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Around The Forest: Christine Sinclair wins NWSL Goal Of The Week

CCV scores in his debut, Mourinho doesn’t like playstation football, how will the Western Conference pan out and more!


Christine Sinclair's game-winner in Boston voted NWSL Goal of the Week | Portland Timbers
Portland Thorns FC captain Christine Sinclair scored the game-winning goal in a 1-0 road win at Boston Breakers on Sept. 10. Her goal was voted by fans as the NWSL Goal of the Week for Week 20.

Major League Soccer:

After Hurricane Harvey Houston Dynamo players and staff did what they could to help - ESPN FC
Like so many in the city, the Houston Dynamo was affected by Hurricane Harvey. In its aftermath, the club has played a role in the city's healing; ESPN FC traveled to Houston to hear stories from players, club employees and fans.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 27 | SBI Soccer
It doesn’t look like anyone will be catching Toronto FC in the regular season nor the SBI MLS Power Rankings, but there’s plenty of movement behind them as the playoff push continues.

Spanning the globe: LAFC casting wide net in search of players |
On a warm morning this past May, John Thorrington sat in the stands at Estadio Florencio Sola in Banfield, Argentina watching two reserve squads face off. He’d come to monitor a few players identified by Los Angeles FC's global network of scouts but a flash of brilliance in the 13th minute turned his attention elsewhere.

How will seeding work out in the Western Conference | Expected Goals |
The Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoff race is extremely tight in the Western Conference, with the first-place Portland Timbers only having nine more points than eighth-place Real Salt Lake. As you can see when looking at the latest playoff probabilities from, the six teams currently above the playoff line are the ones most likely to reach the postseason. Where each club will be seeded, however, is very much up in the air.

Will Yura Movsisyan start again for RSL? - RSL Soapbox
After a seven-match run of games as a substitute, Yura Movsisyan started for Real Salt Lake in a huge match against Vancouver Whitecaps. His start start came because of an apparent training injury to Luis Silva, though it wasn’t enough to keep him out of the match entirely.

Federico Higuain's future not proving to be a distraction for Crew SC |
As Columbus Crew SC heads into a stretch that will determine their season, they may be venturing into the postseason with Federico Higuain for the last time. Higuain told the Columbus Dispatch last month that he expects the 2017 season to be his last in a Crew SC uniform, though Gregg Berhalter said he still felt there was a chance to bring Higuain back.

Sebastian Giovinco, David Villa top rated MLS players in EA Sports FIFA 18 |
Surprise, surprise: Sebastian Giovinco and David Villa are the top rated MLS players in EA Sports FIFA 18. The last two MLS MVP award winners both clocked in with a rating of 82 in the latest edition of the popular video game franchise, which is set to be released on Sept. 29.

United States:

Cameron Carter-Vickers scores, helps keep clean sheet in Championship debut - Stars and Stripes FC
Cameron Carter-Vickers is in an odd spot in his professional career. Still only 19 years old, his initially promising professional steps both with Spurs academy and being promoted to the first team and in commanding performances for the U.S. U-20s across two World Cup cycles were off-set by his failure to break into the Spurs lineup for any meaningful minutes, as well as his lackluster performance with the U.S. U-23 team in qualifying for the 2014 Olympic games. CCV has long had the physique of a grown man and the ability to command a back line, but his talent was not translating to the next level


Massimiliano Allegri disappointed with Gonzalo Higuain attitude vs. Barcelona - ESPN FC
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri says that Gonzalo Higuain must help the team more and not let his head drop after he failed to make an impact in the 3-0 Champions League defeat at Barcelona on Tuesday. Higuain cut a forlorn figure in the Juve attack as he struggled to find any opportunities to score at the Camp Nou.

Celtic face UEFA action after fan confronts PSG's Kylian Mbappe - ESPN FC
UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Celtic after a fan came onto the pitch to confront Paris Saint-Germain's Kylian Mbappe during the French side's 5-0 Champions League win at Parkhead on Tuesday night.

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo returns for Champions League Marco Asensio misses out with pimple - ESPN FC
Marco Asensio will miss Real Madrid's Champions League opener at home to Apoel Nicosia on Wednesday night due to an infected "pimple," but centre-back Raphael Varane returns from injury and Cristiano Ronaldo is available for his first competitive club game in a month.

Jose Mourinho says Man United 'stopped playing seriously' after going 2-0 up - ESPN FC
Jose Mourinho criticised his Manchester United players for showing off "PlayStation football" against Basel despite a 3-0 win to open the Champions League on Tuesday. United, playing their first Champions League fixture since December 2015, secured a comfortable win with goals from Marouane Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford on a night marred by a first-half hamstring injury suffered by midfielder Paul Pogba.