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Around The Forest: Zlatan Ibrahimovic set to sign new Manchester United Contract

Welcome to the Eclipse 2017 version of ATF!


It seems that Nat Borchers is keeping himself busy in retirement. There’s more, but I thought I’d spread out the goodness.

Sebastian Blanco finally blending his game into Portland Timbers' formidable attack |
The Timbers were coming off a disappointing 2016 season and preparing to send Argentine winger, Lucas Melano, on loan after a mostly unproductive year and a half in the Rose City. They were ready to make a large investment to sign yet another Argentine winger in his place.

Caleb Porter: Timbers will break out eclipse glasses during training Monday |
Being a head coach in Major League Soccer means preparing for every single conceivable scenario that could impact your team. And for Portland Timbers' boss Caleb Porter, that includes practicing during a solar eclipse.

Major League Soccer:

All-access: Go inside a cross-country NYCFC road trip | New York Post
NYCFC invited The Post’s Kyle Schnitzer and photographer Anthony J. Causi to catch a glimpse at how the team prepares for its 2,472-mile, cross-country trip to Los Angeles to face the Galaxy. From packed commercial flights, to makeshift hotel fitness rooms, to staying focused away from home, this is the life of a NYCFC player on the road.

Kaká serves suspension on "The Wall" among Orlando City SC supporters |
Forced to serve a one-match suspension after receiving a controversial red card last weekend, Orlando City SC superstar Kaká made the best of a bad situation.

Tim Howard speaks to Sports Illustrated about Pablo Mastroeni's firing |
US national team goalkeeper and Colorado Rapids captain Tim Howard may not have the same breadth of history with his current club as recently fired coach Pablo Mastroeni. Still, after Rapids ownership dismissed Mastroeni last Tuesday, Howard told Sports Illustrated in a piece published Friday he felt a responsibility to speak for the team about the exit of one of its icons

After frustrating home debut, Dom Dwyer still believes in Orlando City SC |
With Dwyer forced into a bench role, as well as a face mask, as he recovers from a nose injury suffered during his Lions debut on July 29, Orlando's playoff hopes may have moved a step closer to life support following a 1-1 home draw with Columbus Crew SC on Saturday night.

FC Dallas: When will trophies follow youth academy success? |
The foundation of FC Dallas is stenciled on a wall. It’s just a couple layers of paint, but it may as well be keeping Toyota Stadium, the club offices and the 17 fields just outside upright and in working order.

Toronto FC's Sebastian Giovinco - 'I want to be the best' - ESPN FC
Toronto FC star Sebastian Giovinco says he's using the lessons he learned at Juventus to help give Toronto FC a winning mentality. The former Bianconeri man became an instant sensation upon joining Major League Soccer in February of 2015, scoring 22 goals and providing 13 assists in his first season in Canada -- a performance which saw him named the league's MVP.

LA Galaxy's Jonathan dos Santos says he was 'not even close' to joining America - ESPN FC
The Galaxy's newest designated player completed his move from Villarreal last month and made his debut as a substitute on Aug. 6, before starting in a 2-0 defeat to New York City FC on Saturday night.

United States:

WATCH: Christian Pulisic scores 22 minutes into Bundesliga season - Stars and Stripes FC
Christian Pulisic has done it again. The 18-year-old American phenom prodigy superstar has scored just 22 minutes into the Bundesliga season for Borussia Dortmund. Playing against Wolfsburg without the likes of Marco Reus and Ousmane Dembele, Pulisic has capitalized on his chance to be a key figure in the lineup with a lovely goal in the first match of the season


Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri set for Barcelona move - reports - ESPN FC
Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri says he'll "see what happens" with his future amid reports that he is set for a €40 million move to Barcelona. Both Diario Sport and Mundo Deportivo reported that Barca expect to finalize a deal for the Ivory Coast international in the coming days.

Hamburg's Nicolai Muller out for 7 months after injuring himself while celebrating - ESPN FC
Hamburg winger Nicolai Muller has been ruled out for seven months after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) -- while celebrating scoring a goal.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic to sign new Man United contract this week - sources - ESPN FC
Manchester United expect Zlatan Ibrahimovic to sign a new contract to stay at Old Trafford as early as this week, sources have told ESPN FC. Free agent Ibrahimovic, 35, is recovering from a knee ligament injury sustained in a Europa League match against Anderlecht in April which was expected to keep him out until 2018.