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Around the Forest: Atlanta United’s Carlos Bocanegra is a candidate for USMNT GM position

Also: Two Thorns make the SheBelieves roster, closing the Liga MX gap, SKC in the market for a striker and more!


Thorns FC's Lindsey Horan, Emily Sonnett named to preliminary U.S. Women's National Team roster for 2018 SheBelieves Cup | Portland Timbers
Portland Thorns FC midfielder Lindsey Horan and defender Emily Sonnett have been named to the 26-player preliminary U.S. Women’s National Team roster for a week of training, starting Feb. 19 in Orlando, Fla., it was announced today.

Major League Soccer

Minnesota United release new video with Allianz Field renderings |
The stadium, expected to hold 19,400, is currently under construction, with a projected completion date of spring 2019. The first steel beam was installed back in November. Like last season, the Loons will play at TCF Bank Stadium for the 2018 season.

Stejskal: TAM closing the MLS-Liga MX gap, but will it show in CCL? |
Herculez Gomez remembers the fear. It didn’t always appear at the same time, but it invariably seeped in. That moment when an MLS team turned from viable opponent to freaked-out CONCACAF Champions League cannon fodder for Gomez and his various Liga MX squads.

David Accam interview: On Common Goal and Africans' right to dream | Football News | Sky Sports
David Accam is speaking in Florida where his new team Philadelphia Union are preparing for the forthcoming MLS season. His heart, though, as ever, is in Ghana. The conversation soon turns to the gravel pitches he enjoying playing on with friends as a child. That was where the dream began. But Accam is acutely aware he was also reliant on fortune to make it a reality.

Kei Kamara: Whitecaps will be MLS's best on set piece chances in 2018 |
After the Vancouver Whitecaps completed their participation in the Pacific Rim Cup, Kamara told the National Post he believes his side might be the best in all MLS at restart situations in 2018. He pointed to a pre-tournament friendly against Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo, when Tim Parker netted twice off dead ball situations.

Grammy-nominated hip-hop star Wale headlines Dynamo Opening Day entertainment | Houston Dynamo
Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist Wale will bring his signature blend of pop culture-infused lyrics and Go-Go inspired rhythm to Houston to help kick off the Houston Dynamo season on Saturday, March 3 as part of Opening Day presented by Pepsi Zero Sugar.

The Vancouver Whitecaps Starting XI (As It Stands) - Eighty Six Forever
The first leg of the preseason has come to a close. The Vancouver Whitecaps failed to continue their proud history of winning preseason Micky Mouse trophies. Carl Robinson mostly used the Pacific Rim Cup to get players fitness up, so it wouldn’t really make sense to draw any kind of conclusions about who will be in the starting XI come March 4th. But it would be a lot of fun, so let’s do it anyway! This is the starting XI that I would pick based on the performances we’ve seen so far. Obviously subject to change and to be taken with the grain of salt that would appear in the world of forms as described by Plato.

Sporting KC notes on striker search, projected starting XI, more | The Kansas City Star
Sporting Kansas City is less than three weeks from its season opener, and when the club plays host to New York City FC on March 4, there will be some notable changes to the starting lineup. But one of the team’s offseason objectives remains unaccomplished — adding a striker.

Report: Toronto FC pursuing Spanish midfielder Ager Aketxe |
Toronto FC hit paydirt last year with the savvy pickup of Victor Vazquez. Could they be aiming for another high-impact signing from Spain this offseason? That's the report from multiple sources on both sides of the Atlantic, with The Athletic's Joshua Kloke reporting on Wednesday that TFC are in talks with Athletic Bilbao about midfielder Ager Aketxe

Armchair Analyst: Sacha the playmaker, or no? | #MLSIsBack in 17 Days |
...he carved his name into the record books. Not even past greats like Carlos Valderrama, Marco Etcheverry or Landon Donovan had led the league in helpers twice in a row. It's a pretty momentous achievement, and it speaks well of a Red Bulls team that was one of the best attacking sides in MLS during the duration of Kljestan's three-year stay.

United States

Report: Carlos Bocanegra in running for USMNT general manager spot - Dirty South Soccer
According to a report from’s Ives Galarcep, Carlos Bocanegra is being considered for the brand new general manager role for the United States men’s national team. The position being introduced by the USSF is supposed to be a person who operated the daily operations of the national team and be heavily involved in such decisions as hiring the next manager.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino backs Carlos Cordeiro to address US's massive World Cup failure
FIFA president Gianni Infantino has called the United States' absence at the 2018 World Cup "a massive failure," but has backed newly elected United States Soccer Federation president Carlos Cordeiro to address the issues responsible for the team's disastrous qualifying campaign.

Jill Ellis names preliminary SheBelieves roster - Stars and Stripes FC
Jill Ellis has named 26 players to the preliminary roster for this year’s SheBelieves tournament. The final roster will get cut down to 23 before they play their first game in Columbus.


Tottenham transfer news: 'Dele Alli is replaceable and could be sold' - Jermaine Jenas expects Spurs exits this summer |
Dele Alli is “replaceable” at Tottenham and could be sold this summer, says Jermaine Jenas, but Harry Kane is likely to stick around for another “season or two”. Having worked hard to assemble a competitive squad, with fresh terms thrashed out with key men at regular intervals, Spurs are facing a fight to keep their side together.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic eyeing homes in Los Angeles amid Galaxy links - sources
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is preparing for life after Manchester United by house hunting in Los Angeles, sources have told ESPN FC. The striker has been heavily linked with a move to Major League Soccer to join the LA Galaxy when his contract expires at the end of the season.

Liverpool should have Europe on alert after defeat of Porto - Henderson
Jordan Henderson feels teams all around Europe will be wary about facing Liverpool and believes that was the case even before Wednesday's 5-0 demolition of Porto.