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Around The Forest: Toronto FC Advance To The Concacaf Champions League Final

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Also: T2’s Augie Williams makes TOTW, NYRB fail to advance and more!

Portland

USL Team of the Week | T2's Augustine Williams named to USL Team of the Week for Week 4 | Portland Timbers
T2 forward Augustine WIlliams was named to the USL Team of the Week for Week 4 after registering two assists in T2's 3-0 win on the road against OKC Energy FC on April 7. With his second assist of the night, Williams became the sixth player in team history to register two assists in a match. Timbers defender Marco Farfan last accomplished the feat against LA Galaxy II on July 9, 2017. Williams leads the team with two goals and two assists in 2018.

Why Portland Timbers' 2017 issues tell us nothing about 2018's problems | Portland Timbers
While Giovanni Savarese drills down on Sunday’s 3-2 collapse in Orlando, Portland Timbers fans may be taking a broader look at their team’s late-match failures, one fueled by the numbers ESPN’s Taylor Twellman relayed during this weekend’s broadcast. For the second week in a row, the Timbers had come from ahead to draw, continuing a trend that saw Portland drop 20 points from winning positions last season.

Major League Soccer

Alexi Gomez Joins MNUFC | Minnesota United FC
Minnesota United has reached an agreement with Club Universitario de Deportes for Peru international Alexi Gómez, who arrives to the Loons on loan for the 2018 season with an option to buy. Gómez will join the team pending receipt of his P1 Visa and ITC and will occupy an international slot on Minnesota’s roster.

Marsch: Red Bulls were "better team" than Chivas despite CCL semifinal loss | MLSsoccer.com
It was a dominating performance from the New York Red Bulls, who bossed the match and held the run of play in the second leg of their Concacaf Champions League semifinals series against Chivas Guadalajara on Tuesday night.

Club America 1, Toronto FC 1 | 2018 Concacaf Champions League Recap | MLSsoccer.com
Despite losing a key player to injury in the opening moments of the match, Toronto FC got an early goal, then kept Club América off the scoreboard until second-half stoppage time, to earn a 1-1 draw at Estadio Azteca on Tuesday night. The resulting 4-2 aggregate win means the Reds will face CD Guadalajara in the Concacaf Champions League final starting next week.

Red Bulls seek confidence boost after crashing out of Champions League | MLSsoccer.com
It was a tough Tuesday night for the New York Red Bulls, a scoreless home draw against Chivas de Guadalajara spelling an end to their Concacaf Champions League campaign in the semifinals. What the draw might just do, however, is give a confidence boost to a club that hasn’t won any hardware since 2015.

Toronto FC become third MLS team in history to reach CCL final | MLSsoccer.com
By holding Club América to a 1-1 draw at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, the Reds won their Concacaf Champions League semifinal series with the Liga MX giants and advanced to the CCL final, just the third MLS team ever to reach the continental tournament's ultimate stage.

Fernando Torres to MLS talk kicks up again, and here's where he could land | MLSsoccer.com
When news dropped this weekend that Fernando Torres was resigned to an Atletico Madrid exit this summer but not ready to retire, it kicked up old talk linking the veteran striker with a move to Major League Soccer

Barco resumes training with Atlanta United
Barco, who at a reported $15 million is the most expensive transfer in MLS history, has yet to debut with the Five Stripes after he sustained a quad injury during preparation for season-opening game at Houston.

RSL still searching for offense in trip to NYCFC
Generating offense remains a work in progress for Real Salt Lake as they travel to face New York City FC for a midweek MLS showdown. RSL (2-2-1) took a step forward in that department after getting back in the win column against Vancouver on Saturday. Salt Lake scored multiple goals in a match for the first time this season, taking down the Whitecaps 2-1.

Armchair Analyst: Toronto FC go through while RBNY stumble in CCL semis | MLSsoccer.com
It is probably in keeping with the stop-start nature of progress as a whole, as well as the stop-start nature of progress for this league of ours, that a Tuesday night capable of producing such fun and fruition could, at the same time, create so much frustration.

United States

Borussia Dortmund coming to the United States this summer - Fear The Wall
American fans of Borussia Dortmund can start planning their road-trips. The Black and Yellows could soon be appearing in a state near you. The club announced today that it is officially coming to the United States to play a slate of pre-season matches in the 2018 International Champions Cup.

World

Roma president fined for jumping into fountain after win over Barcelona
Roma president James Pallotta agreed to pay a fine and apologised to Mayor Virginia Raggi on Wednesday after jumping into a downtown fountain to celebrate the win over Barcelona. Surrounded by a crowd of flag-waving Roma fans, Pallotta performed a backward somersault into a fountain in the Piazza del Popolo.

UEFA charges Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola with improper conduct
Guardiola marched onto the pitch at the break to remonstrate with referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz after a Leroy Sane goal that would have put his side 2-0 up was contentiously disallowed and was told to sit in the stands for the second half.

Manchester United will turn down any Marcus Rashford offers - sources
Manchester United will reject any offers for Marcus Rashford in the summer, sources have told ESPN FC. There has been speculation that Rashford, 20, could look to leave Old Trafford in order to secure more regular first-team football.

Pogba offered to Real Madrid; DC United eyes Balotelli? - INSIDER | SI.com
On Friday, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola made global news when he revealed publicly that Paul Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, contacted City in January trying to persuade the club to make a transfer offer to buy Pogba from Manchester United.