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Around The Forest: NYCFC’s David Villa nervous returning to Spain squad

Haley Raso wins NWSL honors, FC Dalls SG’s teams with rivals for hurricaine Harvey relief and more


Thorns FC forward Hayley Raso named NWSL Player of the Week | Portland Timbers
Portland Thorns FC forward Hayley Raso was named the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Player of the Week by the NWSL Media Association for Week 18, it was announced today.

Major League Soccer:

Soccer: FC Dallas supporters group teams up with rivals in Harvey relief effort | SportsDay
Rival fans from Texas' three professional soccer teams are putting their differences aside in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The Dallas Beer Guardians (FC Dallas), Texian Army (Houston Dynamo) and 210 Alliance (San Antonio FC), under the banner of Texas SGs for Hurricane Harvey Relief, are collecting goods and donations for those in the affected areas.

LA Galaxy hire Dominic Kinnear as Sigi Schmid's assistant coach - ESPN FC
The LA Galaxy have hired Dominic Kinnear as an assistant coach, the MLS club announced on Tuesday.The former Houston Dynamo coach, who ranks third among MLS coaches with 166 career wins, joins Sigi Schmid's staff after parting ways with the San Jose Earthquakes in June.

Tim Howard tries to put aside Colorado Rapids' woes while on U.S. duty - ESPN FC
Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Tim Howard will try to put his club's woes behind him as he joins up with the United States squad this week. The Rapids have the lowest point total in MLS and are enduring an eight-game winless streak, though their anemic attack has been more to blame than the defence.

New York City FC's David Villa feeling 'nervous' after returning to Spain squad - ESPN FC
David Villa says he is "nervous" after joining the Spain squad in training for the first time in three years. The New York City FC striker arrived at the national team's training ground in Las Rozas, Madrid, on Monday afternoon and was greeted with hugs from his teammates.

Toronto FC: From 'worst team in the world' to model MLS franchise -
From the worst team in the world to being on the cusp of recording the greatest regular season in Major League Soccer history, Toronto FC has come a very long way in five short years.

LA Galaxy Special Olympics Southern California Unified team finishes 2017 season undefeated | LA Galaxy
The LA Galaxy Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) Unified Team finished off the 2017 season Sunday evening with a 4-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes Special Olympics Northern California Unified Team. The match marked the end of the Galaxy SOSC Unified Team season as they finished with a 3-0-0 record, 20 goals scored and a +15 goal differential during their three games this season.

NYCFC boss Patrick Vieira - MLS completely changed in 10 years - ESPN FC
Patrick Vieira never expected to find himself in the dugout, let alone living in the Big Apple, but the Arsenal and France great is loving life at New York City FC. After dominating the midfield at some of Europe's biggest clubs as well as his national team, the 41-year-old Frenchman has developed into an exciting coach.

United States:

Christian Pulisic admits everything happened a little too fast for him last season - ESPN FC
Pulisic, 18, had breakout campaigns with club side Borussia Dortmund and with the U.S. national team, for whom he'd never even played a World Cup qualifier for at this time last year.

Las Vegas Lights FC chosen as new name for USL franchise | SBI Soccer
The USL’s Las Vegas franchise has itself a name. Soccer Las Vegas announced their new franchise will be called Las Vegas Lights FC live on Fremont Street in downtown Vegas at 12:01 a.m. pacific time. ETA: Seriously?


Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain turns down chance to move to Chelsea - report - ESPN FC
Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has turned down a chance to move to Chelsea and would prefer to move to Liverpool or stay at the Emirates, according to the BBC.

Kylian Mbappe was once Real Madrid top target so why is he joining PSG - ESPN FC
The entire cycle of Zinedine Zidane's vast success at Real Madrid -- player, ambassador, football director, assistant coach, Castilla coach and now record-breaking first-team manager -- began in Monte Carlo.

Arsenal reject £50m Manchester City bid for Alexis Sanchez |
Arsenal have rejected a bid of £50 million from Manchester City for Alexis Sanchez, Goal understands. However, sources close to the City hierarchy have told Goal that they remain confident of signing Alexis before Thursday's transfer deadline.

Diego Costa transfer: Chelsea and Atletico Madrid yet to find agreement for striker |
Atletico Madrid may have to wait until the final hours of the transfer window to secure the signing of Chelsea striker Diego Costa, as they have thus far failed to reach the £40 million asking price of the Stamford Bridge club.