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Around The Forest: Orlando City and Beşiktaş come to an agreement for Cyle Larin

Also: Checking in with Thorns abroad, Sounders acquire Norwegian midfielder, OCSC trades for Mirem, Miami will begin play in 2020 and more!


Thorns FC Abroad | Portland players help their W-League sides qualify for the playoffs | Portland Timbers
Caitlin Foord, Emily Sonnett and Sydney FC punched their tickets to the W-League Playoffs Friday night, as the Sky Blues held on for a 2-1 win over Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park. Foord, who earned a start in the match, found herself in much of the action throughout the game, consistently putting pressure on goal.

Major League Soccer

Orlando City and Beşiktaş finally reach agreement for striker Cyle Larin | Pro Soccer USA
The saga is over. Major League Soccer’s Orlando City and Turkish club Beşiktaş have reached a transfer agreement for striker Cyle Larin, league sources told Pro Soccer USA on Monday. Full details of the transfer are not yet known, but Beşiktaş will pay Orlando City a seven-figure transfer fee higher than the estimated $2.3 million previously reported by various Turkish media outlets.

Miami offers Beckham's new MLS franchise glitz, glamour and growth potential
Before the confetti fell on David Beckham and his partners and before the throng of Miami fans cheered an announcement that was four years in the making, evidence of the glitz of a Major League Soccer franchise in South Florida rolled on projection screens on the stage.

Colorado Rapids sign defender Danny Wilson from Glasgow Rangers | Colorado Rapids
Colorado Rapids Soccer Club announced today that the club has acquired center back Danny Wilson from Rangers Football Club of the Scottish Premiership. Wilson will occupy an international roster spot and will be added to the club’s roster upon receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and P-1 Visa.

Sporting KC acquires Johnny Russell from Derby County FC | The Kansas City Star
The success of Sporting Kansas City’s offseason was always going to be evaluated on its ability to improve an offense that sputtered down the stretch of 2017. The club added the second piece of that potential solution Monday, though it’s not necessarily the final piece.

Sounders to sign Norwegian midfielder Magnus Wolff Eikrem - Sounder At Heart
A quiet offseason is about to come to life as the Seattle Sounders appear ready to announce the acquisition of Norwegian midfielder Magnus Wolff Eikrem. Eikrem can play anywhere in the midfield, attacking or defensive, spending most his time on the wings with Malmo FF. The Seattle Times is reporting that Eikrem will be announced on Tuesday as a TAM signing.

Manchester City could sign England U21 midfielder and loan him to Middlesbrough – report – City Watch
Manchester City could step in and sign New York City FC midfielder Jack Harrison after his mooted transfer to Stoke City collapsed, according to the Stoke Sentinel. The 21-year-old made headlines recently by being called up for the England under-21 team despite playing in Major League Soccer, and has been on the radar of several English clubs.

Miami MLS expansion team to begin play in 2020 |
"They've got work to do to find a temporary location," Garber said at a media roundtable following the day's public presentation. "Three years ago, four years ago, we never would have even considered it. We were very hesitant to play in temporary venues.

Boehm: The top roster moves and acquisitions of the past week across MLS |
Preseason camps are well underway across MLS. The five teams participating in the CONCACAF Champions League have barely three weeks left to prepare for their first-leg matches, and the rest of the league have barely a month left before opening day thanks to February’s truncated nature.

Orlando City SC Acquires Justin Meram from Columbus Crew SC | Orlando City Soccer Club
Orlando City SC acquires forward Justin Meram from Columbus Crew SC in exchange for $750,000 ($300,000 in 2018 and $450,000 in 2019) in Targeted Allocation Money (TAM), $300,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM) and a 2019 international roster slot to be returned to City in 2020.

United States

Warshaw: What five MLSers should take from US national team experience |
It’s easy to dismiss Sunday night's 0-0 draw between the US national team and Bosnia and Herzegovina. It clearly did not mean much, for all the obvious reasons. I will not try to sell you a bag of bad potatoes. But the experience also should not go forgotten. Let’s forget about anything from the team perspective and only focus on the players. The game meant a ton to the individual players and offered a huge opportunity to learn and improve.

Yanks Abroad: Morales scores, Miazga goes nuts - Stars and Stripes FC
We’ve got plenty to look at from our Americans playing abroad this past week. Timothy Chandler has seen a very productive January and he continued that trend on Friday with another assist. Alfredo Morales also got in on the action with a goal of his own. But the best clip of the weekend goes to Matt Miazga for all the wrong reasons.

Columbus Crew SC's Wil Trapp impresses in 1st night as US starter, captain |
Does Wil Trapp's appointment as US national team captain for Sunday's friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina signal something more than just reward for a fine January camp? Hard to tell, although praise of his leadership skills has long been sung, but coupled with his performance in Sunday's 0-0 draw at StubHub Center, it might say plenty about Trapp's future with the national team.


Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang transfer news: Borussia Dortmund striker on standby ahead of £55m Arsenal move |
The 28-year-old, who is expected to take the number 14 shirt previously worn by Thierry Henry and Theo Walcott, was videoed arriving at Dortmund Airport with his family on Tuesday afternoon.

Arsenal's Henrikh Mkhitaryan left Manchester United to play offensive football
Henrikh Mkhitaryan says the chance to "play offensive football" was one of the main reasons he agreed to join Arsenal from Manchester United. Mkhitaryan signed for the Gunners last week in a deal that saw Alexis Sanchez join United, and is set to make his debut for the club at Swansea on Tuesday.

Man City considering late move for Leicester's Riyad Mahrez - sources
Manchester City are considering a deadline-day move for Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez, sources have told ESPN FC. Leroy Sane has been ruled out for up to seven weeks with an ankle injury and City, still competing in four competitions, could now turn to the Algeria international.