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Around The Forest: Hope Solo settles with the United States Soccer Federation

Hot and fresh playoff scenarios, ATLUD’s Almiron injured at the wrong time, epic fail by Luke Mulholland and more!

Portland:

MLS MVP? Portland Timbers' Diego Valeri sets loftier goals | MLSsoccer.com
Chants of “MVP” cascaded throughout Providence Park when Diego Valeri was presented with his log slabs following the Timbers 3-0 defeat of Orlando City SC Sunday night. With his brace, Valeri has catapulted not only to the the top of the Golden Boot race with 20 goals, but his performance has firmly planted the Argentinian Troesma right in the thick of the Most Valuable Player conversation.

Major League Soccer:

Playoff Scenarios: NYCFC officially clinch a playoff berth with Atlanta win | MLSsoccer.com
New York City FC became the second MLS club to mathematically clinch a playoff spot after Atlanta United defeated the Montreal Impact 2-0 on Sunday night in Week 29 action. The 2017 postseason will mark the second straight playoff appearance for NYCFC, who are in their third year of existence.

Orlando misses defensive rotation which leads to PK | Armchair Analyst | MLSsoccer.com
MLSsoccer.com's Armchair Analyst Matt Doyle breaks down how Orlando City missed a defensive rotation that led to a penalty kick being awarded against them vs. Portland Timbers.

Luke Mulholland's face meets the RioT turf in epic botched goal celebration | MLSsoccer.com
After Luke Mulholland executed a perfect run and finish in the 66th minute of Real Salt Lake's 2-0 victory over the Seattle Sounders on Saturday night, let's just say his celebration lacked a bit of the same focus.

Soccer: Pareja's odd choices fail to bring change to FC Dallas | SportsDay
If FC Dallas was a patient in an ICU, the doctors would be talking to the family about keeping it comfortable till the inevitable. Sure, there's five games remaining, but baring a miracle, the Huntsmen's 2017 season is terminal.

Atlanta United brace for bad injury news about "heartbeat" Miguel Almiron | MLSsoccer.com
Entering Sunday’s match against the Montreal Impact, Miguel Almiron had played every game this season for Atlanta United. And all those minutes may have finally caught up with him. Early in the first half of his team’s 2-0 win at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Almiron pulled up after making a run down the right side.

Daniel Salloi's emergence at Sporting KC has visiting family "in heaven" | MLSsoccer.com
Daniel Salloi’s parents waited until the waning weeks of the MLS season to make the trip from Hungary to visit him. It wasn’t that Istvan and Csilla Salloi didn’t want to see their son. But more than that, they wanted to see Daniel – a fourth-generation footballer – on the pitch for Sporting Kansas City.

Armchair Analyst: Atlanta's burden, Valeri's greatness & more from Week 29 | MLSsoccer.com
We're officially under a month left in the 2017 season, and we're officially two weeks into Atlanta United's month of hell/unleashing hell. They're playing a game every three days from September 10 through October 3 – eight total, seven at home – in what will be, one way or another, a season-defining stretch for one of the league's most exciting teams.

Landon Donovan says LA Galaxy don't "look like they have a real plan" | MLSsoccer.com
Landon Donovan didn't mince any words in the FOX broadcast booth when analyzing the situation of his former club, the LA Galaxy, during the broadcast of their Week 29 match at Sporting Kansas City on Sunday. The former Galaxy legend was critical of what he felt was the LA Galaxy's lack of vision during what has been a difficult rebuilding season in 2017.

United States:

Hope Solo settles grievance with U.S. Soccer Federation - San Francisco Chronicle
The U.S. Soccer Federation has reached a settlement with former goalkeeper Hope Solo, The Chronicle has learned. The U.S. Women’s National Team players’ association filed a grievance on behalf of Solo, after she was suspended from the team more than a year ago and her contract was terminated. Last month, the two parties reached a settlement, avoiding arbitration.

World:

Uli Hoeness - €100m signings unacceptable for Bayern Munich - ESPN FC
Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has told kicker that "a €100 million player is unacceptable" for the German champions as his club prepare to face big-spending Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Tomer Hemed's stamp on DeAndre Yedlin an accident - Brighton boss - ESPN FC
Chris Hughton has insisted that Brighton match-winner Tomer Hemed's stamp on DeAndre Yedlin was an accident. Hemed's hooked strike sealed Brighton's 1-0 Premier League win over Newcastle, but the 30-year-old then courted controversy by stamping on U.S. international Yedlin in a late tangle.

Jose Mourinho avoids FA punishment after being sent off | Goal.com
Jose Mourinho will face no further action from the Football Association after being sent to the stands during Manchester United's 1-0 win over Southampton. Mourinho was asked to leave the touchline by Craig Pawson during second-half injury time at St Mary's on Saturday, after fourth official Mike Jones pulled him back for encroaching on to the edge of the pitch.