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Around the Forest: Giuseppe Rossi to MLS?

Also: Diego Valeri and Sebastian Blanco boyhood friends; Everton honor Adrian Heath; FC Cincinnati have gone over season ticket goal and more!

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Timbers

Portland Timbers set sights on MLS Cup berth as they head to Kansas City | OregonLive.com
The Portland Timbers upset FC Dallas on the road to open their playoff campaign before ousting the Sounders in Seattle. Now, the Timbers are heading to Kansas City with confidence as they set their sights on winning the Western Conference Championship series and securing a berth to the 2018 MLS Cup.

Diego Valeri, Sebastian Blanco grew up together; now they're MLS Cup hopefuls 6,800 miles from home
Diego Valeri and Sebastian Blanco grew up 3 miles apart, playing for Lanus. Now 6,800 miles from home, they are thriving together in Portland, Ore.

Death, grieving and the Portland Timbers: How a family honored a loved one | MLSsoccer.com

Major League Soccer

Major League Soccer stadium on agenda for St. Louis aldermen this week | Political Fix | stltoday.com
A Wednesday morning hearing will focus on the new funding proposal, stadium ownership and other issues.

MLS: Giuseppe Rossi illustrates veteran uncertainty
Giuseppe Rossi has revealed his interest in a move to MLS. The prospect of his signing illustrates the uncertainty of signing veteran, ageing players.

For Tito Villalba, plenty of emotion off bench following difficult year | MLSsoccer.com

New England Revolution sign Homegrown midfielder Nicolas Firmino | MLSsoccer.com

New York Red Bulls know they face a difficult road ahead in Leg 2 | MLSsoccer.com

Vancouver Whitecaps announce end of season roster moves | MLSsoccer.com

Supporters groups demand increased away ticket allocation for potential MLS Cup at Mercedes Benz Stadium - Dirty South Soccer
Bigger stadium, bigger requests.

Everton surprise Minnesota's Heath with rare gift at Hall of Fame induction | MLSsoccer.com

D.C. United appears set to part with Ian Harkes because of roster crunch - The Washington Post
The homegrown midfielder, whose playing time dropped significantly this season after a number of roster and lineup changes, has not been extended a new contract offer, according to people familiar with the situation.

Sources: Former Bayern, Sunderland midfielder Jan Kirchhoff visited Minnesota United on two-week trial – The Athletic
As the Loons attempt to rebuild following two of the worst defensive seasons in MLS history, the German could be a low-risk, high-reward gamble.

FC Cincinnati Passes 2018 Season Ticket Mark | FC Cincinnati

MLS Cup Playoffs 2018: Big Boi Has a Blast as Atlanta United FC Wins Leg 1 of Conference Final | Billboard
Big Boi made the most of his first Major League Soccer game, and he shared the experience all over social media Sunday, Nov. 25.

World Football

Barcelona Can't Afford Neymar, Real Madrid Favourites, Says Guillem Balague | Bleacher Report | Latest News, Videos and Highlights
Barcelona don't have the money to bring Neymar back from Paris Saint-Germain, according to Spanish football expert Guillem Balague...

Soccer: Irish team Ballybrack FC apologizes for faking player's death
Ballybrack FC, a lower-level Irish soccer team, apologized for faking the death of one of its players in an apparent attempt to avoid upcoming game.

Bomb Explodes Near Ajax Fans Ahead Of Champions League Match
Ajax fans and AEK Athens fans clashed in Greece’s Olympic stadium ahead of the clubs’ Champions League match on Tuesday. According to the Independent, Greek fans “reportedly threw flares and a missile or petrol bomb,” which exploded near the supporters of the Dutch club.