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Around The Forest: Timbers and Sporting KC keeping up the playoff pressure

Christian Pulisic, American Figo? FIFA 18 young player ratings, Tony Pulis accuses Alexis Sanchez of cheating and more!

Major League Soccer:

Watch: Michael de Leeuw and Juninho square off in EA SPORTS FIFA 18 real-life skill games | Chicago Fire
Coinciding with the release of FIFA 18, Major League Soccer pitted Chicago Fire midfielders Michael de Leeuw and Juninho head-to-head in the second episode of their EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Real-Life Skill Games series. Watch the Fire pair's attempts at chip shots, penalties, and volleys and find out if de Leeuw has to wash Juninho's car in the video above.

Dynamo's Erick Torres raising money for Mexico earthquake victims - Houston Chronicle
Erick Torres cannot be in Mexico helping those who this month have been affected by earthquakes, but that is not stopping him from trying to make a difference from afar. Torres, the Dynamo's leading scorer, has set up a fundraising account to give money to Red Cross Mexico.

Real Salt Lake: Nick Rimando played like a younger man in shutout of Seattle - The Salt Lake Tribune
After the whistle blew, ending a 2-0 Real Salt Lake home victory over Seattle, RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando met Sounders forward Clint Dempsey in the middle of the field. The U.S. national team teammates embraced and shared a laugh.

ASN Morning Read: Getting Ready for the World Cup
The kids are preparing to take on the world in India, and John Hackworth has his crew listening; Is Major League Soccer's expansion darling headed for a collapse. (Yes.); Golden boys.

MLS Review: Sporting KC, Portland keep pressure on | FourFourTwo
Sporting Kansas City and Portland Timbers kept the pressure on in the Western Conference in MLS, while Atlanta United claimed another win. Goals from Daniel Salloi and Diego Rubio helped Sporting to a 2-1 victory at home to LA Galaxy on Sunday.

Loons' Miguel Ibarra 'in a completely different place' - StarTribune.com
For Miguel Ibarra, a few heart-to-heart talks with his team while cruising around Lake Minnetonka last Monday evening is what sparked his turnaround. After sitting out five Minnesota United matches, Ibarra has started the past two comeback victories, including Saturday’s 4-1 result against FC Dallas, when the winger scored the go-ahead goal.

United States:

USA 2018 World Cup kit designs leaked? - Stars and Stripes FC
Good friend of Stars and Stripes FC and sportslogos.net contributor Conrad Burry has come across a supposed template design Nike has chosen for the USA’s World Cup kits in 2018.

The American Figo? Pulisic could be a Real star at Madrid | Goal.com
"I called him 'Figo' from a young age, as we watched Real Madrid a lot during those years," Pulisic senior told Goal earlier this year. "He liked the way Luis Figo played, so I bought him a jersey with Figo's name on it."

World:

Arsenal's Arsene Wenger slams 'cruel' scheduling after win - ESPN FC
Arsene Wenger has hit out Arsenal's "cruel" scheduling this week, saying Monday night's game against West Brom will force him to leave many players at home for Thursday's Europa League trip to Belarus.

'Cheating' Alexis Sanchez should have been booked for diving - Tony Pulis - ESPN FC
Tony Pulis accused Alexis Sanchez of "cheating'' to earn Arsenal an early free kick and insisted West Brom should have been awarded a penalty during their 2-0 defeat at the Emirates Stadium.

'Diego Costa situation was wrong' - Cesc Fabregas considered Chelsea outcast to be world's best No.9 | Goal.com
Cesc Fabregas considers the Diego Costa saga at Chelsea to have been “wrong”, with the world’s best No.9 heading back to Atletico Madrid. Having been deemed surplus to requirements by Antonio Conte, Costa has finally received his wish of securing a return to the Spanish capital – with a £57 million deal in place.

FIFA 18 best young players: Career mode’s top strikers, midfielders, defenders and goalkeepers | Goal.com
Everyone loves a wonderkid! From Freddy Adu (remember him?) to Cristiano Ronaldo, all the way up to Kylian Mbappe, nothing captures a football fan's imagination quite like a highly talented prodigy. And that's exactly what makes FIFA career mode so great. There is nothing more satisfying than rooting out a diamond in the rough, paying peanuts, and turning him into a world-beating superstar.