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Around the Forest: The Timbers have scored in 22 straight

Also: Shaq Moore looking for a USMNT call up, Sinc picks up a brace for Canada, Montreal Impact to sign a defender, Zlatan tempted by move to LA and more!


#StatMan Three | Sebastián Blanco's goal extends Timbers goalscoring streak to 22 straight regular-season games | Portland Timbers
Sebastián Blanco scored but it was not enough as the Portland Timbers lost to the LA Galaxy 2-1 Sunday night at the StubHub Center in Portland's first match of the 2018 MLS season. Here are three #StatMan takeaways from #LAvPOR.

Thorns International Notebook | Sinclair's pursuit of history continues with brace at Algarve Cup | Portland Timbers
Christine Sinclair’s pursuit of women’s soccer’s all-time goal-scoring record took another step forward on Monday, with the Thorns FC captain scoring twice as Canada downed South Korea, 3-0, in the Algarve Cup.

Major League Soccer

Handwalla Bwana’s journey from Kakuma refugee camp to the Seattle Sounders -
Handwalla Bwana was known in the refugee camp as the kid who would make soccer balls out of garbage. There were not nearly enough regulation soccer balls to go around in Kakuma — a roughly 200,000-person, soccer-mad settlement in northwest Kenya — so Bwana filled a void. He and his pals kicked trash around and, for a while, that worked well enough.

Report: Zlatan Ibrahimovic "tempted" by possible move to LA Galaxy |
The Swedish striker, who returned from a severe knee injury this year but hasn't played in competitive action for the Red Devils in over two months and is expected to move on at season's end, explained that he finds the prospect of an MLS move "tempting."

Tenorio: Atlanta looking to address defensive needs, but on their timeline |
A 4-0 trouncing at the hands of the Houston Dynamo on Saturday will certainly lead to plenty of people around Atlanta to mash the panic button, but there is no such alarm among the decision makers in the Atlanta United front office.

Montreal Impact sign French defender Rod Fanni to fill center back need |
The Montreal Impact needed reinforcements at center back after losing new defender Zakaria Diallo to injury for at least five months, and on Monday they got it, announcing the signing of French defender Rod Fanni. Fanni's contract with Montreal runs through June 30, 2018, with an option for the rest of the season.

Mohamed El-Munir's effort impresses Orlando City coach, teammates
Orlando City was hunting for an equalizer after a first-half goal from D.C. United’s Yamil Asad. With players committed forward – including the team’s full backs – United had a chance to seal the match as Darren Mattocks broke away with the ball.

Vanney: Toronto needed to get in sync on Saturday ahead of Tigres showdown |
As Jozy Altidore might say, Toronto FC are busy in the laboratory, cooking up some good stuff for Wednesday night. Monday afternoon at the BMO Training Ground, ahead of the opening leg of their 2018 CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series against Tigres UANL, was all business, precious little time to chat.

Team of the Week presented by Audi: Earthquakes' Hoesen leads in Week 1 |
Columbus Crew SC led the way with three players named to the Team of the Week after the 2-0 road win over Toronto FC, followed by the Houston Dynamo and their 4-0 thrashing of Atlanta United, with two players and coach Wilmer Cabrera earning recognition for the performance.

United States

Yanks Abroad: Johannsson scores, Saief assists - Stars and Stripes FC
While we have plenty of highlights from goals and assists around the world, there were some very forgettable performances and Bobby Wood couldn’t even get on the roster in Germany.

SheBelieves: USA just about manages 1-1 tie with France - Stars and Stripes FC
The two big questions leading into this game were: 1) would Jill Ellis rotate her roster after a game in the most exhausting conditions possible against Germany and 2) would France pull it together after a disastrous outing against England.


From Matip to Goretzka: How Schalke Refuses to Play Moneyball - The Ringer
Manuel Neuer gets the nod in goal. Rafinha slots in at right back, next to the center back pairing of Joël Matip and Roman Neustädter, with Sead Kolašinac flanking them on the left side. Then, it’s a three-man midfield: Max Meyer protects the back line as the defensive midfielder, with Leon Goretzka and Ivan Rakitic playing central box-to-box roles in front.

Levante's Shaq Moore 'patient' in waiting for U.S. national team to call
Moore is trying to make it in Europe the hard way. Now 21, the Florida native went abroad as a teenager and is proud to compare himself to the "canteranos," the homegrown players who go through the youth squads of Spanish teams.

PAOK punishment threatens Greek title hopes – ProSoccerTalk
A sports court in Greece has punished league title contender PAOK for match violence, deducting three points from its tally and ordering the northern club to play its next two home matches without fans. A Feb. 25 match between PAOK and Olympiakos was canceled after Olympiakos coach Oscar Garcia was hit in the face by a roll of paper thrown from the stands.