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Around the Forest: Sunil Gulati Out as Chair Of 2026 World Cup Bid

Also: Asad returns to Atlanta, Meg Morris plays despite injury, Danny Hoesin named Player Of The Week and more!

Portland

For Thorns FC forward Meg Morris, an injury won't keep her from soccer: "This is what I love" | Portland Timbers
"Obviously, a lot of people looking in at me and this decision will be like, ‘Wow, she’s really stupid.’” A lot of people, however, don’t know about Thorns FC forward Meg Morris’s decision. Those that do tend to be close to her, and for them, there’s nothing obvious about Morris’s choice, let alone anything obviously stupid.

Major League Soccer

San Jose striker Danny Hoesen named Alcatel MLS Player of the Week | MLSsoccer.com
After scoring three goals in the final six games of the 2017 season, San Jose Earthquakes forward Danny Hoesen picked up right where he left off in 2018, scoring two goals to lead the Quakes to a season-opening 3-2 win over Minnesota United FC on Saturday.

New York Red Bulls teen Tyler Adams ready to take on leadership role in '18 | MLSsoccer.com
When the world met Adams in 2015, the former Red Bulls Academy player was signing with New York Red Bulls II as the USL side’s first ever player. He had braces – they were red to honor his team – and he was still in high school.

New additions have Chicago Fire feeling hopeful heading into 2018 opener | MLSsoccer.com
The addition of midfielder Tony Tchani from the Vancouver Whitecaps last week in exchange for $150,000 in Targeted Allocation Money has bolstered head coach Veljko Paunovic’s midfield options. And together with the earlier signing of Serbian international Aleksandar Katai from Spain’s Deportivo Alaves and the additions of forward duo Diego Campos and Elliot Collier, the Fire’s roster looks significantly healthier and deeper than it did just a week ago.

Stejskal: How Seattle landed promising attacker Magnus Wolff Eikrem | MLSsoccer.com
Transfer negotiations can be painfully drawn out affairs, with some deals requiring months of meetings, thousands upon thousands of air miles and tense negotiations all for the privilege of acquiring a player who may not even pan out.

Tenorio: Injury updates on Dom Dwyer, Josue Colman, Oriol Rosell | MLSsoccer.com
Orlando City’s offseason was rated by many as one of the best in Major League Soccer, but while its opening day lineup featured plenty of new faces, they were not all the new names the fans most anticipated.

Seattle Sounders vs. Guadalajara | CONCACAF Champions League Match Preview | MLSsoccer.com
Seattle Sounders FC coach Brian Schmetzer made seven changes to his starting XI for a league-opening 1-0 loss to expansion side LAFC on Sunday for this — the opening leg of the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals against Chivas de Guadalajara.

Return to Atlanta "strange" for D.C. United's Yamil Asad | MLSsoccer.com
Yamil Asad isn’t sure exactly how he’ll feel when he arrives at Mercedes-Benz Stadium this weekend as a visitor. “It’s a situation that’s a little strange, that I didn’t think would ever happen,” he said through a translator on Tuesday.

How Toronto FC have been scouting Tigres star Andre-Pierre Gignac | MLSsoccer.com
A quarterfinal date may be a touch early, but after all, this is exactly what the CONCACAF Champions League is all about. Wednesday night will see a true clash of champions at BMO Field, as 2017 MLS Cup winners Toronto FC will host Liga MX 2017 Apertura winners Tigres UANL in the first leg of the 2018 CCL quarterfinals.

Poised for breakout season, Alphonso Davies using pressure as motivation | MLSsoccer.com
Yes, he's still is only 17 but the Vancouver Whitecaps winger is now in his third season in MLS. And with 35 MLS appearances and more than 1400 minutes of playing time already under his belt, along with impactful outings in the CONCACAF Champions League and the Canadian Championship, the teenager could be poised for a breakout year in 2018.

Damir Kreilach and RSL’s new transition - RSL Soapbox
I don’t need to see another game to be convinced that Damir Kreilach is a perfect player for Real Salt Lake. As dynamic as Rusnak and as disciplined as Beckerman, the RSL engine looks good thanks to the Croatian’s work rate and positioning.

See which teams have signed gamers to compete in 2018 eMLS Cup | MLSsoccer.com
FCD became the latest MLS clubs to join the burgeoning gaming space, announcing their plans for the recently announced EA Sports FIFA 18 gaming league, eMLS, and in FIFA tournaments around the world.

As Xolos lament disallowed goal, Red Bulls stay grounded after CCL upset | MLSsoccer.com
Though they’d just made history, the New York Red Bulls did their best to stay grounded after brilliant performances from Luis Robles and Bradley Wright-Phillips snared them a shock 2-0 win over Liga MX side Club Tijuana in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series on Tuesday night.

United States

2026 World Cup bid shuffles leadership, Sunil Gulati remains on Board | MLSsoccer.com
Recently elected U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro, along with Canadian Soccer Association president Steven Reed and Mexico Football Federation head Decio De Maria are leading the charge as co-chairmen, according to a newsletter released on www.United2026.com on Tuesday. The three replace former U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati, who previously served as the lone chairman of the bid. De Maria is set to leave his post as the president of the Mexican federation after the World Cup, with Yon de Luis taking over his post.

Shaq Moore hopeful for a USMNT call up - Stars and Stripes FC
American right back Shaq Moore has been one of the surprise stories to emerge out of the USMNT player pool in recent months. The Florida native has seen action in the first team with Levante in La Liga, even starting a match against Lionel Messi in the team’s match against Barcelona in January. At 20 years old, the risk he took as a teenager to move to Spain and try to prove himself at the highest level has been challenging but Moore hopes that it will pay off.

World

Thiago Alcantara Manchester City awesome but rather watch Lionel Messi
Bayern Munich playmaker Thiago Alcantara has praised Manchester City's football as "awesome" and "the best of the best," but told ESPN FC he would rather see Lionel Messi in action than Pep Guardiola's side.

PSG's Julian Draxler 'surprised and sour' at Unai Emery tactics in Real Madrid defeat
"Overall, we just showed too little. That's why it's hard to accept we failed that miserably today," Draxler said. "We had big goals. All of the city was fired up, we were fired up. But then we show a match without anything, no explosiveness. That's not how you beat Real Madrid."

Leicester deny Mahrez has retired after Algerian's Facebook account hacked | Goal.com
Leicester City have denied that Riyad Mahrez has retired from football, instead insisting that his Facebook account was hacked. A message emerged via Mahrez's verified Facebook page late on Tuesday, suggesting the Algeria international was bringing an end to his career.