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Around The Forest: Germany tops FIFA rankings after Confederations Cup win

John Terry signs with Aston Villa and more that you may missed this weekend.

Portland:

City player finding new soccer adventures | Sports | The Journal Gazette
The Fort Wayne native appeared in four matches, including two starts, for the U.S. U17 national soccer team, which placed second in May's CONCACAF Championship. That finish secured a berth in October's FIFA U17 World Cup in India.

USL MATCH HIGHLIGHTS | Orange County SC: 3, Portland Timbers 2: 3 | Portland Timbers
Midfielder Villyan Bijev records a brace, while forward Russell Cicerone tallies his first career USL goal in T2's 3-3 draw on the road against Orange County SC Saturday.

Christine Sinclair recognized with Order of Canada | Canada Soccer
Canada Soccer congratulates Christine Sinclair on today’s announcement of her appointment as Officer of the Order of Canada. Having led Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team to two Olympic Bronze Medals, the medal she will wear today has a very different significance for Canada’s Captain.

Major League Soccer:

Jason Kreis return as Orlando City coach a reminder of how far Real Salt Lake has fallen - ESPN FC
Just days after RSL lost the 2013 MLS Cup final on penalty kicks, and despite a proven core seemingly primed to contend for years to come, longtime coach Jason Kreis summoned his players to his home to inform them that he wasn't renewing his contract.

C.J. Sapong nears double digits, makes case for late Gold Cup inclusion | MLSsoccer.com
After scoring in Sunday’s 3-0 rout of the New England Revolution, that’s all Philadelphia Union striker C.J. Sapong needs to hit the double-digit mark for the first time in his seven-year MLS career.

Red-hot Nemanja Nikolic says he's still not at his scoring best with Fire | MLSsoccer.com
The only person who seems unimpressed by Nemanja Nikolic’s goalscoring clip with the Chicago Fire this season is the Hungarian himself. After his latest brace this weekend which boosted his season totals to a league-leading 16 goals in 18 matches, Nikolic was asked if he is currently in the best form of his professional career.

Philadelphia Union's Andre Blake heading to Gold Cup on good run of form | MLSsoccer.com
Two years ago around this time, Andre Blake left for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup in a tough spot. He was recovering from a pair of knee surgeries and struggling to secure a starting spot for both the Philadelphia Union and the Jamaican national team.

Soccer: Pareja's unique approach to coaching is all about helping FC Dallas 'find the way' | SportsDay
Long before Oscar Pareja was the FC Dallas coach, before his personal motto became a club mantra, he was finding the way. Now that message is sent to everyone in the FC Dallas organization. Whether you're the team's biggest star or the newest member of the academy, you "busca la forma."

Armchair Analyst: The power of possession & more from Week 18 | MLSsoccer.com
Switch the game from basketball to soccer, do a little bit of math and you have an even better quote. "Passing" is the most fundamental skill in in both games, but individual ability has an outsize impact on hoops compared to our sport, which is the ultimate team game.

United States:

USA vs. Ghana, 2017 Friendly: Final score 2-1, Acosta and Dwyer net first goals in win - Stars and Stripes FC
The United States men’s national team beat their old World Cup rivals Ghana, 2-1, in a Gold Cup preparation friendly in East Hartford, Connecticut on Saturday afternoon. Two first-time USMNT goal scorers in Dom Dwyer and Kellyn Acosta led the U.S. to victory.

The tale of Juan Agudelo: How a prodigy beat the hype, revived his career | MLSsoccer.com
Agudelo, fresh off signing a Homegrown Player deal with the New York Red Bulls, lived in Hoboken, New Jersey with Kassell, a fellow academy product and, subsequently, a Red Bulls teammate. It was about an hour and a half from his hometown in Barnegat, New Jersey, and when he wasn’t hanging around the mall with friends or talking about girls, the teenager had a hobby of sorts.

World:

The Future Breed of Full-backs
Football is evolving. In past years, the footballing world had seen a shortage of fullbacks compared to other positions that were given more importance. Teams could be incredibly successful with full-backs such as Arbeloa, Rafael, Fabio, Abidal, etc.

Germany top FIFA World Ranking as Switzerland and Poland rise - ESPN FC
Germany will return to the summit of the FIFA World Ranking after their Confederations Cup victory over Chile.

Benfica accused of serious corruption — and hiring a witch doctor - SBNation.com
FC Porto recently leveled explosive allegations of corruption against their rivals, SL Benfica. Porto’s communications director says that Benfica has been monitoring the text messages of Portuguese FA president Fernando Gomes and making improper contact with an ex-referee who told Benfica which officials would be favorable towards them. These are extremely serious accusations, which Portuguese officials are looking into.

Mexico national team not among the elite: Five Thoughts on El Tri's Confederations Cup exit - Goal.com
Mexico's Confederations Cup defeat to Germany offered a harsh reminder of El Tri's place in the global pecking order. Goal offers five thoughts from the semifinal.

Chelsea legend John Terry agrees to join Aston Villa for year - sources - ESPN FC
Former Chelsea captain John Terry has agreed to join Aston Villa, sources close to the player have told ESPN FC. According to the sources, Terry has informed other interested clubs that he has decided to join Villa and the move is expected to be finalised over the weekend.