LAFC hire Bob Bradley as first head coach in club history |
The 59-year-old will return to MLS over a decade after he left Chivas USA to become head coach of the US men’s national team in 2006, a post he held until the summer of 2011. Since leaving the USMNT, Bradley has led the Egyptian national team, Norwegian club Stabaek, French side Le Havre and, most recently, English Premier League club Swansea City. He became the first American to manage in the EPL when he was hired by Swansea, but was fired by the club last December after less than three months on the job.

Sacramento to start construction of Major League Soccer stadium | The Sacramento Bee
In an attempt to convince Major League Soccer that its expansion bid is far beyond the competition, the group leading Sacramento’s effort will announce Thursday it is beginning pre-construction activities at the site of a 19,621-seat stadium in the downtown railyard.

Armchair Analyst: With Sigi Schmid, LA Galaxy go back to the basics |
The LA Galaxy braintrust took a risk this winter after Bruce Arena, the greatest and winningest coach in MLS history, walked away from the club and into the job at the helm of the US men's national team.

New York Red Bulls sign Norwegian forward Muhamed Keita |
“We are excited to welcome Muhamed to our club,” Red Bulls sporting director Denis Hamlett said in a statement released by the team. “He is an experienced player that has the ability to play as a forward, or on either wing. We think that his skill set can transfer well to MLS and fit our style of play.”

Can the Vancouver Whitecaps complete a Cascadian MLS Cup treble - ESPN FC
While a Vancouver Whitecaps MLS Cup triumph in 2017 would neatly complete a Cascadia treble on the heels of Portland and Seattle's conquests in 2015 and 2016, respectively, you are wondering how the sixth-place team in the Western Conference at present could survive the playoffs and then knock off, say, a Toronto FC or Chicago Fire to win MLS Cup.

Success of Chicago, Toronto shows MLS clubs must adapt or be left behind - ESPN FC
It has been a strangely undefined MLS season so far. Or at least, there has been a sense that traditional balances of power no longer hold sway, even as it remains unclear exactly where or how the new power bases are going to develop

Onalfo couldn't transition Galaxy from brand names to youth, and it cost him - ESPN FC
After the news broke, the only surprise was the timing of it. Following half a season of indifference and a curdling atmosphere at home games, Curt Onalfo was out as LA Galaxy coach. Sigi Schmid was in.

In returning to LA Galaxy, Sigi Schmid's career comes full circle |
Sigi Schmid took the long way home, but 15 years after winning MLS Cup 2002 with the LA Galaxy the Los Angeles resident once again finds himself head coach of his local club.

United States:

USA falls to Australia 1-0 in Tournament of Nations opener - Stars and Stripes FC
The United States and Australia fought a close and somewhat disjointed game, in which the US showed real quality in patches, but struggled mightily to build coherent possession (stop me if you’ve heard this one before). The difference in the game was the finishing, with Australia burying their one excellent chance, and the US unable to find the net despite a number of excellent opportunities.

Armchair Analyst: Stock up, stock down after USMNT Gold Cup triumph |
The US men's national team accomplished the short-term mission on Wednesday night, when they beat Jamaica 2-1 to win their sixth Gold Cup. Jamaica are well-coached, and the US played some fun, attacking soccer -- and as Bruce Arena said, you play to win the game.

USA coach Jill Ellis looking toward the future at Tournament of Nations | Football | The Guardian
When the US women’s national team hosts the Tournament of Nations starting this week against some of the world’s top teams, manager Jill Ellis could stick with what she knows has worked before.


Mexico federation fined again for fans' goalkeeper chant - ESPN FC
The Mexican football federation (FMF) has been fined and warned by FIFA for the goalkeeper chant carried out by fans in home World Cup qualifiers against Honduras and the United States last month.

Neymar involved in Barcelona training bust-up amid proposed PSG move - ESPN FC
Neymar has been filmed clashing with a Barcelona teammate in training amid growing speculation that he is set to join Paris Saint-Germain.

PSG target Neymar cancels China event over 'transfer issues' - ESPN FC
Barcelona star Neymar has cancelled a "meet and greet" promotion in China because he is "busy with transfer issues," according to a company involved in the event.