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Around the Forest: Atlanta United routs New York Red Bulls in first leg 3-0

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It’s all about the conference finals!

New York Red Bulls v Atlanta United FC: Eastern Conference Finals - Leg 1 Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Timbers

Sebastian Blanco relishing playoff run after cooking incident marred 2017 | MLSsoccer.com

Eight Quick Thoughts from Sporting KC v Portland Timbers - The Blue Testament
It’s somewhat shocking how many thoughts we can have about a 0-0 draw.

Gio Savarese: Portland Timbers fantastic in Sporting Kansas City stalemate
Portland Timbers manager Gio Savarese said his side was "fantastic" in the first leg of the Western Conference finals against Sporting Kansas City.

Boehm: Tough task for Timbers, but in Gio Savarese they trust | MLSsoccer.com

Major League Soccer

Atlanta United 3, New York Red Bulls 0: Hosts take step to MLS Cup | SI.com
A three-goal deficit is a daunting hill for the New York Red Bulls to climb, with Atlanta United seizing a commanding edge after the first leg of the MLS Eastern Conference final.

Reminder: the MLS off-season starts on Monday - Once A Metro
MLS’ annual end-of-season roster purge gets started on November 26.

Three things FC Dallas needs to find in their next head coach - Big D Soccer
Exploring what makes a candidate the right fit for Dallas

RECAP: Atlanta United takes a 3-0 lead into the second leg of the Conference Finals - Dirty South Soccer
FIVE. STRIPES. IS. HELL. DON’T. THEY.

Boehm: How the Red Bulls shed their identity at the worst possible moment | MLSsoccer.com

Atlanta expected the Red Bulls to abandon the press, and it took advantage
The New York Red Bulls pressed their way to MLS' summit, but they were a different team in the East finals. So was Atlanta, who was prepared to win.

World Football

Barcelona transfer news: Ousmane Dembele asks for transfer as club plot to use him in Neymar talks with PSG | Goal.com
Ousmane Dembele has asked Barcelona to allow him to leave the club in the January transfer window, Goal understands, and his exit could help facilitate Neymar's shock return.

Liverpool could push Manchester City to record points total - Pep Guardiola
"They know how strong Liverpool are, and they know that we can't drop points because if we do then Liverpool is going to win the league."

Report: Christian Pulisic Could Be Bought by Liverpool, Chelsea for £70 Million | Bleacher Report | Latest News, Videos and Highlights
Chelsea or Liverpool could reportedly buy Borussia Dortmund 's Christian Pulisic for £70 million, provided they are willing to let him remain with the Bundesliga side until the end of the season...

Borussia Dortmund taking things game by game - Lucien Favre
Borussia Dortmund have be enjoying their best ever start to a season but head coach Lucien Favre is not getting carried away just yet.

Football wages: Barcelona's £10m per player wages set new record as Man Utd lead Premier League charts | Goal.com
Barcelona have set a new salary-spend record by becoming the first team in any sport with an average wage per player of £10.45 million ($13.76 million) a year, according to the 2018 version of the Global Sports Salary Survey.