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Around The Forest: USMNT have little room for error against Honduras

NYCFC take on SKC, Schweinsteiger injured, Wayne Rooney in trouble and more!

Major League Soccer:

Will Schweinsteiger's injury keep him from coming Fire match vs. Red Bulls? |
The Chicago Fire can thank Bastian Schweinsteiger for bringing their four-game losing streak to an end. Now they're hoping the price he paid to make that happen won't lead to him missing any time. At Stade Saputo on Saturday, Schweinsteiger scored his first goal in 20 games, before tightness in his right quadriceps muscle forced him to leave in the 79th minute of Chicago's 1-0 win over the Montreal Impact.

The gang's back together as trio look to jumpstart FC Dallas attack |
The trio of FCD’s most potent attackers – Maxi Urruti, Michael Barrios and Mauro Diaz – hadn’t started a game together since an Aug. 5 trip to Philadelphia before Saturday night. Reunited, though, they took their team to a 2-2 draw against the New York Red Bulls.

New York City FC vs. Sporting Kansas City | 2017 MLS Match Preview |
It's been more than a week since either New York City FC or Sporting Kansas City played a match. Obviously, a lot has happened since NYCFC's 1-1 draw with the New York Red Bulls on Aug. 25 and Sporting's 2-0 victory over FC Dallas all the way back on Aug. 19 (including the postponement of their scheduled Aug. 26 match at Houston, due to flooding from Hurricane Harvey).

Panamanian side will have definite MLS flavor for WCQ vs. T&T |
Facing an uphill fight to qualify for next year's World Cup in Russia, but now with a solid chance to move up in the standings, Panama have called upon a host of current and former MLSers to get the job done in Tuesday's Hexagonal match against last-place Trinidad & Tobago.

Is Lalo Fernandez going to Tigres? - RSL Soapbox
On Friday, a curious rumor popped up: Lalo Fernandez, Real Salt Lake’s third-string goalkeeper, was a target for Liga MX powerhouse Tigres. A report from Univision — reliable sources for Liga MX news, at least — indicated that RSL would receive a near-six-figure transfer fee for Fernandez.

Atlanta United set to play first match at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday |
Atlanta United will make a bit of history on Sunday, when they’ll host FC Dallas in the first-ever soccer match at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. How quickly the Five Stripes adapt to their new home will go a long way in determining whether they become the first expansion team to make the MLS Cup Playoffs since 2009.

United States:

United States immigration policies inspiring USMNT opponents Bruce Arena - ESPN FC
United States manager Bruce Arena says that while he believes soccer can be a catalyst for positive societal change, his focus remains on qualifying the Americans for the World Cup. Speaking at a reporters' roundtable ahead of Tuesday's critical World Cup qualifier against Honduras, Arena was asked if he thought a strong run in the World Cup could help unite the U.S. as it struggles through a period of

SoccerAmerica - Up against wall: USA ponders multiple lineup changes 09/04/2017
Before Friday night, the outcome of Tuesday's match at Honduras did not matter as long as the USA took care of business against Costa Rica. That didn't happen, and the USA is suddenly up against the wall. It could drop to fifth place in the Hexagonal with a loss.

For U.S., a Tough Spot With Little Room for Error - The New York Times
A raucous crowd, encouraged by the declaration of a national holiday and the not-so-remote possibility of a World Cup berth, will not be all that greets the United States soccer team when it steps into Estadio Olímpico for a World Cup qualifying match on Tuesday.


Wayne Rooney: Will he get a divorce, how much would Coleen get and who is Laura Simpson? |
Wayne Rooney was plunged into controversy last week when he was charged by police for drink-driving and the entire episode could spell the end of his marriage. Not only was the former Manchester United captain arrested and charged with the offence, but the car he was caught in did not even belong to him. The black Volkswagen Beetle he is accused by police to have been driving whilst over the prescribed limit was actually that of Laura Simpson, a woman he met while on a night out.

Mbappe to PSG named worst-value deal, Salah top bargain |
The teenage France international's loan-to-buy move was the worst value of the most recent transfer window according to the CIES Football Observatory.

Barcelona president seeks to play down Lionel Messi exit fears - ESPN FC
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has told Diario Sport that Lionel Messi's contract renewal is effectively already signed and rejected fears a club could trigger the €300 million buyout clause in the new deal.

FIFA 'gathering evidence' over middle finger gesture by England's Dele Alli - ESPN FC
Dele Alli could face disciplinary action after he was caught making a hand gesture on camera during Monday's World Cup qualifying win over Slovakia. The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder was shown making a middle-finger gesture which both he and England boss Gareth Southgate later claimed was aimed in jest at Kyle Walker.

How Diego Costa, Alexis Sanchez, and Philippe Coutinho should handle the awkward return to their clubs - Howler Magazine
In a summer transfer window filled with many shocking moves, several that seemed all but guaranteed never materialized. Despite making their desire to leave crystal clear, the likes of Diego Costa, Alexis Sanchez, and Philippe Coutinho have all gone nowhere.This could lead to some awkward situations when(/if) they rejoin their respective clubs after the international break.