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Around the Forest: San Jose hire Matias Almeyda as their next head coach

Also: Meet the Timbes chef; Austin stadium deal moving right along; Nashville wants higher ticket tax and more!

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Portland

Thorns FC midfielder Lindsey Horan, forward Christine Sinclair named to shortlist for 2018 Ballon d'Or | Portland Timbers

Former Trifecta chef Rich Meyer embraces new challenge: Serving meals for Portland Timbers players and staff | OregonLive.com
After 17 years as the Chef de Cuisine at Higgins in downtown Portland and five years as the Executive Chef at Trifecta, Rich Meyer joined the Portland Timbers as the club's team chef this year.

Beckerman, Sunny out for next match; could Rimando join them? - RSL Soapbox
A bad night could have huge repercussions.

Major League Soccer

Kansas City Royals sue NWSL over Utah Royals FC trademark - RSL Soapbox
The club’s offseason just got even more interesting.

MLS to Austin: Stadium negotiations on track for December completion - Sports - Austin American-Statesman - Austin, TX
A date that could have marked the end for Major League Soccer coming to Austin will pass without much commotion.

What kind of a league is MLS? | US Soccer Players
A look at the top foreign players in MLS suggests a league interested in keeping its stars and young talent, but European interest makes that difficult.

San Jose Earthquakes' hiring of Matias Almeyda brings excitement of unknown to club
San Jose Earthquakes fans should be genuinely excited about the hiring of Matias Almeyda, but that won't mask the club's massive task at hand.

Nashville MLS stadium higher ticket tax proposed
A Metro Council critic of Nashville's future MLS stadium has proposed a higher ticket tax to ensure there's no shortfall to pay off stadium debt.

Red Bulls’ west coast win further validates postseason promise - Once A Metro
With an elite defense and road success, New York has the tools to build something come November.

Atlanta United’s attackers must step up in Miguel Almiron’s absence - Dirty South Soccer
Next man up, or whatever.

Gregg Berhalter is putting up one of the most impressive coaching seasons in MLS history – The Athletic
Relocation, a stingy budget, rumors of a new job—nobody has ever faced this mix of challenges, and still Columbus is skating into the playoffs

Petke: Real Salt Lake to "see what we're made of" as playoff race tightens | MLSsoccer.com

Warshaw: 23 thoughts for 23 teams after Week 32 | MLSsoccer.com

United States National Team

United States midfielder Michael Bradley calls for 'balance' in new-look squad
"It's important the balance in the group is right and this is another step in that process," veteran Michael Bradley said of the U.S. team.

NO TYLER: Red Bulls star not on U.S. U-20 provisional roster for qualifying, but Weah, Sargent and Amon are - Front Row Soccer

World Soccer

Real Madrid news: Club insider reveals El Clasico date with Barcelona could decide Julen Lopetegui's face | Goal.com
An insider at Real Madrid has revealed to Goal that Julen Lopetegui could be relieved of his duties if Los Blancos lose to Barcelona

Kylian Mbappe similar to Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United - Antoine Griezmann
Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann believes France teammate Kylian Mbappe is similar to Cristiano Ronaldo when he was with Manchester United.

Will the Cristiano Ronaldo allegations lead to soccer's #MeToo moment? - The Washington Post
A soccer superstar was accused of rape. What comes next?