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Around the Forest: Zlatan Ibrahimovic Signs with the LA Galaxy

Also: Juventus will take on the MLS All-Stars, Can Chris Durkin step up for United and more!


Perspective, mentality change dominate Timbers’ preparations for Dallas | Portland Timbers
One week ago, the Portland Timbers returned to the adidas Training Center looking for perspective on a deflating result. Now, a week-and-a-half removed from that 4-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls’ second-choice team, head coach Giovanni Savarese has seen the product of his team’s reflection, lauding the new approach he’s witnessed since Portland’s humbling in Harrison, New Jersey.

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Welcome to zLAtan: Galaxy officially announce Ibrahimovic's arrival |
After weeks of heavy rumors and reports, the LA Galaxy announced the signing of Swedish megastar Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Friday, signing the 36-year-old striker via Targeted Allocation Money one day after he parted ways with Manchester United.

Is 18-year-old Chris Durkin the answer for DC United? | Rising Star |
D.C. United's 18-year old midfielder/defender Chris Durkin has been with the Black-and-Red since 2011, when he joined their academy. He signed a Homegrown contract with the first team in 2016 and made his MLS debut in D.C.'s 2018 season opener on March 3. He has played in every game since, and with injuries recently befalling others in the United midfield, hopes to make an impact with the team in the weeks ahead.

Discuss: Will Chris Wondolowski break the MLS scoring record this year? |
With Chris Wondolowski scoring his first goal of the season last week for the San Jose Earthquakes, putting him in sole possession of second place in the all-time MLS scoring chart, 10 goals behind Landon Donovan. The two will go-head-to-head in a friendly this Saturday when the Quakes host Liga MX's Club Leon, and after that, the record chase is back on.

After tough year, FC Dallas hopeful they have plenty of options in attack |
Although it's only two games into FC Dallas’ season, Mauro Diaz is already looking closer to the player who led them to the double in 2016. The Argentine playmaker got his first assist of the year last week in a win against Seattle with a sublime pass to send Michael Barrios clear down the right wing, where he then crossed for Roland Lamah’s opener.

Galaxy confident they'll weather injuries, international call-ups vs. 'Caps |
The Galaxy (1-1-0) head to Vancouver for a Western Conference showdown Saturday night (10 pm ET | MLS LIVE; TSN in Canada) likely without six starters, including most of their biggest names. That's nothing new – it's what defined LA's worst-in-MLS campaign last year – but Sigi Schmid's offseason rebuild has provided much in reserve.

Juventus 101: What you need to know about the 2018 MLS All-Star opponents |
Juventus are officially headed to Atlanta for the 2018 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target. There, on August 1, the Italian club will face off against a group of MLS's best players in the league's annual summer showcase. If you need a primer on this year's All-Star opponent, look no further:

Warshaw: An MLS All-Star Game starting XI to beat Juventus |
Some kids dream of getting shiny fire trucks for gifts. I dreamed of one day getting to pick a lineup to play against a Champions League team. I didn’t quite imagine it would be for an article online, but if I squint the right eye, it feels close enough.

Report: AC Milan's Ignazio Abate mulling summer move to MLS |
With his role at AC Milan diminished this season, Italian World Cup veteran Ignazio Abate is mulling a summer move to MLS, according to a Radio Rossonera report. No specific MLS clubs were named as possible destinations.

Andrew Carleton making opportunities count | The Prospect pres. by AdvoCare |
Since becoming Atlanta United's first Homegrown Player in 2016, Andrew Carleton has worked relentlessly to make his way to the first team. His hard work has begun to pay off this season, as the young attacker has already appeared in two matches and registered his first MLS assist.

Stejskal: Why Johnny Russell chose Sporting KC over a Premiership shot |
The Scottish attacker first learned of SKC’s interest in him last December, just as he was in the midst of a Premier League promotion chase with English Championship club Derby County. He was in a good place on the field with the Rams, playing a large role on a team that looked like a strong contender to finish in the top two in the Championship and earn automatic promotion to the EPL.