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Around The Forest: Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta could leave at contract’s end

Patrick Vieira concedes Supporters’ Shield race, Jack Wilshere red carded in U23 match and more!


PHOTOS: The Portland Timbers celebrated the solar eclipse during training |
Both the Portland Timbers and Sporting Kansas City were the two MLS teams closest to the direct path of Monday's solar eclipse. But only one of those teams had training scheduled right during the local time for totality -- the Timbers. And over the weekend, head coach Caleb Porter said the training would go on as scheduled; the guys would just wear protective eclipse glasses.

Major League Soccer:

NYCFC's Patrick Vieira concedes MLS Supporters' Shield race to Toronto FC - ESPN FC
New York City FC coach Patrick Vieira believes Toronto FC will not be caught in the race for the MLS Supporters' Shield. NYCFC rallied to beat the New England Revolution on Sunday to stay four points back of the Eastern Conference leaders, after Toronto ran out to a 3-1 win away to the Chicago Fire on Saturday night.

New York City FC lose center back Maxime Chanot for 6-8 more weeks |
New York City FC have been without the services of center back Maxime Chanot over the last five games and it appears they will have to go much longer without one of their defensive stars

Revolution still lost on road - The Boston Globe
Coach Jay Heaps gambled with a radically altered lineup, but the changes failed to pay off as the Revolution’s road problems continued with a 2-1 loss to New York City FC before a 22,415 crowd at Yankee Stadium Sunday night.

SoccerAmerica - Toronto FC closes in on best regular-season record 08/21/2017
There's little doubt Toronto FC is the best team in MLS this season, its 3-1 win at Chicago on Saturday dropping the Fire nine points off the pace in the Eastern Conference.

Atlanta United stars help a unique baby gender reveal
Miguel Almiron and Josef Martinez dropped the soccer balls and ... everything stopped for Daniel Pop. Standing on Atlanta United’s training pitch in Marietta, holding hands with his wife, Loredana, Pop’s brain quit wondering if their gender reveal, the first of its kind orchestrated with Atlanta United players, was going to end with twin boys or girls.

Union's Maurice Edu finally returns to field with Bethlehem Steel
Union midfielder Maurice Edu played in a competitive soccer game for the first time since 2016 on Sunday, making an appearance for the club’s minor-league USL team Bethlehem Steel.

Thrown into the Fire: Christian Dean hoping fresh start will benefit his career | CSN Chicago
Dean was acquired by the Fire in a trade from Vancouver on Aug. 9, the last day before trade deadline, and has already made two appearances totaling 175 minutes. He was thrown into the deep end in Montreal after Joao Meira went down with an injury five minutes into that game, which took place a week after the Fire traded for him.

United States:

Predicting the USMNT’s September World Cup qualifying roster - Stars and Stripes FC
The United States has a golden opportunity next month during their World Cup Qualifying matches to either make their 8th straight World Cup or miss out for the first time since 1986. The 3rd place USMNT face 2nd place Costa Rica September 1st and travel to San Pedro Sula to play 5th place Honduras September 5th.


Wayne Rooney becomes second to reach 200 goals in Premier League - ESPN FC
The 31-year-old became just the second player to accomplish the feat after Alan Shearer, who finished his career with 260 goals in the Premier League, which began under its current format in 1992.

Guardiola's overly complicated game plan is costing Manchester City points - ESPN FC
It says something when a £220 million summer spending spree -- more than half of which has been invested on new defenders -- results in a team playing their first home game of the season with a left winger asked to play as a wing-back.

Jack Wilshere sent off for Arsenal under-23s after pushing opponent - ESPN FC
Jack Wilshere was sent off for pushing an opponent while playing for Arsenal's Under-23s on Monday in an incident that marred the Gunners' 4-3 win over Manchester City.

Barcelona's Andres Iniesta warns that he could leave when contract expires - ESPN FC
Andres Iniesta has warned Barcelona that he could walk away when his contract expires at the end of the season. Iniesta, 33, has spent his whole career at Barca and said new coach Ernesto Valverde had told him he would continue to have an important role this season.