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Around The Forest: Timbers to clinch Cascadia Cup with Vancouver/Seattle draw

Real Salt Lake’s late season surge, Zardes at Right-back for LA, Tottenham expect win in Spain and more!


Cascadia Cup | Timbers will clinch cup if Sounders, Whitecaps end in a draw on Wednesday | Portland Timbers
The Portland Timbers could clinch their fourth Cascadia Cup tomorrow night if Seattle Sounders FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC end in a draw Wednesday at CenturyLink Field. Portland supporters can tune in locally to watch the showdown at 7:30pm PT on ROOT SPORTS NW.

Major League Soccer:

Fredy Montero reflects on Sounders stint ahead of first match in Seattle |
Fredy Montero is ready to return to Seattle. For the first time since he returned to MLS this winter after five years abroad, the Vancouver Whitecaps forward is gearing up for his first match at CenturyLink Field on Wednesday (10:30 pm ET; TSN1 in Canada, MLS LIVE in the US).

This gay Major League Soccer referee is coming out to ease his mind - Outsports
This past June, after getting back from the gym, I sat on my couch wondering how much longer I could hide in plain sight from my family and friends. Rather than continuing to hide from my fears of rejection, I decided it was time to stop hiding in the closet and tell everyone in my life that I am gay.

Real Salt Lake reveal secret to 2017 resurrection: A win-or-else mindset |
Real Salt Lake have now won four of their last five games, and haven’t lost at home in seven games, both streaks that seemed a big ask earlier this season. The recent stretch of good form has pushed Salt Lake above the playoff line in the Western Conference postseason hunt with three games left on the schedule. And if there’s anything this season has already taught RSL, it’s how to finish strong.

LA Galaxy grateful to Zardes for gamely taking on unfamiliar fullback spot |
Gyasi Zardes might not be the right back of the LA Galaxy’s future, but they appreciate the forward’s willingness to try out the position as they try to look forward from their nightmarish 2017 season.

MLS, USMNT legend Eric Wynalda mulling run for US Soccer presidency |
Wynalda, who represented the US in three World Cups and scored the first goal in MLS history, has maintained a prominent national profile, serving as a broadcaster, head coach and technical director since retiring in 2002. Today he works as a studio analyst for international and domestic soccer broadcasts on FOX Sports.

EA SPORTS FIFA 18: Which MLSers made top-ranked lists? |
EA SPORTS FIFA 18 is due out this week, and it comes, as we've seen, with heavy MLS presence in both "the Journey" and the rest of the game. With the release drawing near, then, EA has released a number of top-ranked lists of players across various categories of the game. So which MLSers made the cut in a few of these, and how did they stack up against the others in the lists? (You can check out the full lists on the EA site here.)

United States:

Armchair Analyst: With World Cup in the balance, who should Arena call? |
I suspect that four points from the next two games would be enough to get the US men's national team into third place in the CONCACAF Hexagonal, and thus would be enough to secure automatic entry into next summer's World Cup.

Mike Petke predicts USMNT future for RSL's Justen Glad |
Mike Petke knows what it takes to be an effective MLS center back. The Real Salt Lake head coach spent 12 years marshaling the middle of the backline for three different MLS clubs, making 307 career regular season appearances and winning one MLS Cup during his lengthy career


Tottenham Hotspur are going to the Bernabeu to win, says in-form Harry Kane - ESPN FC
Harry Kane has said Tottenham Hotspur will be going to Real Madrid to win next month. Kane scored a hat trick against Apoel Nicosia on Tuesday as Spurs sealed a second straight group win in the Champions League ahead of their trip to the Bernabeu.

Timo Werner taken off due to 'breathing and circulation problems' - Hasenhuttl - ESPN FC
Timo Werner asked to leave the pitch half an hour into RB Leipzig's 2-0 Champions League defeat at Besiktas on Tuesday due to breathing complications. Werner, 21, requested to be substituted 32 minutes into the game at the Vodafone Park after struggling with what Leipzig coach Ralph Hasenhuttl later described as "breathing and circulation problems."

No Neymar, no Suarez? Has Barcelona goal machine lost his bite? |
The MSN trident is no more at Barcelona. Lionel Messi has remained the main man for the Blaugrana following the departure of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer. But Luis Suarez is somewhat out of sorts at the Catalan club right now.