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Around the Forest: It’s official, Atlanta United’s Tata Martino to exit at the end of the season

Also: Zlatan has the #1 selling jersey in MLS; Wondo back for 2019; Several Cities looking for MLS expansion and more.

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Diego Valeri, Diego Chara among top 25 jerseys sold in MLS |
Portland Timbers midfielders Diego Valeri and Diego Chara have some of the top-selling jerseys in MLS.

Kyle Beckerman says Portland Timbers didn't 'have class' in win over Real Salt Lake |
Real Salt Lake midfielder Kyle Beckerman believes that the Portland Timbers didn't show "class" in their 3-0 win over RSL Sunday.

Major League Soccer

Tata Martino to leave Atlanta United after 2018 season - Dirty South Soccer
It’s official.

Philadelphia Union Players Rip Home Field Conditions After Loss
The Philadelphia Union play in a stadium in Chester, Pennsylvania. It’s on the Delaware River waterfront near a casino and a prison.

Player Caught Spying on Ref, Gets Yellow Card - YouTube

San Jose Earthquakes to exercise Chris Wondolowski contract option - sources
The San Jose Earthquakes have picked up the option on forward Chris Wondolowski for the 2019 season, according to sources.

Report: Atlanta United negotiating with Guillermo Barros Schelotto for manager position - Dirty South Soccer
The saga that won’t end.

A Tale of Several Cities Looking For MLS Expansion -
A couple of weeks ago St. Louis re-entered the fray for MLS expansion, with the St. Louis based Taylor family, owners of Enterprise rent-a-car, and Jim

LA Galaxy's Zlatan Ibrahimovic has top selling jersey in MLS for 2018
L.A. Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic's jersey was the top seller in MLS for 2018, with Wayne Rooney landing in the fourth spot for D.C. United.

Is the MLS Homegrown Player system working? | US Soccer Players
The MLS Homegrown Player rule should mean more playing time for young North Americans, but it's not producing the kind of numbers most would expect.

D.C. United News: Olsen praises second half form after making playoffs
D.C. United have torn through the second half of the season on their way to a playoff berth.

Could a different Bimbo brand be on a future Union jersey? - Brotherly Game
Entenmann’s, Sara Lee, Thomas’ and Stroehmann’s would be among the many options

FS1 to air Sporting KC-LAFC clash as part of MLS Decision Day schedule |

'We listened,' prospective Crew SC owner Pete Edwards tells #SaveTheCrew party (slideshow) - Columbus - Columbus Business First
Hundreds of Columbus Crew SC fans gathered at Land-Grant Brewing Co. on Sunday to hear from their new savior – Dr. Pete Edwards.

MLS XI: Decision day playoff stakes, who can clinch, who's out |
With one week remaining in the MLS regular season, only two playoff berths remain unclaimed, but there is plenty more to be decided.

World Football

Mauro Icardi tops Chelsea striker wishlist for January - We Ain't Got No History
Dear Santa

Joshua Kimmich warns Borussia Dortmund not to get too comfortable atop the Bundesliga table - Bavarian Football Works
Kimmich thinks Dormtund have had a lot of luck fall their way so far this season.

Chelsea's Marco Ianni Charged By FA For Jose Mourinho Fracas

Fifa president submits plan for annual Club World Cup | Football | The Guardian
The Fifa president, Gianni Infantino, has submitted a potentially explosive proposal for a lucrative, revamped Club World Cup, featuring top Premier League and European clubs and to be played every season

Are Arsenal genuine contenders for the Premier League title? | Football | The Guardian
Monday’s 3-1 triumph over Leicester extended Arsenal winning streak to 10 games and fuelled belief of a championship push. Four Guardian writers analyse if they indeed have what it takes.