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Around the Forest: New York Red Bulls and Toronto FC Advance To CCL Semi’s

Also: Chivas downs Seattle, CJ Sapong gets new contract, Keaton Parks impresses, England might not have journo’s at the World Cup and more!


Who should be the Portland Timbers' starting forward: Fanendo Adi or Samuel Armenteros? |
Portland Timbers forward Fanendo Adi has developed into one of the most dangerous strikers in Major League Soccer since joining the league in 2014. He scored 16 goals in back-to-back seasons from 2015-16 and netted another 10 last year, despite missing the end of the season due to injury.

Major League Soccer

CD Guadalajara 3, Seattle Sounders 0 | CCL Quarterfinals Recap |
The Seattle Sounders could not complete the MLS sweep of Liga MX opposition in the 2018 Concacaf Champions League this week, as they lost 3-0 to Chivas de Guadalajara on Wednesday at Estadio Akron, failing to reach the semifinal round after losing the series 3-1 on aggregate.

The numbers behind Sebastian Giovinco's free-kick supremacy |
The “Atomic Ant” proved that in a big way, bending in a free kick in the second half that gave TFC a second away goal and helped lift the defending MLS Cup champions over reigning Mexican champions Tigres UANL in the Concacaf Champions League quarterfinals.

Philadelphia Union sign striker CJ Sapong to new contract |
The Philadelphia Union announced on Wednesday that CJ Sapong has signed a new contract, ensuring that the target forward will remain under contract with the club through 2019, with a club option for 2020.

LA Galaxy star Giovani dos Santos out 1-3 weeks with hamstring injury |
In the 24th minute of a 2-1 loss to New York City FC Sunday at Yankee Stadium, Gio got briefly tangled with NYCFC defender Alexander Callens at the top of the box as he chased after a ball over the top by Jorgen Skjelvik. He continued his run, but fell to the turf over Sean Johnson, who dove at the ball at the edge of his six-yard box.

Soccer For All |
Soccer For All signifies that everyone is welcome to MLS, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status. We encourage you to watch the PSA, share it with your friends and family, and join the #SoccerForAll conversation on Twitter and Instagram!

Wiebe: MLS bests Liga MX in CCL, but must keep eye on the ultimate prize |
I could barely get out of bed this morning. I was burning up, covered in goosebumps with chills undulating, from head to toe. Before I reached for my phone – don’t lie, you do it, too – a singular question flashed across my mind: “Were those #CCLFever-induced dreams or real life?”

Toronto FC to face Club America, Red Bulls take on Chivas in CCL semifinals |
Two entrants from MLS, Toronto FC and the New York Red Bulls, and two Liga MX sides, Club América and Chivas de Guadalajara, are the final four in this edition of the CCL.

United States

Report: Keaton Parks to join Benfica for preseason | SBI Soccer
According to reports out of Portugal, Parks will spend this summer’s preseason with the Benfica first team. The midfielder has reportedly impressed manager Rui Vitoria during his time with the senior team and with several standout performances with Benfica B.

How a culture of producing athletes and accepting mediocrity turned me off the US game
WHEN THE US lost to Trinidad and Tobago last October a classic debate about football in America came to the fore. Would the failure to reach the World Cup effectively kill interest in the game? It is a question and a fear that has long nagged at US Soccer and one that unfortunately continues to influence our perception of the sport in this country.

Jonathan Klinsmann in right place at Hertha despite criticism - Rune Jarstein
Hertha Berlin goalkeeper Rune Jarstein has said Jonathan Klinsmann could not have made a better choice than joining the club despite recent criticism from goalkeeping coach Zsolt Petry. Petry last week urged Klinsmann, the son of former Germany captain and U.S. coach Jurgen, to improve his work ethic and claimed there was "too much American" in him.


England could have no journalists at World Cup after Russian threats to UK
England are facing the risk of playing in this summer's World Cup without their media being present at the event after Russian Foreign Minister Maria Zakharova threatened to expel all UK media from the country.

Conte's Chelsea job is safe despite Champions League exit but still likely to leave in the summer |
Chelsea's Champions League elimination on Wednesday night won't see Antonio Conte sacked as manager but the Italian is nonetheless expected to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season. The 48-year-old led the Blues to Premier League glory last year but his relationship with the board remains strained after a succession of public rants over the club's transfer strategy.

Manchester United's Paul Pogba like a schoolboy 'he did nothing' - Roy Keane
Roy Keane has said Paul Pogba "did nothing" when he came off the bench in Manchester United's Champions League defeat to Sevilla and is a "problem" for the club. Pogba failed to provide the spark United needed as they crashed out of Europe's major club competition, losing 2-1 in the round of 16 at Old Trafford.