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Around The Forest: Savarese promises to field a team that take risks

Also: Carlos Tevez back to Boca, Minnesota United Sign three players, Giles Barnes headed to LigaMX and more!


New Timbers coach Giovanni Savarese promises a team that will "take risks" |
When new Portland Timbers coach Giovanni Savarese met local media for the first time Monday, questions eventually turned to the Timbers roster. Where did Savarese see strengths and weaknesses? Owner Merritt Paulson leaned into his microphone first. "He's not going to give it all away," Paulson said, prompting laughter in the press conference room.

Major League Soccer

Minnesota United FC sign Cameroon international Frantz Pangop |
Minnesota United FC signed Cameroon international attacker Frantz Pangop on Tuesday, the club announced. Pangop comes to Minnesota after spending the last two years at Cameroonian club Union Douala. The 24-year-old has two career appearances for the Cameroonian national team, scoring his lone goal in their 2-0 World Cup Qualifying victory over Algeria in October

Montreal Impact sign goalkeepers Clement Diop, Jason Beaulieu |
The Montreal Impact signed a pair of goalkeepers on Tuesday, announcing that they’ve completed deals with ex-LA Galaxy ‘keeper Clement Diop (above) and Homegrown netminder Jason Beaulieu. Diop signed a one-year deal with three option years. Montreal did not disclose the terms of Beaulieu’s contract.

Ex-Orlando, Houston forward Giles Barnes signs with Liga MX side Club Leon |
After six seasons in the league, Giles Barnes has bid goodbye to MLS. The English-born Jamaican international signed with Liga MX side Club Leon on Tuesday, the club announced on Twitter.

Report: Monterrey defender Efrain Juarez headed to Vancouver Whitecaps |
Efrain Juarez is headed to the Vancouver Whitecaps, according to ESPN reporter John Sutcliffe and a statement from the player himself. Juarez, 29, started for Mexico at the 2010 World Cup and has experience playing as a central midfielder and right back during his decade-plus career.

Official: Real Salt Lake signs Adam Henley, former Blackburn Rovers full back - RSL Soapbox
Whatever calm remained from the earlier months of Real Salt Lake’s offseason are well and truly gone now, with the club today announcing that they have officially signed former Blackburn Rovers full back Adam Henley.

Atlanta United’s USL side to be called Atlanta United 2 - Dirty South Soccer
A few days ago, I mentioned the possibilities of the name of Atlanta United’s expansion USL side that will begin play in March. Would the club go out of the box or stick to a completely safe option?

As it turns out, the latter is the case. The name of the club is...wait for it...Atlanta United 2.

Official: New York Red Bulls sign former Homegrown Amando Moreno |
“We are glad to have Amando back with the organization,” said Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch in a club release. “Amando brings speed and good attacking qualities to our team. We look forward to getting him integrated in preseason and seeing how he fits within our group.”

Veteran AJ DeLaGarza, recovering from ACL tear, re-signed by Houston Dynamo |
A.J. DeLaGarza’s 2017 season came to an unfortunate end when he tore his ACL right before the MLS Cup Playoffs. But DeLaGarza may get more opportunities to play in the postseason with Houston after the Dynamo announced Tuesday that they re-signed the veteran defender.

United States

Kyle Martino’s shots at SUM hit diversity instead - Stars and Stripes FC
The driving force behind the U.S. Soccer Federation presidential election is largely the on the field failure of the United States Men’s National Team to reach the World Cup. Since the eight candidates have emerged, on the field topics haven’t been discussed nearly as much as conflicts of interest or transparency. One on field issue did come up again, but in an unexpected way.


The $40M heist - how Tevez took China for the most expensive ride in football history |
“He went there, filled up Santa's sack with dollars, and came back to Boca. It was perfect,” the Argentina and Boca legend said of his successor as darling of the Bombonera in a suitably festive metaphor. It is hard to argue with that take: while Carlitos' Shenhua spell was an unmitigated disaster from a footballing perspective, it undeniably paid off in the forward's bank balance.

Man United's Romelu Lukaku seeks legal advice over 'voodoo' claim
Farhad Moshiri told Everton shareholders at a meeting on Tuesday night that Lukaku was ready to sign a new deal at Goodison Park before receiving a "voodoo message," passed on by his mother, that he should sign for Chelsea. Lukaku moved to United in a £75 million deal in the summer, despite interest from Stamford Bridge.

Sami Khedira rules out MLS; hopes Emre Can joins Juventus
Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira says he is not considering a move to Major League Soccer since he feels he still has plenty to give in one of Europe's top leagues, while he has advised his club to make their move for Emre Can.