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Around The Forest: Wayne Rooney retires from International football

Nat Borchers talking the science of soccer, Barcelona to take legal action against Neymar and more!

Portland:

Nat Borchers this time talking about Stand Together and the Science Of Soccer camp.

Major League Soccer:

SoccerAmerica - MLS's rookie class: Latecomers make noise 08/22/2017
Playing time never comes easy for MLS rookies, and it was especially true of top SuperDraft picks in 2017. But one player is making the most of his chance late in the season: No. 3 pick Jonathan Lewis with back-to-back winning goals for New York City FC.

46,000 fans a game: Atlanta United's strange success far from soccer's heartland | Football | The Guardian
Two Major League Soccer expansion clubs first took the field in March 2017, both bearing the moniker United. One in Minneapolis, the other in Atlanta – a city in that lower-third of the American map which, conventional wisdom holds, stands in stark opposition to the globalist concerns of either American coast, and could therefore never deign to care about a sport as preposterously effete as soccer, where flopping is rewarded.

Lalas Abubakar waits patiently for Ghana's call - ESPN FC
Columbus Crew defender Lalas Abubakar is hoping his recent breakthrough in Major League Soccer will soon be rewarded with a breakthrough at international level with Ghana as well.

United looks to build on positives in last-minute loss - StarTribune.com
In a lot of ways, how the Loons ended Sunday’s match at the Seattle Sounders was truly indicative of Minnesota’s inaugural season as a whole.

Stejskal: Why Colorado cut Mastroeni loose – and where they go from here | MLSsoccer.com
There’s not much consolation to take out of a home loss to the league’s last-place club, but Colorado Rapids sporting director and interim GM Padraig Smith likely left Dick’s Sporting Goods Park after Saturday's 1-0 defeat to D.C. United feeling like his team had made at least a little bit of progress.

New York City FC shift venue for September 23 home game vs. Houston Dynamo | MLSsoccer.com
New York City FC’s regular-season home game against the Houston Dynamo on September 23 has been relocated from Yankee Stadium to Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. Kickoff will remain at 3 p.m. ET.

Joevin Jones to miss next two Sounders games for "personal reasons" | MLSsoccer.com
The Seattle Times reported Tuesday morning that Sounders left back Joevin Jones left the club early to join the Trinidad and Tobago national team for its upcoming World Cup qualifiers, after initially being slated for release next week.

United States:

Christian Pulisic is ready for a big year with Borussia Dortmund - Stars and Stripes FC
Last year, Christian Pulisic took America by storm, now, he is coming for the world. Pulisic started his 2017-18 campaign off with a bang, scoring one goal and assisting another in Borussia Dortmund’s win versus Wolfsburg.

Russian football needs to take firmer position against rampant racism ahead of 2018 World Cup - Howler Magazine
The regularity with which reports citing racism emerge from within Russian football is not only anomalous by comparison to other countries, but also shocking. From chants by fans to on-field altercations, you needn’t do much research to find proof of such incidents.

World:

Bayern's new sporting director made Carlo Ancelotti stop smoking at the club - Howler Magazine
If Carlo Ancelotti seems a bit more agitated than usual this season, it’s all down to new Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic, who asked the club’s manager to stop smoking on the job.

Wayne Rooney right to retire from England now instead of being forced out - ESPN FC
Wayne Rooney had earmarked the 2018 World Cup in Russia as his international swansong but time ran out for the former England captain long before his confirmation on Wednesday that he will not play for his country again.

Neymar to fight Barcelona compensation claim and chase bonus payment - ESPN FC
Neymar is to fight a claim by Barcelona for compensation following his move to Paris Saint-Germain and has also promised to battle his old club for part of his 2016 contract renewal premium which he claims has not be paid.

Cristiano Ronaldo to play full Real Madrid Bernabeu Trophy game - ESPN FC
Cristiano Ronaldo is to play all 90 minutes in Real Madrid's Trofeo Bernabeu game against Fiorentina on Wednesday -- even as he continues to rail against perceived "injustices" suffered since he last played a home game.