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Around The Forest: CCL Returns Tonight, With Chivas Minus Their Captain

Also: Update on Providence Park, MLS to take part in Earth Day, Twins night with the Whitecaps and more!


Providence Park is currently in the midst of an extensive stadium expansion that will add approximately 4,000 new seats and a striking new street-level colonnade along the eastern side of the stadium. As a function of the ongoing construction, access to parts of Providence Park will change or be off-limits for parts of the season.

#StatMan Three | Bill Tuiloma scores his first career MLS goal | Portland Timbers
The Portland Timbers' five-game, season-opening road stretch came to end Sunday with a 3-2 loss to Orlando City. Here are three key #StatMan takeaways from the match.

Major League Soccer

Chivas coach Matias Almeyda hopeful Jair Pereira's CCL suspension is lifted |
One of the big stories coming out of the first leg of the semifinal round of the 2018 Concacaf Champions League was the Disciplinary Committee action from the confederation. In addition to fining both Toronto FC and Club América for their respective roles in a tunnel fracas at BMO Field, Chivas de Guadalajara captain Jair Pereira was suspended two games for choking the New York Red Bulls' Sean Davis in last week's first leg at the Estadio Akron.

MLS to celebrate Earth Day with third annual Greener Goals Week |
With Earth Day approaching, MLS WORKS is gearing up to host the third annual Greener Goals Week of Service from April 16-20. League-wide efforts will be conducted on and off the field to highlight Major League Soccer’s commitment to environmental sustainability, with MLS club and staff members volunteering their time with local charitable organizations and other green initiatives being promoted throughout the week across MLS social and digital channels.

Twins | Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Acceptable proof includes a photo of a valid BC Driver’s Licence or BCID card – from you and your twin. If your application is successful, you can pick up your tickets at Gate H will call from 5 p.m. onwards on Friday, April 13. Please note that you must attend the game with your twin!

Miles Robinson enjoys smooth MLS debut for Atlanta, eyes more minutes ahead |
Atlanta United’s first SuperDraft pick in club history, last year’s No. 2 overall selection, made his MLS debut in the Five Stripes’ 5-0 win over LAFC on Saturday evening. He was the only player in either team’s starting 11 without a single MLS minute to his name prior to kickoff, but you wouldn’t have been able to tell in the way he managed LAFC’s high-octane attack.

Kreis ready to stop living dangerously after latest Orlando City comeback |
Winning is great, any way it happens, but there are easier ways to get the job done, according to Orlando City SC head coach Jason Kreis. Despite a 3-2 comeback victory over the Portland Timbers at Orlando City Stadium, the Lions are growing tired of chasing games early this season.

Warshaw: Why Bastian Schweinsteiger at sweeper might make sense for Chicago |
Saturday's scoreline didn't show it, but with a surface watch of the Chicago Fire's 1-0 victory over Columbus Crew SC, you'd have missed one of the most interesting tactical games of the season. Fire head coach Veljko Paunovic lined up his team in a 3-5-2 (or 5-3-2, if you prefer) formation, with star midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger …

Team of the Week presented by Audi: Tim Melia steps up in Week 6 |
Week 6 was a week of close results punctuated by a few blowouts in MLS, and as a result a few teams dominated the Team of the Week presented by Audi. The New England Revolution, fresh off a 4-0 win over the Montreal Impact, and Atlanta United, posting a 5-0 win over LAFC, lead the way, alongside Sporting Kansas City after their road win.

United States

Yanks Abroad: Pulisic scores, McKennie returns - Stars and Stripes FC
Christian Pulisic, the 19-year-old sensation for the United States, scored an absolutely accidental beautiful goal over the weekend, but the Yanks Abroad were pretty quiet other than that. Let’s take a look around the globe for all the notable appearances.

U.S. Soccer’s Trinidad nightmare, told by fans who lived it
Six months ago Tuesday, the American Outlaws were preparing for Russia. The largest unofficial supporters group of U.S. Soccer’s national teams had hostels reserved; it had its 2018 World Cup travel package ready for launch. And around 50 of its roughly 30,000 members were in the remote city of Couva, Trinidad and Tobago, anticipating a party.


Could a Neymar return to Barcelona be in the cards?
It sounds crazy in theory, but when you really dig down and think about it players return to their former clubs all the time. Chalk it up to sentimental values, simply being familiar with a club or in some cases knowing that you’ll be a part of a winning team.

Guardiola, Klopp's ability to address weaknesses will determine UCL tie
It's possession play against gegenpressing; both systems have obvious strengths and clear weaknesses, and this week's Champions League quarterfinal second leg will be largely defined by the latter. It's a test of both managers' ability to address the alleged major shortcoming in their respective coaching philosophies. Can Klopp's side defend when under sustained spells of pressure? Can Guardiola's side guard against counterattacks?

Fernando Torres confirms he will leave Atletico Madrid in summer
Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres will leave the club at the end of the season when his contract expires, the player has confirmed. The 34-year-old has made just three league starts this season, scoring two goals in 20 league appearances for second-placed Atletico, after signing a one-year extension 12 months ago.