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Around the Forest: 2018 MLS Award nominations announced

Also: Sounders sign 15-year-old; Jeff Attinella available for RSL; Beckham needs land for youth academy and more!

MLS: Chicago Fire at D.C. United Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Timbers/Thorns

Despite recent lack of playing time, Cristhian Paredes still has bright future with Portland Timbers | OregonLive.com
Timbers coach Giovanni Savarese said that he remains confident in Cristhian Paredes and believes that the youngster has a bright future in Portland, despite his recent lack of playing time.

Portland Timbers goalkeeper Jeff Attinella will be available for Real Salt Lake game | OregonLive.com
Portland Timbers goalkeeper Jeff Attinella was back in training Tuesday and will be available when the Timbers host Real Salt Lake Sunday.

Major League Soccer

A Brief History of the MLS Supporters’ Shield - Dirty South Soccer
What’s the big deal about this thing anyway?

2018 MLS award nominees announced – ProSoccerTalk
Zlatan and Rooney to square off for Newcomer award? Martinez to be named MVP?

Major League Soccer announces 2019 Combine, SuperDraft dates, locations | MLSsoccer.com

S2 signs 15-year-old Daniel Leyva to pro contract - Sounder At Heart
Daniel Leyva, 15, is the sixth player from the squad that won the USSDA championship to sign a pro deal.

D.C. United's Chris Odoi-Atsem has Hodgkin's lymphoma, to have chemotherapy
D.C. United says defender Chris Odoi-Atsem has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma and is scheduled to have four months of chemotherapy.

PRO announces assignments for Week 34 of the 2018 MLS season | MLSsoccer.com

Save The Crew was just step one in making MLS truly work in Columbus - Massive Report
The team seems set to stay, but the league, owners and fans need to have some stuff in mind so this doesn’t happen again.

Russell Canouse may be D.C. United’s most important recent signing - Black And Red United
Of all the moves in the last three transfer windows, D.C.’s best may be "a good old central Pennsylvania kid"

Miami-Dade prepares youth soccer park after Beckham talks | Miami Herald
Miami-Dade is going to take bids to create a youth soccer complex outside Doral. David Beckham’s partners have been in talks to put an MLS academy there.

Seven players and Philadelphia Union head coach in running for year-end awards from MLS - Brotherly Game
Alejandro Bedoya and Borek Dockal nominated for league MVP, Jim Curtin for Coach of the Year

Crew SC | Lalas Abubakar visits mom, gets green card on trip - Sports - The Columbus Dispatch - Columbus, OH
When Crew SC’s starting lineup and seven bench players were announced for the team’s Oct. 6 game at Montreal, Lalas Abubakar was absent.

Reports continue to heavily link Tata Martino to Mexico job - Dirty South Soccer
The smoke seems to only be coming from one direction.

United States National Team

Crew SC: ‘Of course I’m staying till the end of the season’, Gregg Berhalter says - Sports - The Columbus Dispatch - Columbus, OH
Not only is Gregg Berhalter widely considered a top candidate for the U.S. men’s national team coaching job, but he’s also been linked to the Los Angeles Galaxy.

US Soccer Recap - USA vs Peru: Americans concede late equalizer, settle for 1-1 draw - Stars and Stripes FC
Josh Sargent had the USMNT in the lead, but an equalizer in the 85th minute spoiled an otherwise solid performance.

World Football

The End of Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and Real Madrid - The Ringer
All these three teams do is win, but none of them have recorded a victory in their last 10 combined league matches. What happened to European soccer’s upper class?

Paul Scholes takes aim at Mourinho, Pogba and Man United's season of discontent
Paul Scholes will always give his honest opinion and as a "frustrated Man United fan," he's got lots to say about Mourinho, Pogba and his club.

Premier League absentees: Who is returning from the international break injured? | Football News | Sky Sports
The Premier League is back this weekend following the international break, but which sides are now carrying new injuries?

The stunning Fabregas stat Ross Barkley must replicate to become Sarri's Marek Hamsik - football.london
Both Chelsea players are learning new roles under the Italian at Stamford Bridge

Take The Ball, Pass The Ball: trailer for documentary on Barcelona's Guardiola years - YouTube