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Around The Forest: Orlando City SC release statement on Kaka’s red card

It’s Rose City Road trip time, transfer window reform, Weston Mckennie impresses on debut and more!


Rose City Road Trip 2017 Journal | Portland Timbers
For Miller, Olum and Nagbe, the caravan ended at Warrenton Field, where the Timbers met up with a group of over 100 youth players for a soccer clinic.

Major League Soccer:

Orlando City issue club statement regarding red card shown to Kaka vs. NY |
Two days after a controversial red card shown to Kaká as a result of a Video Review conducted in the closing stages of a 3-1 loss to the New York Red Bulls on Saturday night, Orlando City SC issued a statement explaining the club's position on the matter.

Warshaw: Why the referee did the right thing to show Kaka a red card |
There’s this thing you learn in life as you get older. There are no clear and obvious situations (well, maybe some, but usually not); you can’t always control the world with dignity and flowers. Sometimes you have to do a little wrong to do a lot right.

Playoff probabilities for every MLS team after Week 23 |
We know who's above and below it according to the current standings, but given the fact that teams have played a differing amount of games and have different strengths of schedule, it would be better to look at some different numbers to try and determine who has the best chance of reaching the MLS Cup Playoffs.

Winger Finlay 'reinvigorated' with Minnesota United -
The Duluth-born Finlay practiced with his new team, Minnesota United, for the first time Monday at the National Sports Center after a deadline-day trade from the Columbus Crew SC last week. The winger cited "personal struggles" on the pitch as a reason he was looking for a change after playing his entire career at Columbus since his 2012 draft.

Dynamo’s Wilmer Cabrera takes cautious approach with Hondurans - Houston Chronicle
Coach Wilmer Cabrera knows as well as anybody how important Alberth Elis and Romell Quioto are to the Dynamo attack, but when they returned from international duty, Cabrera was not willing to risk the future for one or two games in the present. Cabrera spoke of how the Honduran national team players were being overworked during the Gold Cup so he was not going to rush his electric wingers into the starting lineup when they returned to Houston.

Revolution's Nemeth says he can be even better than he was with SKC in 2015 |
2015 was a special year for Krisztian Nemeth, one in which he posted 17 goals and seven assists across all competitions for Sporting Kansas City. Now, after spending the 2016 season at Qatari club Al Gharafa, he’s back in Major League Soccer and said after the New England Revolution’s training session on Monday that his body of work is only just beginning.

Real Salt Lake: Mike Petke keeps returning to Luis Silva, and Silva keeps rewarding him - The Salt Lake Tribune
Real Salt Lake forward Luis Silva intercepted a pass from D.C. United’s Marcelo Sarvas. With his second touch he volleyed it into the upper far corner of the net and left goalkeeper Bill Hamid practically frozen on his line.

United States:

U.S. youth Weston McKennie impresses on Schalke debut - ESPN FC
U.S. youth international Weston McKennie drew praise after making his first start for Schalke's senior side in the 2-0 DFB Pokal win at Dynamo Berlin on Monday night.

Parchman: Eyeing the future of US national team goalkeeping |
In soccer parlance, 26 years buys you seven World Cup cycles. In U.S. Soccer terms, that lengthy period of time also gives you a generation of goalkeeping talent perhaps the envy of the entire world. American soccer has been party to no small measure of handwringing over its own ability to produce high-end, boutique soccer talent.


Football Manager 2018: Release date, devices, cost & new features
Football Manager 2018 will be released on Friday, November 10, Sports Interactive has confirmed. You can get your hands on the standard version of the game (available on PC, Mac and Linux) early, though, by pre-ordering from a SEGA-approved digital retailer, which will get you access to the Beta edition of the game at least two weeks before the official release date.

Transfer Window reform is right but Premier League could be left exposed - ESPN FC
It makes perfect sense for Premier League clubs to vote to impose their own transfer deadline from the start of next season, with the window closing before a ball has been kicked, but the initiative will be fatally flawed if the back door remains open for players to leave for foreign teams until Aug. 31.

Anthony Martial warned against trading Manchester United for Inter by World Cup winner Emmanuel Petit |
Anthony Martial has been urged to stick with Manchester United, with Emmanuel Petit warning against a possible move to Inter. The Serie A outfit are just one of a number of sides to have been linked with the France international this summer, with Tottenham another of those reported to hold a strong interest.

Signing €40m Paulinho is yet another embarrassment for Barcelona |
Barcelona fans had been warned. Back at the end of May, president Josep Maria Bartomeu said: "There will be signings that excite; others that perhaps less so." Paulinho falls into the second category.

Jurgen Klopp says officials are hindering Liverpool after Watford draw - ESPN FC
Jurgen Klopp says poor officiating, not slack defending, cost Liverpool in their draw at Watford at the weekend and that he cannot remember his side benefiting from an offside goal.