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Around The Forest: Atlanta United and Independiente reach deal for Ezequiel Barco

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Also: Thorns acquire Caitlin Foord, NWSL to stream college draft, Timothy Tillman joins US U20, Josh Sargent joins Werder Bremen and more!

Portland

Learn more about new Thorns FC forward Caitlin Foord | Portland Timbers
On Friday, Thorns FC acquired one of the most exciting Australian players in forward Caitlin Foord. Learn a bit more about the newest Portland player.

NWSL to live stream 2018 College Draft; Broadcast details revealed | Portland Timbers
he National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) will live stream the 2018 NWSL College Draft via ThornsFC.com, Facebook, YouTube, NWSLsoccer.com and NWSL app on Thursday, Jan. 18 at 7 a.m. PT, from the United Soccer Coaches Convention in Philadelphia.

Major League Soccer

Report: Atlanta United, Independiente agree to terms on Ezequiel Barco transfer - Dirty South Soccer
At long last, there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel. ESPN SportsCenter is reporting that Atlanta United and Independiente have finally agreed on a deal that will bring Ezequiel Barco to MLS. Details of the agreement include a $15 million transfer fee and 30% of a future sale until the end of 2019, but only 10% if sold in either 2020 or 2021.

LAFC's Zimmerman on FC Dallas departure: "The writing was on the wall" | MLSsoccer.com
t was among the more perplexing moves of MLS's offseason, but Walker Zimmerman wasn't surprised when he was told he'd been traded from FC Dallas to newcomers LAFC, and he wasn't displeased. The 24-year-old center back sees it as an opportunity for a fresh start, as something that will help propel him to bigger and better things, and that includes what's hopefully coming up in 2022 for the US national team.

Edward Opoku added to Generation adidas class | Combine rosters, schedule | MLSsoccer.com
The players have been split up into four teams (Nemeziz, Predator, X and Tango) and each team will play three matches. The matchdays start on Saturday with the schedule calling for matches every other day. All matches will be played at Orlando City Stadium and they will be streamed on MLSsoccer.com.

New England Revolution sign French holding midfielder Wilfried Zahibo | MLSsoccer.com
The Marseille native, who had once been on the books at Spanish powerhouse Valencia CF, has made 125 appearances and logged more than 10,000 minutes across a seven-year pro career. He joins a Revs side that allowed an Eastern Conference-worst 61 league goals in 2017.

Stejskal: New England Revolution’s Lee Nguyen requests offseason trade | MLSsoccer.com
New England Revolution midfielder Lee Nguyen asked the club to trade him earlier this offseason, sources confirmed to MLSsoccer.com on Wednesday. The sources said that Nguyen, 31, asked for a trade before New England hired Brad Friedel as head coach and that his request for a move is motivated by a desire to continue his career elsewhere.

eMLS: Competitive gaming comes to MLS | MLSsoccer.com
MLS is entering the competitive gaming arena, partnering with EA Sports on the creation of eMLS, a new competitive EA Sports FIFA 18 league which will feature the best FIFA 18 players from the US and Canada vying for a chance to become world champions.

United States

USMNT news: Bayern's Timothy Tillman ready to join U.S. U-20 team, says Tab Ramos | Goal.com
U.S. national team fans could use some good news on the dual-national front following Jonathan Gonzalez's decision to play for Mexico, and it appears set to come from a German-American. U.S. Under-20 national team coach Tab Ramos has confirmed to Goal that Bayern Munich prospect Timothy Tillman is ready to join up with the U.S. U-20 team for a training camp in March.

USA prodigy Josh Sargent to train with Werder Bremen first team | bundesliga.com
Seventeen-year-old Sargent officially moved to Bremen at the start of the year and made his debut in a recent Under-23s' friendly match against Dynamo Dresden, setting up a consolation goal for Niklas Schmidt in a narrow 2-1 defeat.

Manchester United consider Christian Pulisic transfer this summer if Liverpool move for Borussia Dortmund playmaker | The Independent
Manchester United are willing to strongly challenge Liverpool if the Anfield club go in for Borussia Dortmund’s Christian Pulisic in the summer, as the American talent has emerged as a big target for the Old Trafford hierarchy.

World

Alexis Sanchez transfer news: Manchester City refuse to overpay for Arsenal star amid Manchester United interest | Goal.com
Manchester City are still hopeful of signing Alexis Sanchez in January despite the Gunners holding out for £35 million and a reported approach from Manchester United, Goal understands.

Transfer News: Eden Hazard says he will sign new contract with Chelsea, but only after Thibaut Courtois | Goal.com
Chelsea star Eden Hazard has offered new hope to fans that he will sign a new contract with the Blues, but still claims team-mate Thibaut Courtois will be the first to get an extension. Hazard has been consistently linked to Real Madrid, with reports on Thursday even suggesting that he had agreed a move to Spain.

Antonio Conte on Chelsea future speculation: 'Everything is possible'
Antonio Conte admitted that "everything is possible" when asked about reports that Chelsea are lining up Luis Enrique or Massimiliano Allegri to succeed him at Stamford Bridge this summer.