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Around the Forest: Christen Press to Houston? Not So Fast..

Also: ATLUD gets monkey of it’s back vs DC United, Adrian Heath returns to Orlando, a break down of week 2 of MLS and more!


Major League Soccer

MLS announces GA Cup brackets, schedule | Club Soccer | Youth Soccer
Major League Soccer today announced the details for the 2018 Generation adidas Cup hosted by FC Dallas, which kicks off its 11th iteration on Friday, March 23 at the Toyota Soccer Center at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. The nine-day, elite youth competition will feature 30 total games streaming live on, with the semifinals and finals incorporating video review.

By the Numbers: ATL record, debut goals, Higuain hits 50 | Matchday Central |
In the Week 2 edition of By the Numbers, Susannah Collins runs through the most interesting statistical highlights of the latest MLS matchday.

Fullbacks shine for NYCFC as Patrick Vieira's system keeps humming |
Anton Tinnerholm might be new to New York City FC, but the outside back is already an expert in the way Patrick Vieira wants to play. He showcased that ability on both sides of the ball in a 2-1 win over the LA Galaxy on Sunday in the club’s home opener, as NYCFC took six points from their first two matches for the first time in their short history.

Atlanta credit Martino's tactical adjustments for impressive win over DC |
On Sunday afternoon Atlanta United finally beat D.C. United on their fourth try, a 3-1 win at Mercedes-Benz Stadium that can be credited in large part to Gerardo “Tata” Martino. “Kudos to Tata for the perfect game plan,” said Atlanta’s Julian Gressel, who made a rare appearance at right wingback as the Five Stripes utilized a 3-5-2 formation.

Armchair Analyst: Sporting's defense, LAFC's attack & more from Week 2 |
Why does the SuperDraft matter? Because it’s a free way to get talent, and over the years we’ve seen 1) that talent, if given room to breathe and if properly coached up, can compete at the highest levels of this league, and 2) we’re still not at a point — and because of the geographic and demographic realities of North America, will probably never be at a point — where pro teams are efficiently hoovering up all the top talent directly into their programs.

Where do Mines, Davies rank among the youngest goalscorers in MLS history? |
First Vancouver Whitecaps and Canadian national team phenom Alphonso Davies netted the game-winner vs. Montreal in Week 1, and then on Saturday Homegrown rookie Ben Mines opened the scoring for the New York Red Bulls in their 4-0 rout of the Portland Timbers.

Adrian Heath enjoys Orlando return with Minnesota United victory |
Adrian Heath’s return to Orlando was everything he thought it would be. It was an electric crowd in a venue he helped build, but most importantly it was Minnesota United’s first win of the season through a 2-1 victory over Orlando City on Saturday night at Orlando City Stadium.


Sources: Dash told that Christen Press will not join the club - Houston Chronicle
The Dash have been told by the NWSL league office that United States national team forward and elite goal scorer Christen Press will not report to the team, ending a nearly two-month back-and-forth saga of 'Will she, or won't she?' A person with knowledge of the situation on Friday told the Chronicle that the Dash are preparing to move on without her.

United States

ASN article: Sarachan discusses March friendly & 2018 philosophy
At an upbeat press conference ahead of the USMNT’s March 27 friendly against Paraguay, interim coach Dave Sarachan delivered a clear and consistent message: the future of the USMNT is bright, and the time is now to start giving big minutes to the young players who will feature prominently in the 2022 World Cup qualifying cycle and beyond.


Jamie Carragher apologises to 14-year-old girl for spitting incident
Jamie Carragher has apologised to a 14-year-old girl for appearing to spit at her after Manchester United beat Liverpool 2-1 at Old Trafford on Saturday. The teenage United fan was sat in the passenger seat while her father was driving and talking to the former Liverpool and England defender about the game.

Greek Super League: Angry PAOK owner Ivan Savvidis storms pitch with gun |
The Greek Super League match between PAOK and AEK Athens was postponed on Sunday after the former's owner, who appeared to be armed with a gun, and his entourage stormed the pitch following the disallowing of a late goal.

Harry Kane injury: Tottenham striker limps off with ankle injury against Bournemouth |
England have been put on high alert after Tottenham striker Harry Kane limped off with an ankle injury against Bournemouth on Sunday. With 30 minutes gone, Kane got on the end of a lofted Christian Eriksen pass and finished past Asmir Begovic before colliding with the Cherries goalkeeper.