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Around the Forest: USMNT releases 22 Man Roster for Paraguay Friendly

Also: All the goals from week 3, Dempsey see’s red, the CCL hangover is real, Orlando loses again and more!


Timbers defender Zarek Valentin: "All these things are within our control" | Portland Timbers
What hadn’t surfaced as the team practiced Tuesday at the adidas Training Center was dejection. To see the team’s first training after its return from Harrison, New Jersey, was to see an attitude consistent with the group’s first seven weeks on the field, and while that could be misread as the team not taking heart in its failures, it was actually the product of two days’ perspective, as well as the realization that, this early in the season, everything is still under their control.

Major League Soccer

Efficient NYCFC, unlucky Orlando experience contrasting fortunes in 2018 |
Both teams were without first-choice players for their meeting on Saturday: Orlando without forwards Dom Dwyer and Stefano Pinho and midfielder Oriol Rosell to injury and PC to suspension, and NYCFC missed starters David Villa and Anton Tinnerholm, who failed late fitness tests.

Seattle Sounders forward Clint Dempsey shown third red card in MLS career |
The Seattle Sounders' issues to start 2018 continued on Sunday, when Clint Dempsey was shown a red card after Video Review. The US national team legend was sent off for violent conduct after swinging his arm and making contact with FC Dallas midfielder Jacori Hayes. Referee Chris Penso was made aware of the incident by VAR Kevin Stott. You can watch the video above.

Watch all 24 goals from Week 3 of the 2018 season | All Goals |
Check out all the goals from this week's action.

Armchair Analyst: The CCL hangover is real and more from Week 3 |
The biggest winners from this week were Toronto FC, Chivas de Guadalajara, New York Red Bulls and Club America. Nothing that happens in Week 3 of the very long MLS regular season or Week 12 of the not-so-long-but-still-ongoing Liga MX Clausura can or does compare to winning one's way into the semifinals of the Concacaf Champions League.

Boehm: Red cards, revenge & more of what you may have missed in MLS Week 3 |
Even with a scoreless draw between the Philadelphia Union and Columbus Crew SC, fans were treated to plenty of rippling nets over the weekend. And while the sample size is small, after three weeks of play we’ve seen some teams get involved in more shootouts than others, both for better and for worse.

Montreal Impact sign Uruguayan attacking midfielder Alejandro Silva via TAM |
The Montreal Impact announced the acquisition of attacking midfielder Alejandro Silva on Monday, completing a permanent transfer from Argentine club CA Lanus via the use of Targeted Allocation Money. The Uruguayan international has signed a three-year contract with the Impact and will join the club upon receiving his international transfer certificate and passing his medical.

Real Salt Lake bounce back from bad loss with "great response" |
Real Salt Lake held on to their 1-0 lead through snow and relentless New York Red Bulls pressure to bounce back from their home-opening 5-1 loss a week ago. RSL took a very similar 1-0 lead on a penalty kick, this time in the 5th minute instead of the 20th. From there, New York won the statistical columns, but Salt Lake held on for the win at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday.

Whitecaps' Carl Robinson says Waston red card decision "made my blood boil" |
Whitecaps defender Kendall Waston was sent off in the 13th minute, after Video Review for a foul on Atlanta defender Leandro Gonzalez Pirez in Vancouver's box on a free kick. Replays showed contact between the players, but opinions differed regarding the justice of the red card on the Costa Rican.

Charlie Davies: Four keys to Orlando City getting back on track |
Sacha Kljestan made his season debut. So did big offseason signing Josué Colmán. But there were no points to show for it for Orlando City. The Lions are still winless after Week 3, with two untimely mistakes and too few scoring chances costing Jason Kreis’ side on a day when NYCFC – even without David Villa – proved too strong.

United States

Armchair Analyst: Three things I like & one I don't about the USMNT roster |
The US roster for the upcoming friendly against Paraguay is out, and as expected it's both young and experimental. This is obviously a good thing, given the state of the program and — all together now — the fact that we failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup this summer in Russia.

USMNT 22-man roster unveiled - Stars and Stripes FC
The United States will bring the kids to Carolina. American manager Dave Sarachan today named the 22-man roster that he will employ for the USMNT’s friendly against Paraguay on March 27th in Cary, North Carolina. Dominating the roster release is the surprise omission of American phenom Christian Pulisic, who many fans expected to be in camp for the USMNT with it being an official FIFA international window where players must be released.

Kekuta Manneh added to USMNT roster for Paraguay friendly - Stars and Stripes FC
Just when you thought U.S. Soccer was finished enticing you with promising young players to watch in their friendly against Paraguay next week, they’ve gone and added another one to the roster.


UEFA charges Marseille, Lyon for Europa League trouble |
Marseille and Lyon have been charged by UEFA following crowd disturbances in their respective Europa League matches against Athletic Bilbao and CSKA Moscow. Disturbances marred Marseille's 2-1 win at San Mames on Thursday.

Lionel Messi doesn't get punished for dissent - PSG's Marco Verratti
Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti said he believes Lionel Messi gets special treatment from referees as he apologised for his sending off in the Champions League defeat to Real Madrid.

Barcelona transfer news: Everyone hopes Andres Iniesta will stay at Barca – Marc-Andre ter Stegen |
Marc-Andre ter Stegen has revealed that the Barcelona dressing room is united in its desire for Andres Iniesta to remain at the club beyond the end of the season.