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Around The Forest: Diego Valeri making the case for MVP

ATLUD raising money for hurricane victims, how will TFC attack the rest of the season and more!


The MLS Wrap: Diego Valeri making MVP case |
Major League Soccer's MVP race has felt like a foregone conclusion for some time. David Villa has been putting together a season even better than he had in 2016 when he won MVP honors, and with New York City FC looking like a serious title contender, it was tough to see anyone posing a real threat to Villa winning the award again.

Major League Soccer:

Arthur Blank, Atlanta United FC raising more money for hurricane victims |
Atlanta United FC owner Arthur Blank continues to step up to help those in need after recent hurricanes battered the country. Blank, who announced a commitment from his family foundation to match up to $1 million to the Red Cross almost two weeks ago, pledged another $1 million grant Monday to be split between the Red Cross, United Way and World Vision.

Armchair Analyst: Erik Palmer-Brown to Manchester City to... elsewhere |
Did you watch the US U-20s this spring in the CONCACAF Championship, and then the U-20 World Cup? Sporting Kansas City Homegrown Erik Palmer-Brown wore the captain's armband, and played the first tournament at defensive midfield, then the second at his natural position of center back. He was something past "very good" in both spots, and solidified his position as one of the world's better center back prospects.

The anti-Beckhams: the UK footballers choosing to start their careers in the US | Football | The Guardian
Over the last decade, Major League Soccer has attracted its fair share of British footballers. Since the league’s watershed moment with David Beckham’s acquisition, the likes of Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Jermain Defoe and Ashley Cole have taken their talents to North America.

Burning questions: How will TFC approach this final stretch? -
Some burning questions came to my mind after Toronto FC’s 4-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes this past weekend and as the Major League Soccer season enters the final stretch…How will Toronto approach these final six games?

Former coach Bob Bradley defends Fire as best MLS expansion team ever: 'Somebody lost their mind' | CSN Chicago
t didn’t take long for Atlanta to make a splash in MLS as an expansion team this season. The team leads the league in attendance, spent a lot of money on talented young players like Miguel Almiron (who had Arsenal as a suitor) and Josef Martinez (who has Italian Serie A experience), has a very impressive training facility and just debuted in the brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Real Salt Lake relying heavily on homegrown talent as it rebuilds itself into an MLS contender - The Salt Lake Tribune
A header from 16-year-old Justen Glad floats over the goalie’s outstretched hands in Houston, giving the RSL-Arizona academy team a late lead in the 2013 U.S. Developmental Academy championship game. Glad’s goal is the go-ahead tally in a 4-2 RSL win dominated by two teammates of his who combine for two goals and three assists — Sebastian Saucedo and Brooks Lennon.

Bigger field may mean bigger things for Atlanta United
The field at the team’s new home of Mercedes-Benz Stadium is 5 yards wider and 5 yards longer (measuring 75 yards wide by 115 yards long) than the field at its previous home of Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium, which was listed at 70 yards wide and 110 yards long

United States:

Stock Up, Stock Down: #NGUYENing return to USMNT ahead for Revs star? |
The US national team and Canada are done playing for the month, but it won't be long before October's international tests are upon us. With that in mind, we're back with our weekly report on which US and Canada hopefuls are enhancing their national team prospects and who is currently tumbling down the depth chart.

Only B-Rabbit can save the Internet from Alexi Lalas’s USMNT rants - Stars and Stripes FC
By now, you’ve seen Alexi Lalas’s outburst on the state of the USMNT. Much like his career as a pundit and multiple stints as MLS executive, it was high on emotion and low on anything constructive. But hey! That’s tv, right?


Real Madrid achieved Champions League dominance in three surprising ways - ESPN FC
It feels like yesterday that Real Madrid were obsessed with "La Decima," their relentless quest to become the first club to move into double figures in terms of European Cups. Yet after three triumphs in the past four years, they have 12 to their name, five clear of their nearest challengers, Milan, and seven clear of archrivals Barcelona.

Why Jose Mourinho has never won the Champions League with a super club |
After 644 days away from Europe's brightest of spotlights, Manchester United return to the Champions League on Tuesday with expectations as high as ever. And after 643 days out of the competition himself, Jose Mourinho also has something to prove, having yet to lead one of the continent’s bigger clubs to the modern game’s most coveted title.

Why Paulo Dybala may not play for Barcelona until Lionel Messi retires |
They are very much the men on form. Paulo Dybala has scored seven times for Juventus already this season, while Lionel Messi has hit six for Barcelona. So all eyes will be on the Argentine pair on Tuesday night. Just don't expect to see them in the same club side anytime soon