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Around The Forest: Details on Hope Solo’s complaint with the USOC against USSF

Also: Timbers draw with San Jose, SKC picks up a Scottish winger, how Beckham finally got Miami done and more!


Q&A | Thorns FC's Britt Eckerstrom checks in from Australia | Portland Timbers
Over this past weekend, Britt Eckerstrom helped Newcastle Jets FC make the W-League playoffs for the first time in nearly a decade. We caught up with the Thorns goalkeeper about her time on loan in Australia, ending the team's post-season drought and more.

PRESEASON MATCH RECAP | San Jose Earthquakes 0, Portland Timbers 0 | Portland Timbers
In their first preseason match of the 2018 campaign, the Portland Timbers recorded a 0-0 draw against the San Jose Earthquakes at the Kino Sports Complex in the first of two preseason matches for the Timbers during the team’s first phase of preseason training in Tucson, Ariz.

Major League Soccer

Report: Former US youth international John Requejo on trial with DC United |
D.C. United have former US youth international John Requejo in camp as a trialist, according to The Washington Post’s Steven Goff.

Sporting KC acquire Scottish winger Johnny Russell |
Sporting Kansas City have bolstered their attack, with the announcement on Wednesday of the transfer of Scottish winger Johnny Russell from Derby County FC. Russell has signed a three-year MLS contract, with an option for 2021.

Atlanta United teen Ezequiel Barco joined in part to work with Martino |
Ezequiel Barco hit the field to train with his new Atlanta United teammates for the first time on Wednesday. The 18-year-old, signed after the largest transfer into MLS in league history, was slated to take a physical in the morning, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Doug Roberson, before taking to the field.

Toronto FC sign Dutch international defender Gregory van der Wiel |
After weeks of reports linking the two parties, Toronto FC and Gregory van der Wiel made things official Thursday, when TFC announced that they signed the Dutch defender on a transfer from Italian Serie A club Cagliari. Van der Wiel was signed using Targeted Allocation Money.

How David Beckham finally brought MLS to Miami |
It was a long, long way to come in 60 days, when the possibility seemed as remote as it ever had in the four years since global soccer icon David Beckham enacted an option to purchase an expansion team and decided on Miami as the target.

EXCLUSIVE: Stuttgart outcast Ebenezer Ofori joins MLS side New York City FC on one-year loan -
Ghana midfielder Ebenezer Ofori has signed a one-year loan deal with MLS New York City FC, can exclusively.

Sporting KC nears deal with Chilean midfielder Felipe Gutiérrez | The Kansas City Star
In an offseason starting to resemble the most lucrative roster overhaul in Sporting Kansas City history, the club is nearing another significant addition. Sporting KC is progressing toward a multi-year contract with Chilean midfielder Felipe Gutiérrez, sources told The Star.

LAFC partner with YouTube TV as jersey sponsor, local broadcaster |
LAFC announced their inaugural jersey sponsor and local broadcast deal on Wednesday – and they’re with the same company. The incoming expansion club has partnered with YouTube TV as both its jersey-front sponsor and local English-language broadcaster. The multi-year deal marks the first time a North American pro sports will have all locally televised matches on a live TV streaming provider.

Warshaw: The potential pitfalls for Eastern Conference contenders |
There’s a thing that happens in sports that annoys me every year. We see teams make big signings and we get pumped about the team’s expectations. The flames are stoked and contenders are picked at the beginning of the year, but then at the end of the season some of the said contenders underperform, and pundits look back and say “I can’t believe that happened.”

United States

Geoff Cameron vs. Bruce Arena - Stars and Stripes FC
If you visit this website, I can safely assume you know Geoff Cameron and Bruce Arena aren’t exactly besties. Both were involved in the World Cup qualifying debacle and their mutual dislike has played out in public after the fact like a daytime soap. The latest episode comes in the form of a New York Times piece by Marc Stein.

Breaking down Hope Solo’s US Olympic Committee complaint against USSF - Stars and Stripes FC
USSF presidential candidate Hope Solo has filed a complaint with the US Olympic Committee against US Soccer itself. We’re here to walk you through the complaint, which alleges that USSF has “become blinded to its fundamental obligation...” as the governing body of soccer in the United States.


Coutinho, Aubameyang and the 20 most expensive transfers of January |
The winter window is now closed, with the likes of Barcelona, Arsenal, Liverpool and Man City among those to have spent big bolstering their ranks

Jose Mourinho blasts Manchester United players sub Marouane Fellaini injured
Jose Mourinho accused his Manchester United players of failing to listen to his warnings about Tottenham's kickoffs after watching his team concede a goal after just 11 seconds at Wembley. Christian Eriksen put Tottenham 1-0 up with his first touch before a Phil Jones own goal made it 2-0 after 28 minutes.

Mourinho a winner, Guardiola a loser in window dominated by major deals
There were some mega-deals, with records set for the world's most expensive defender (Virgil van Dijk, £75m), the Premier League's biggest-ever sale (Philippe Coutinho, £142m) and Manchester City smashing their club transfer record to seal a £57.5m deal for Aymeric Laporte.