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Around the Forest: Post Christmas Edition

Also: FC Cincinnati to lay down new turf for 2019 season; LA Galaxy still looking for a coach; Zlatan’s deal could reach $7.5 million and more!

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Timbers

Timbers help Boys and Girls Club teens with first jobs: Season of Sharing 2018 | oregonlive.com
They earn a paycheck, learn job skills and have a liaison from both the club and the Timbers headquarters to make sure they are successful.

Timbers help teens with first jobs;
Teya Shearer is beloved at Providence Park. She works the VIP gate, where she greets regulars, takes tickets, hugs elderly people, holds babies and guides Timbers fans as they enter the park.She’s a year into her first job and it comes with perks — she gets to catch some of the matches on her break, she is decked out in swag and she gets mentorship, college preparation and support.

Major League Soccer

The LA Galaxy must show ambition and hire Guillermo Barros Schelotto - LAG Confidential
MLS no longer rewards complacency

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MLS: Expansion side Nashville going domestic with Cameron Lancaster
Nashville are taking the domestic route by adding another proven USL goalscorer in Cameron Lancaster. But can the striker deal with the step up to MLS?

FC Cincinnati to lay down new turf ahead of inaugural MLS season | MLSsoccer.com

Luchi Gonzalez: FC Dallas will develop stars, not buy them | MLSsoccer.com

The most stunning storylines of the 2018 MLS season | MLSsoccer.com

Complete 2018 MLS Player Salaries - The Blue Testament
Plus a few observations about the highest paid players, highest and lowest paid teams and how Sporting KC fits into this.

Report: New York Red Bulls center back Aaron Long drawing European interest | MLSsoccer.com

Sources: Zlatan Ibrahimovic's deal could be MLS record worth up to $7.5M
Multiple sources with knowledge of Ibrahimovic's contract have told ESPN FC that he'll be paid between $7 million and $7.5 million in 2019.

Armchair Analyst: With de Boer aboard, Atlanta United keep profile high | MLSsoccer.com

Montreal Impact sign Bacary Sagna to one-year deal | MLSsoccer.com

eMLS 2019: Every pro signed by MLS clubs for EA Sports FIFA 19 competitions | MLSsoccer.com

MLS Commissioner Don Garber: FC Cincinnati stadium 'the rebirth of a community'
By the time FC Cincinnati, which begins play in MLS in March, opens its stadium for the 2021 season, 23 soccer-specific grounds will be operational around America.

Allianz Field puts on a light show during testing ahead of April 13 opener | MLSsoccer.com

United States National Team

Report: Tim Weah to be loaned to Celtic - Stars and Stripes FC
The 18-year-old says goodbye to PSG for now

World Football

Bayern Munich chief backs under fire Hasan Salihamidzic
Karl Heinz Rummenigge believes that Hasan Salihamidzic has all the qualities to be successful in the Sporting Director role at Bayern Munich.

Cristiano Ronaldo-less Real Madrid a warning to life after Lionel Messi for Barcelona - Cruyff | Goal.com
Real Madrid's form after Cristiano Ronaldo's departure is a "warning" to Barcelona when it comes to Lionel Messi, according to Jordi Cruyff.

Jurgen Klopp dismisses stories of Liverpool being top at Christmas
"It's all bulls--t stories. What is it? What does it mean? It's a different team, a different time, everything was different," Klopp said.