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Around The Forest: Diego Valeri sets MLS record for consecutive goals

Playoff probabilities are here, LA Galaxy growing their own food, NASL make last ditch attempt to make D2 and much more!


#StatMan Three | Valeri puts his name in MLS record book | Portland Timbers
Playing a third consecutive road match, the Portland Timbers fell to Real Salt Lake, 2-1, Saturday night at Rio Tinto Stadium. Here are three key takeaways from #RSLvPOR in an all-Diego Valeri edition of StatMan Three.

Let’s look at the goal again shall we?

Major League Soccer:

Playoff probabilities for every MLS team after Week 28 |
We're in the home stretch of the 2017 season and teams are battling to get above the playoff line. We know who's above and below it according to the current standings, but given the fact that teams have played a differing amount of games and have different strengths of schedule, it would be better to look at some different numbers to try and determine who has the best chance of reaching the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs.

MLS commissioner Don Garber calls Atlanta United crowd awe-inspiring - Orlando Sentinel
he Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons will battle at Mercedes-Benz Stadium Sunday night during an NFL game broadcast nationally on NBC. The field will show no signs of what happened 24 hours earlier, when an announced crowd of 70,425 packed the stadium for a different kind of football.

L.A. Galaxy soccer team is growing its own food - LA Times
When it comes to feeding the players of the L.A. Galaxy, Los Angeles’ Major League Soccer (MLS) team, chef Morgan Bunnell has a big job on his hands. Not only does he need to come up with menus that will satisfy the players’ personal tastes — defender Ashley Cole once requested that the chef make the food more bland; midfielder Baggio Husidic avoids all animal products — but Bunnell has to work with the club’s nutritionist to create healthful yet delicious meals using seasonal ingredients that will satisfy a range of dietary needs.

Sporting Kansas City able to manage win vs. Revs ahead of final |
Having avoided a potential trap game in league play, Sporting Kansas City can now turn their full attention to Wednesday’s U.S. Open Cup final against the New York Red Bulls. They’ll have to make sure they rest and regenerate, after going full throttle for the first hour of Saturday night’s 3-1 victory over the shorthanded New England Revolution – a scrappy, often physical match that saw Revs forward Krisztian Nemeth sent off just 10 minutes in for an elbow to the face of right back Graham Zusi.

Red Bulls coach Jesse Marsch on resting starters: "Right decision" |
Resting nearly half of their first-choice starters in a 0-0 draw with the Philadelphia Union Sunday at Red Bull Arena, the New York Red Bulls clearly prioritized Wednesday’s U.S. Open Cup final against Sporting Kansas City (9 pm ET; ESPN2). It was a decision that comes with risk as the Red Bulls are by no means locks for the postseason. It was a decision, too, fully understood by Red Bulls captain Sacha Kljestan, who along with Bradley Wright-Phillips, came on a second-half substitute.

Armchair Analyst: West madness, academic in the East & more from Week 28 |
There is a better-than-good chance that, at this point next week, you will be reading a column about Toronto FC wrapping up the 2017 Supporters' Shield, about how they'll have done so earlier than any team in MLS history and with a greater goal differential than any team in MLS history.

United States:

NASL: Last-gasp U.S. Soccer meeting to shape league's future |
The U.S. Soccer board wasn’t convinced two weeks ago that the NASL had a viable plan to meet the standards established for second-division professional leagues. So this Friday in New York City, where the federation denied the NASL’s request for 2018 sanctioning in a September 1 vote, owners will gather and attempt to come up with one.

When did the USMNT get so...old? - Stars and Stripes FC
When the United States roster for the September qualifiers was announced, there were a few people who weren't super happy about some of the names on that list. Ok, it was actually more than just a few people. One of the big criticisms was this idea that the team was chock full of old players. So, let's tease that out a bit. Is the USMNT getting to be a bit old?

DeAndre Yedlin returns to action in Newcastle United win - Stars and Stripes FC
Seattle native and United States international DeAndre Yedlin returned to Newcastle United’s lineup making his season debut on Saturday as the Magpies beat Stoke 2-1. The 24 year-old right-back played the full 90 in the win. According to Yedlin the team is clicking, just like last season when they won promotion from the Championship which, isn’t an easy task.


Everton striker Wayne Rooney pleads guilty to drink-driving charge |
Everton striker Wayne Rooney has been given a two-year driving ban and a 12-month community order after admitting a charge of drink-driving. The former England captain pleaded guilty at Stockport Magistrates court on Monday.

The €150m injury - Dembele disaster threatens to disrupt Barcelona's season |
Everything appeared to be back on track. After all the problems suffered by Barcelona during a troublesome summer, including the departure of Neymar, the Spanish Supercopa loss to Real Madrid and issues at boardroom level, there was a new-found optimism after a strong start in La Liga and the Champions League.

Bayern Munich keeper Manuel Neuer facing time out after reinjuring foot in training - ESPN FC
Manuel Neuer has been ruled out for Bayern Munich's trip to Schalke on Tuesday and could face a longer spell on the sidelines with a foot injury, according to German newspaper Bild.

Tottenham too big to focus on domestic cups - Mauricio Pochettino - ESPN FC
Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham Hotspur are too big a club to focus on winning the domestic cups, insisting the priority is to win the Premier League or the Champions League.