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Around the Forest: USA Beats Paraguay 1-0

Also: Bill Tuiloma talks, Zlatan might play for LAG this weekend, Investment group buys percentage of Orlando City, What did we learn in the friendly with Paraguay and more!

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"Crazy road" sees defender Bill Tuiloma find a home in Portland Timbers green and gold | Portland Timbers
There was a point, not so long ago, when Portland Timbers defender Bill Tuiloma found himself on a bench at the Stade Vélodrome, decked out in a Olympique de Marseille kit, listening to over 69,000 fans scream before one of the biggest matches in European soccer: Le Classique – the Ligue 1 derby between l’OM and Paris Saint-Germain.

Shot totals offer a deceiving verdict on Thorns FC's season opener | Portland Timbers
Last season, the North Carolina Courage led the NWSL in shots taken, averaging 12.7 attempts per game. Out of context, who knows what 12.7 means, but compared to the rest of the league, it turned out to be a relatively huge number.

Major League Soccer

Josef Martinez: King of Atlanta, Commoner of the Road - Dirty South Soccer
Atlanta United’s high-flying attack is at it again in 2018. After setting records for its proficiency in front of goal in its inaugural season, the goals are still flying in three matches into the second campaign. While the Five Stripes have a gluttony of talent on the roster, there’s not much debate about who carries the majority of the load for Tata Martino’s attack.

What Kei Kamara really said about Columbus Crew SC - Massive Report
His famous on-field argument with Federico Higuain in Crew SC’s 4-4 tie with the Montreal Impact on May 7, 2016, led to a trade to the New England Revolution and Kamara has only been back to Columbus once since, a 2-0 loss later that season.

Investment group buys 8.63 percent of Orlando City SC
Club owner Flávio Augusto da Silva announced via Facebook the sale of 8.63 percent of Orlando City SC to an investment firm. The club is valued at about $490 million, according to the post, which makes the sale worth roughly $42.3 million.

NYCFC coach Patrick Vieira adamant Alex Ring will return sooner than anticipated | Pro Soccer USA
About an hour before kickoff Saturday against New England, New York City FC announced holding midfielder Alex Ring would miss four weeks with a knee injury sustained while on international duty with Finland.

Red Bulls striker Bradley Wright-Phillips named Alcatel Player of the Week |
After scoring two beautiful goals this past weekend, Bradley Wright-Phillips added another accolade to his overflowing resume. On Tuesday, the New York Red Bulls striker was named the Alcatel MLS Player of the Week for Week 4 of the 2018 season, as voted on by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR)

Warshaw: Andre Horta and LAFC's big swing at the Europe-MLS divide |
LAFC currently sit with a perfect record, 2-0-0, in this inaugural season. They took a deserved three points on the road in Seattle and then manhandled RSL in Utah. After two big wins, it had many wondering if they could sustain the success throughout the season.

Zlatan to debut against LAFC? "Quite possibly" says LA Galaxy's Sigi Schmid |
Zlatan Ibrahimovic won't arrive in Southern California until Thursday night and will meet his new teammates before Friday morning's training session. Could he truly be ready to go Saturday afternoon, when the LA Galaxy face off for the first time with crosstown rival Los Angeles Football Club (3pm ET | FOX)?

Stejskal: The inside story of how the LA Galaxy landed Zlatan Ibrahimovic |
The LA Galaxy had come close to signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the past. They’d been in touch with the Swede on and off for the better part of the last three years, nearly landing him in 2017 before a major knee injury he suffered last April derailed any talk of the then-Manchester United striker trading the Red Devils for the City of Angels.

United States

USA 1-0 Paraguay: A decent win for the USMNT - Stars and Stripes FC
The US Men’s National Team went into their friendly against Paraguay with lots of questions. What kind of lineup would American Manager Dave Sarachan trot out? Would the kids actually play? Is this the game the USMNT finally scores a goal in 2018?

Four things we learned from USMNT vs. Paraguay - Stars and Stripes FC
In a few short hours last fall the U.S. Men’s National Team went from building to rebuilding, and Tuesday night’s friendly against Paraguay finally felt like a proper kickoff to that process. International talent melded with MLS hopefuls to form something of a realistic team. The players and coaches promised open play and basically delivered on that promise to came away with a solid 1-0 performance.

Armchair Analyst: US lock down a 1-0 win, but what's the process? |
More than we'd like to admit about success and failure in this game of ours is determined by simple commitment and engagement. Are you present for every moment of the game? Are you determined to close plays down? Are you making yourself available for an outlet when and where a teammate needs one? Are you going to win your 1v1s?


Hackers ‘steal €2m from Lazio’ | Football Italia
Hackers have reportedly stolen the final €2m that Lazio owed Feyenoord for defender Stefan de Vrij. According to Il Tempo, Lazio were the victims of a scam, falling for an e-mail that included Feyenoord’s badge and written as if it had been sent by the Dutch club.

Spain's Isco admits he's more confident with national team than Real Madrid
Isco said he felt "alive'' after his first career hat trick helped Spain thrash Argentina 6-1 at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid. But the Real Madrid playmaker, who has seen his club football limited in spells under Zinedine Zidane this season, admitted he might not know how to win his Los Blancos manager's confidence.

Gabby Agbonlahor to end 17-year Aston Villa stay at end of season, regardless of whether club is promoted
Gabby Agbonlahor is heading for the Aston Villa exit, with his 17-year association with the club coming to an end. Agbonlahor will be out of contract in the summer and Villa are set to offload the £25,000 a week striker regardless of which division they find themselves operating in next season.