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Around The Forest: Portland Timbers Diego Valeri joins the 50/50 club

Can anyone stop the Red Bulls? Colorado Rapids Op-ed, Christian Pulisic not going anywhere and more.

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Portland Timbers' Diego Valeri becomes 18th player to join MLS's 50-50 club |
Valeri joined elite company by becoming the 18th player in MLS history to score 50 goals and deliver 50 assists. He reached that milestone in the 89th minute of the Timbers' 4-1 road loss to Toronto FC on Saturday, dribbling by a crowd of defenders before finding the back of the net to give Portland a late consolation prize.

Major League Soccer:

Inside Opta: Can anyone stop the new-look New York Red Bulls? |
After back-to-back first-place finishes, the New York Red Bulls had to add a wrinkle to their tactical arsenal. For as effective as Marsch's high-pressing, 4-2-3-1 formation had been, the rest of the league was beginning to catch on.

Paul Daugherty: The glory was in the effort for FC Cincinnati
And so it was on Tuesday night that Futbol Club Cincinnati won by losing. During its six-game dash through the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, FCC found the joy of winning, which isn’t hard, but also the nobility of defeat, which can be impossible.

Goalkeeper Kapp ready to 'make everyone better' at Minnesota United -
The 22-year-old goalkeeper signed on with the Loons officially a week ago, becoming United's third-choice keeper behind starter Bobby Shuttleworth and backup Patrick McLain. United had been in the market for another netminder after John Alvbage's loan expired July 23.

Atlanta United gunning for MLS record
Atlanta United will try to set the MLS single-game attendance record when it hosts Orlando City on Sept. 16 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

2017 J.D. Power Fan Experience Study | J.D. Power
Major League Soccer or National Hockey League teams perform highest in 10 of the 11 markets included in the J.D. Power 2017 Fan Experience Study,SM released today, while an NFL team scores lowest in every market.

Major League Soccer's Most Valuable Teams
When MLS kicked off its 2017 season this past March, it expected to do so with the fanfare of two new expansion teams based in Atlanta and Minnesota. What it maybe didn't plan for, however, was one team to sell out its stadium for the league's coldest-ever game, and the other to not only play its first home game in front of one of the world's biggest soccer crowds, but to maintain that popularity throughout its inaugural season. It's a tremendous statement for the league, and one that's hard to overstate.

Colorado Rapids op-ed: The Rapids Way
Who are we? What do we stand for? What do we want to achieve? These are perhaps the most important questions that any organization can ask itself, in large part because answering them truthfully requires complete honesty. It also requires committing to a strong set of values, acknowledging shortcomings, and perhaps most importantly, it requires looking ahead to the future.

United States:

Christian Pulisic maintains he’s perfectly happy at Borussia Dortmund - Stars and Stripes FC
It seemed inevitable that Christian Pulisic’s name would pop up in transfer rumors this season. We we’re not letdown as once again speculation emerged that Liverpool were setting their sights on the American if/when they sell Philippe Coutinho, who is subject of strong interest from Barcelona.


Arsenal news: Billionaire Nigerian threatens to sack Arsene Wenger if successful in bid |
Arsene Wenger will be sacked as Arsenal manager should Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote succeed in buying the Premier League club. Wenger has been in charge of Arsenal's first-team affairs since 1996, leading the Gunners to seven FA Cups, three Premier League titles, and a Champions League final.

Chelsea's Diego Costa: I will travel to Spain with future 'already defined' - ESPN FC
Chelsea striker Diego Costa has said he plans to travel to Spain to resolve his future as he looks to return to his former club Atletico Madrid.

Monaco's Kylian Mbappe making up mind about future - PSG's Fernandez - ESPN FC
Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe is undecided about his future amid interest from Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Manchester City, PSG youth academy sporting director Luis Fernandez has told Cadena Ser.

Barcelona inferior to Madrid Neymar exit midfield issue among key reasons - ESPN FC
For the first time in nine years, Barcelona are inferior to Real Madrid. That's Gerard Pique's take on the situation, anyway, after Zinedine Zidane's side followed up last season's La Liga and Champions League double by thrashing Barca 5-1 in the Spanish Super Cup.