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Around The Forest: Kei Kamara nets first career hat trick

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Portland:

Timbers Roots | Larrys Mabiala's French home and his fear of . . . cats? | Portland Timbers
Portland Timbers players come from a variety of countries and various parts of the United States. Different languages, different cultures. Timbers Roots takes a look at some of the origins of Portland players to learn more about where they came from before they were part of The Rose City.

Major League Soccer:

Playoff probabilities for every MLS team after Week 26 | MLSsoccer.com
With World Cup qualifying and other international play happening over the last week, only a handful of MLS games took the field for league play. But even with a smaller slate for Week 26, the results we saw pushed some teams closer to, or further from, post-season hopes.

Kei Kamara's "special day" keeps New England's playoff hopes alive | MLSsoccer.com
Saturday night was as good a time as any for Kei Kamara to bag his first career MLS hat trick. His showing led the New England Revolution to a 4-0 home win over Orlando City SC, keeping them within striking distance of the playoffs. And while it took 11 seasons, 279 regular-season games and six different clubs, the 33-year-old striker at long last has his much-desired three-goal performance.

New England's Lee Nguyen ties all-time MLS single-game assist record | MLSsoccer.com
Kei Kamara's hat trick stole the headlines, but he wasn’t the New England Revolution attacker to make history Saturday night.

Toronto's Jonathan Osorio shines for Canada in front of hometown fans | MLSsoccer.com
Jonathan Osorio spent his Saturday playing in familiar confines – and colors – but found himself in line for a first. The Toronto FC midfielder, suited up for the Canada national team, scored his first international goal at BMO Field in Les Rouges 2-0 victory over Jamaica on Saturday night

Dynamo return home Sept. 9; match proceeds go to Harvey relief | MLSsoccer.com
As Texas continues its massive recovery efforts following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, at least a few signs of stability return to Houston and beyond. Among those are the return, finally, of the Houston Dynamo, in their first post-Harvey match, on Sept. 9 vs. the Colorado Rapids (8:30 pm ET, MLS LIVE).

David Villa strains adductor with Spain, leaving camp (UPDATED) | MLSsoccer.com
NYCFC star David Villa celebrated a triumphant return to the pitch yesterday with the Spanish national team, when he subbed on for Isco during Spain's 3-0 win over Italy during UEFA World Cup qualifying.

Toronto's Jonathan Osorio shines for Canada in front of hometown fans | MLSsoccer.com
Jonathan Osorio spent his Saturday playing in familiar confines – and colors – but found himself in line for a first. The Toronto FC midfielder, suited up for the Canada national team, scored his first international goal at BMO Field in Les Rouges 2-0 victory over Jamaica on Saturday night

United States:

USMNT vs. Costa Rica: What we learned - Stars and Stripes FC
The U.S. Men’s National Team may not have gone into the match last night expecting to win, but they should have at least felt confident. The team was at home, playing a Costa Rica side they had beaten 2-0 in July, and were riding a 14 game unbeaten streak under the second tenure of coach Bruce Arena

USMNT venue selection deserves some scrutiny - Stars and Stripes FC
There is no question that the United States were outplayed by Costa Rica from the beginning. From Tim Ream’s disastrous positioning to our team’s repeated inability to finish, the USMNT simply was not up to snuff on the night. Red Bull Arena’s atmosphere most certainly didn’t help either.

Bruce Arena faces lineup decisions and must motivate USA to bounce back in Honduras - ESPN FC
The infrequency with which World Cup qualifying games are held often turns the journey into an emotional roller-coaster ride. Losses, in particular, can leave those involved looking for the Dramamine.

LA Galaxy deliver Sigi Schmid first win since being hired
The Galaxy delivered their first victory for recently-hired head coach Sigi Schmid on Saturday night at the StubHub Center against the Colorado Rapids. The 3-0 win broke a 0-9-1 streak.

World:

Alexis Sanchez posts cryptic messages on Instagram | Goal.com
Arsenal attacker Alexis Sanchez has made his first comments since failing to move to Manchester City, taking to Instagram to post cryptic messages. Sanchez has been rumoured as wanting leave the Gunners for Manchester City for much of the summer.

16-year-old Alphonso Davies sent off in friendly for Canada - ESPN FC
Canada's teenage star Alphonso Davies was sent off with a straight red card in Canada's friendly win over Jamaica on Saturday night. Davies, 16, only lasted six minutes as a substitute before he was sent off for kicking out at Jamaica defender Damion Lowe after the two became tangled by the endline.

Zambrano: Canada to play friendly vs. El Salvador in US | MLSsoccer.com
Here's a quick and interesting tidbit that came out of last night's post-match press scrum in Toronto, after Canada topped Jamaica 2-0 in a friendly. Canada head coach Octavio Zambrano revealed that Les Rouges have an upcoming friendly in the US in October.

Alex Morgan reveals she won’t extend loan at Lyon – ProSoccerTalk
Alex Morgan did this year what many of her fellow U.S. Women’s National Team players have done over recent seasons; make the trek to Europe. However, the Orlando Pride star forward has revealed that she won’t be extending her time in France with Olympique Lyonnais, where she spent the first half of 2017 on loan.