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Around the Forest: Mexican and Canadian Papers React to MLS wins in the CCL

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Portland

Giovanni Savarese's links to New York run deeper than you know | Portland Timbers
“For me, the most important thing is that we have to look at this game as every other game,” Portland Timbers head coach Giovanni Savarese said on Tuesday, “that we go into it to try and get points and try to have a strong performance – an improvement on what we saw against the Galaxy.”

Thorns FC International Notebook | Emily Sonnett goes the full 90 as U.S. clinches SheBelieves Cup | Portland Timbers
Over the first two matches of this year’s SheBelieves Cup, Thorns FC fans waited to see if one of the team’s United States internationals would be given a full shift’s action.

Major League Soccer

Atlanta United FC vs. DC United | 2018 MLS Match Preview | MLSsoccer.com
The big story on the day, though, will be the return of Yamil Asad, one of the keys to Atlanta’s stunning expansion-year success last season who now stars for D.C., and will look to extend the Black-and-Red's perfect all-time record (3W-0L-0D) against Atlanta United.

New England Revolution sign midfielder Luis Alberto Caicedo on loan | MLSsoccer.com
The New England Revolution announced the acquisition of Colombian midfielder Luis Alberto Caicedo on Thursday, signing the 21-year-old on a season-long loan from Colombian second-division club Cortulua using Targeted Allocation Money (TAM), with a permanent transfer option for 2019.

Mexican, Canadian newspapers react to MLS CCL wins over Liga MX | MLSsoccer.com
History suggests that the three MLS teams remaining in the 2018 Concacaf Champions League faced long odds as they began their two-legged quarterfinal matchups vs. Liga MX opposition; MLS teams are 3-29 all-time in such series vs. Mexican teams.

Diego Rossi wins Week 1 AT&T MLS Goal of the Week with LAFC's first goal | MLSsoccer.com
Now Diego Rossi's game-winner has won the inaugural edition of the 2018 AT&T Goal of the Week race, cruising to victory with 43 percent of the vote, well ahead of fellow contenders Kei Kamara (20%), Danny Hoesen (16%), Stefano Pinho (13%) and Federico Higuain (8%).

Mexican, Canadian newspapers react to MLS CCL wins over Liga MX | MLSsoccer.com
History suggests that the three MLS teams remaining in the 2018 Concacaf Champions League faced long odds as they began their two-legged quarterfinal matchups vs. Liga MX opposition; MLS teams are 3-29 all-time in such series vs. Mexican teams.

Colorado finalizing deal for TAM striker, according to GM Padraig Smith | MLSsoccer.com
“We’re looking to add somebody in this window,” he said. “We’ve got a target in mind, we feel like we’re close to finalizing that, so if things go the way we want over the next couple of days we should be adding one final piece to the roster, another attacker, a striker.”

Sounders rookie Bwana gets sage advice from Dempsey before first start | MLSsoccer.com
SEATTLE – Seattle Sounders rookie midfielder Handwalla Bwana had no trouble admitting he was nervous before he made his first professional start in Seattle’s Concacaf Champions League quarterfinal matchup with Chivas de Guadalajara at CenturyLink Field on Wednesday.

ExtraTime Radio: Has MLS turned corner in CCL? Plus, Paul Tenorio on Revs | MLSsoccer.com
There's nothing that gets the ExtraTime Radio guys as riled up as the CONCACAF Champions League. So when MLS teams went three for three against Liga MX in quarterfinal first legs, you knew Thursday's episode was going to be epic.

Warshaw: 1 week in, San Jose Earthquakes are MLS's most innovative offense | MLSsoccer.com
If I were to ask you to describe the San Jose Earthquakes over the last half-decade, you would probably be caught between "unremarkable" and "The Goonies!" The Quakes found intermittent success, but their style was predicated on Chris Wondolowski's consistency and those "Never say die!" last-minute flurries.

Will DC United remain Atlanta United's bogeyman? DC working on it | MLSsoccer.com
Consider the evidence: Atlanta United and D.C. United share a last name, a similar color scheme and a brief history of spats between their demonstrative coaches. Atlanta were the most charming expansion debutants in MLS history last season. D.C. – themselves once league darlings – were a last-place team, except when they defeated Atlanta three times. (Or “Atlanta FC” as the RFK Stadium scoreboard labeled them.)

See which teams have signed gamers to compete in 2018 eMLS Cup | MLSsoccer.com
The Houston Dynamo 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.

Friedel confident NE Revolution's defensive depth will weather suspensions | MLSsoccer.com
When the Revs host the Colorado Rapids on Saturday (1:30 pm ET | MLS Live), that mantra will be tested to its brink, with starting center backs Antonio Delamea and Claude Dielna suspended. Delamea, the team’s 2017 MVP, and Dielna, the club’s captain, were each dismissed in the club’s season-opening 2-0 loss to the Philadelphia Union, and Friedel said the solution is as simple as plug and place.

From Union Juniors to Philadelphia phenom: Anthony Fontana's dream debut | MLSsoccer.com
Every school day for three years, Anthony Fontana woke up at 5:45 a.m. and returned to his Delaware home around 8 p.m. Yes, traveling an hour-and-a-half each way just to get to high school presented plenty of challenges, particularly for his parents before he got his driver’s license. But for Fontana, going to YSC Academy — the Philadelphia Union-affiliated private high school for the club’s youth academy players — was something he knew he had to do.

United States

SheBelieves: Player stock up, stock down - Stars and Stripes FC
Another SheBelieves has come and gone; in this, the third year of the tournament, the United States somewhat made up for last year’s last-place disaster by coming top of the points list with two wins and a draw. But the numbers definitely don’t tell the whole story.

World

Bayern Munich extends Joshua Kimmich contract – ProSoccerTalk
Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says, “Joshua has become a mainstay of our side in the last 2 1/2 years. That’s why we’re very happy to tie him to us for the long term. Bayern has made a seamless transition into the future through his positive development in the right back position.”

Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Manchester United prepared to sell Paul Pogba | Goal.com
Neymar has told Barcelona that he wishes to return to Camp Nou, according to Mundo Deportivo. The Brazilian is said to regret his decision to leave for PSG to step out of the shadow cast by Lionel Messi and wants to know what it'll take to return to Catalunya.

Mario Balotelli told by Italian politician to 'stick to his job' after criticism
A politician elected to the Italian senate has told Mario Balotelli he should "stick to his job" after the Nice striker criticised him for representing a political party known for racial controversy.