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Around the Forest: LAFC, Philly and Sporting KC clinch playoff berths

Also: Sounders missing two players in crucial matches upcoming; ALTUD will have to do without Miguel Almiron and more!

MLS: San Jose Earthquakes at Los Angeles FC Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Portland

#StatMan Three | Blanco delivers brace for Timbers in just four minutes | Portland Timbers

RSL vs Portland: What we learned - RSL Soapbox
Another loud raspberry of a game

Major League Soccer

Sounders reportedly down at least two key internationals for Dynamo game - Sounder At Heart
Raul Ruidiaz and Gustav Svensson have already left for duty with Peru and Sweden, per the Seattle Times

Atlanta United preparing to play without injured Miguel Almiron
Atlanta United's Miguel Almiron exited the Five Stripes win with an apparent leg injury and may miss the rest of the regular season.

Wayne Rooney inches D.C. United closer to playoffs with two goals in 2-1 win over Chicago Fire - The Washington Post
Rooney scores twice in a 19-minute span of the second half, as United gets within two points of East's last playoff spot.

David Bingham's massive goalkeeping performance at Sporting Kansas City - YouTube

MLS Review: LAFC, Philly and SKC all earn playoff spots | Goal.com
Three more team, LAFC, the Philadelphia Union and Sporting Kansas City all locked up spots in the MLS playoffs on Saturday

Real Salt Lake signs Julian Vazquez, 17, to homegrown contract | Deseret News
Utah native Julian Vazquez signed a homegrown contract with Real Salt Lake this week to become the 16th Homegrown signing in club history.

WATCH: FIFA 19 does Maxi Moralez so dirty... and it’s hilarious! - Hudson River Blue
NOOOOOOO!!!

Our City: Are FC Dallas the MLS “Canary in the Coal Mine?” Major League Soccer Orlando City - The Mane Land
So the legend goes, coal miners used to bring a caged canary into the mine to monitor for noxious gasses. When you saw the bird keel over, you knew it was time to worry. Does FC Dallas play a similar role in American soccer?

Sporting KC coach Peter Vermes rips refs after draw with Galaxy
Sporting KC head coach Peter Vermes called the referee’s performance "unacceptable" in a heated post-match interview.

Five Thoughts: Atlanta United get back to winning ways - Dirty South Soccer
A solid performance to get things back on track.

U.S. Open Cup Story of the Final: Houston Dynamo vs. Philadelphia Union - Sept. 26, 2018 - YouTube

United States National Team

World Cup qualifying: USA beats Panama 5-0 - Stars and Stripes FC
A Carli Lloyd hat trick propelled the US to a win despite a slow second half.

World Soccer

John Terry Announces Retirement After 23-Year Career with Chelsea, Aston Villa | Bleacher Report | Latest News, Videos and Highlights
Chelsea icon John Terry announced his retirement from football after 23 years on Sunday: The former England international spent last season with Aston Villa after winning the Premier League crown in his final campaign at Chelsea...

Chelsea's Eden Hazard: Real Madrid move remains my dream
Eden Hazard said it is still his "dream" to play for Real Madrid and he wants to "make it happen" but he won't leave Chelsea under a cloud.

Will Liverpool's high-intensity be their downfall? | Carragher, Souness & Bellamy | Super Sunday - YouTube

Jose Mourinho wants Manchester United transfer backing with Skriniar Romagnoli buys - sources
Jose Mourinho wants Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar and AC Milan's Alessio Romagnoli as he targets a public show of support at Man United.

Man United must be ruthless over Jose Mourinho, but have no plan to replace him
Manchester United have no structure and no plan to replace a manager. History is beginning to repeat itself with Jose Mourinho.

This Is The Greatest Penalty Kick Of All Time
I know what you’re thinking. How can a penalty kick, even the most conceivably perfect one, be unique or memorable enough to be called the greatest? Trust me, you’ll think differently once you watch what Norik Avdalyan of Rubin Kazan’s reserve team did here.