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Around The Forest: New England Rev’s Playmaker Lee Nguyen wants out

Also: Carmona on the way back to Chile, MLS is to make in major announcement in Miami, Josef Martinez vows to stay healthy this season, Stoke City ups the price for Jack Harrison and more!


At a Glance | New Timbers midfielder Andrés Flores | Portland Timbers
The Portland Timbers strengthened their roster Wednesday with the signing of Andrés Flores. Learn more about the new midfielder.

At a Glance | New Timbers defender Modou Jadama | Portland Timbers
Learn more about one of the newest Timbers players in defender Modou Jadama.

Major League Soccer

Josef Martinez's goal for 2018 MLS season in Atlanta? Stay healthy |
“First of all, I want to stay healthy this season, not suffering from either of the two injuries that bothered me last year,” he said through a translator on Thursday at the Atlanta United training facility. “Just again proving that I can score goals and help the team.”

Vieira: Signing Giovanni Reyna a possibility for NYCFC |
The son of NYCFC sporting director Claudio Reyna is one of five players invited from the club’s academy to train with the first team. And when preseason ends in six weeks, the 15-year-old could find himself as the club’s next Homegrown signing.

LAFC to host Borussia Dortmund in friendly at Banc of California Stadium |
LAFC will host German giants Borussia Dortmund and US men’s national team star Christian Pulisic in the first international friendly at Banc of California Stadium, it was announced on Thursday.

Report: Minnesota United submit bid for young Colombian attacker - E Pluribus Loonum
Paul Tenorio, a national soccer reporter who recently covered MLS for FourFourTwo, is reporting a bit of transfer news that should excite Minnesota United fans:

Reports: Atlanta, Colo-Colo reach deal to transfer Carlos Carmona |
As any soccer fan around the world knows, some transfer rumors are completely fabricated, and others are legit. In the case of Atlanta United midfielder Carlos Carmona, recent reports tying him to a move to Chilean powerhouse Colo-Colo have some truth, according to the player.

Lee Nguyen wants New England to trade him, saying he's paid his dues
In his first public comments since requesting a trade, Nguyen expressed some frustration with his contract situation. He was the seventh-highest-paid player for the Revs last season and is set to make around the league maximum budget charge this season, and said he had hoped to find a quiet resolution when he put in a trade request at the end of last season.

Major League Soccer to make major announcement in Miami on Monday |
Major League Soccer announced on Friday that it will make a major announcement regarding the future of soccer in Miami in an event to be held there on Monday, January 29. The announcement will be streamed live on at noon ET from Miami's Adrienne Arsht Center.

Sources: Stoke City boost offer for Jack Harrison, but NYCFC still holding out for more |
The Potters have increased their bid for the 21-year-old English winger significantly from the $4.5 million offer first reported by Goal on Saturday. Multiple sources tell Goal that Stoke City has made a $7 million offer, with one source saying Stoke's bid could push up to $10 million with incentives.

United States

Why the USMNT needs Gregg Berhalter as its next head coach | FourFourTwo
The morning after hysterics have passed, the damning think-pieces have slowed and the anger, at least for some, has subsided. The U.S. men’s national team is now well into its post-Trinidad new normal, doing its best to cope with the shattering failure of missing out on the 2018 World Cup.


Ex-United States youngster Jonathan Gonzalez in Mexico squad to face Bosnia & Herzegovina
Former United States youth international Jonathan Gonzalez has been included in Mexico's squad to face Bosnia & Herzegovina in a friendly next Wednesday in San Antonio.

How James Rodriguez has become the Bundesliga's bargain superstar |
Right-footed control of the ball, a small touch with his left-foot and then a perfectly-timed chipped pass into space. It was the 84th minute of the Bundesliga clash between Bayern Munich and Werder Bremen as James Rodriguez had his big moment and set up Thomas Muller's goal to make it 4-2 with technical perfection.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan had 'problem' with Jose Mourinho - Armenia coach
Henrikh Mkhitaryan's national coach has said he will become "better and even stronger" after leaving Manchester United for Arsenal. Mkhitaryan joined United from Borussia Dortmund in 2016 but failed to hold down a regular starting spot, and Artur Petrosyan said he had been frustrated by Mourinho's failure to play Mkhitaryan.