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Around the Forest: Seattle’s Jordan Morris done for the season

Also: Justin Meram talks about playing for Iraq, TFC have a leg up on Colorado in the CCL, Houston needs a plan B, Carlos Vela is excited about life and soccer in LA and more!


Portland Timbers announce multiyear partnership with Sightbox | Portland Timbers
The Portland Timbers today announced the club has entered into a multiyear, multifaceted partnership with Sightbox, as the club’s official vision care partner. As part of the collaboration, Sightbox, the season presenting partner for the Timbers, holds exclusive logo rights on all Timbers training apparel to be worn during training sessions and pregame.

Major League Soccer

Toronto FC vs. Colorado Rapids | CONCACAF Champions League Match Preview |
Toronto FC have one foot in the door of the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals. The Colorado Rapids will look to avoid being a doormat for the other foot in the second leg of their Round of 16 series on Tuesday night.

Chicago Fire's Jonathan Campbell ruled out for 6 weeks by facial fracture |
Campbell suffered the injury – specifically diagnosed as a compressed fracture of the zygomaticomaxillary complex on his left side – in the second half of the Fire's preseason match against Nashville SC on Feb. 21.

Why I Play for Iraq | By Justin Meram
This was in 2013. I honestly didn’t know what to think at first. Being someone of Middle Eastern descent who was born and raised in the United States, and living in a post-9/11 America, can be tough. And I can’t ignore that while playing in MLS I’ve had a few fans of other teams call me a “smelly terrorist” and shout racial slurs at me during games.

Boehm: What you may have missed during the MLS offseason |
The 2018 season is upon us, as the nine-month odyssey that culminates with one of the league’s 23 teams hoisting MLS Cup in December kicks off on Saturday.

#MLSisBack! Here's your complete 2018 season preview |
#MLSisBack and the 2018 season will kickoff on Saturday in Toronto. Given that, we asked our experts for their quick takes on each of the 23 teams heading into the season. You can also find a link to your team's unofficial depth chart based on our own evaluations and preseason matches. In addition, there's my prediction for where every team will finish in their conference.

Armchair Analyst: Houston need a Plan B | #MLSIsBack in 5 Days |
For a good long chunk of 2017 I was waiting for the bottom to drop out on the Houston Dynamo. And for a good long chunk of 2017 it seemed like the moment was at hand. Sure, they'd gotten off to that galloping start and given themselves some cushion in a weakened Western Conference, but by mid-May the counterattack opportunities had dried up and so the wins mostly did as well.

LAFC star Carlos Vela excited about life in LA, on and off the field |
When Arsene Wenger signed Carlos Vela from Chivas Guadalajara to Arsenal back in 2005, the Mexican was just 16 years old. The youngster left Mexico after leading El Tri’s youth team to their first U-17 World Cup title with a tournament-high five goals. Vela spent the next twelve years in Europe, plying his trade in England and Spain.

Report: LAFC interested in Colombian midfielder Eduard Atuesta? |
Colombia-based reporter Julian Capera reported on Twitter on Monday that the 2018 MLS expansion team are moving to bring midfielder Eduard Atuesta in on loan for the season from Independiente Medellin, although the deal is not yet complete:

Mauro Biello named Canada national team assistant coach |
Former Montreal Impact head coach Mauro Biello has been named Canada national team assistant coach and EXCEL U-23 program director, Canada Soccer announced on Monday. Biello, 45, joins the set-up now led by John Herdman, who moved from Canada women's national team head coach to Canada men's national team head coach in January.

Warshaw: With Jordan Morris injured, what's next for the Seattle Sounders? |
It’s the moment every player dreads, but one that most have felt: You take a step, and in a split-second, your world changes. A nanosecond before, everything was normal. Then the pop. Now … now … this can’t be real. How did this happen? This can’t be happening.

United States

Yanks Abroad: Saief assists, Ream & Villafaña earn TOTW Honors - Stars and Stripes FC
The Americans enjoyed a considerable amount of success this past week, scoring goals & recording assists around the globe. Jorge Villafana & Tim Ream were named to their respective leagues’ Team of the Week. Aron Johannsson was the hero for Werder Bremen - sort of. Plus Mix Diskrerud even scored a goal! No really.

CONCACAF expands Gold Cup to 16 teams, explores multi-nation hosting setup |
CONCACAF announced on Monday that the regional championship tournament will expand to 16 teams starting in 2019, its next edition. The confederation also revealed that it is “exploring a pan-regional footprint” for next year’s event, meaning that matches could be played in Central America and the Caribbean, which in CONCACAF’s words would “fulfill a long-term aspiration” for member nations in those regions.


PSG yet to decide if Neymar will have foot surgery - coach Unai Emery
Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery insists that no decision has yet been taken over whether Neymar will have a foot operation amid reports that the Brazil international could miss three months.

Samir Nasri banned for six months for anti-doping violation |
A UEFA statement read: "The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) has rendered its decision following disciplinary proceedings opened on 6 March 2017 against the player Samir Nasri for violation of the UEFA Anti-Doping Regulations.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto responds to Kylian Mbappe as feud grows
Assou-Ekotto, 33, has taken exception to Mbappe, 19, speaking of his desire to honour his African family roots by helping sport on his parents' continent of birth after dining with French president Emmanuel Macron and Liberian counterpart George Weah last week.