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Around The Forest: Thorns Remain Unbeaten In Home Openers

Also: Wondo starts on the bench, Lindsey Horan is a monster, CCL fever is back, USMNT to play England and more!

Portland

Lindsey Horan continues to step up when it matters most | Portland Timbers
Two weeks, time with her national team, and a week spent recovering from a calf injury couldn’t derail the Lindsey Horan we last saw in Chicago. Then, against the Red Stars, her early goal and second half pressure that forced a penalty ignited Portland Thorns FC to their first victory of the season. On Sunday, Horan was at the same level, equalizing the Orlando Pride’s opening goal before setting up her team’s game-winner.

Timbers head coach Giovanni Savarese thrilled to witness Thorns FC's home opening win: "It was fantastic" | Portland Timbers
His first career MLS win under his belt last night with Portland’s 3-2 win over Minnesota United FC Saturday evening in a sold out, 2018 home opener at Providence Park, you might think that Timbers head coach Giovanni Savarese would be enjoying a quiet Sunday.

Major League Soccer

Quakes captain Wondolowski enters game as sub for first time in three years | MLSsoccer.com
Forward and captain Chris Wondolowski did not start the match. The Quakes' talisman, currently the second-highest scorer in MLS history behind only Landon Donovan, went nearly three years to the day since the last time he did not start a league match in which he was available for selection.

Stejskal: Best CCL run ever? Toronto FC president Bill Manning weighs in | MLSsoccer.com
Toronto FC still have plenty of work to do to become the first MLS team to win the Concacaf Champions League, but club president Bill Manning believes they’ve already made history in the tournament.

Toronto FC vs. Guadalajara | Concacaf Champions League Match Preview | MLSsoccer.com
After knocking off defending Mexican champions Tigres UANL and then Club America, Toronto FC will attempt a clean sweep of Liga MX foes and capture a first-ever Concacaf Champions League title, which would be their fourth championship in less than 10 months, when they face Chivas de Guadalajara in the first leg of the final Tuesday at BMO Field.

East team offered Revs $750K in allocation for Lee Nguyen, reports Twellman | MLSsoccer.com
The Revs’ veteran playmaker requested a trade in the offseason but has received only a spot on the team’s periphery in return. The US international has yet to play a minute or even make the Revs’ 18-man gameday roster this season, amid reports that new coach Brad Friedel has steadfastly refused to even entertain offers for Nguyen for much of this spring.

Darwin Quintero gives Minnesota United fans reason to hope after debut | MLSsoccer.com
In nearly a decade of Liga MX play with Santos Laguna and Club América, Darwin Quintero — named for noted scientist Charles Darwin — earned the nickname El Científico del Gol (The Goal Scientist). Quintero, in making his MLS debut for Minnesota United FC on Saturday, got off to a bit of a rough start in the lab, but ended up making goal science look like art.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic on LA Galaxy win over Fire: "The sun was stronger today" | MLSsoccer.com
He may have scored the decisive game-winning goal, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic admitted he should have had a hat trick as the LA Galaxy returned to winning ways with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over the Chicago Fire Saturday. In bitterly cold, blustery conditions in front of a record crowd of 21,915 at Toyota Park, the Swede produced the all-important finish in first-half injury time to secure all three points and lift the Galaxy to second spot in the Western Conference.

Armchair Analyst: Battle of East titans, Darwin's debut & more from Week 7 | MLSsoccer.com
As I wrote last week, we're not quite at "You are what your record says you are" territory just yet. The schedule's been too imbalanced, the sample size is too small and there are too many other variables – including a still-open transfer window, a still-ongoing continental Cup competition, and a cadre of still-integrating offseason acquisitions.

NWSL

Even in the world’s best women’s soccer league, many players juggle multiple jobs to make ends meet. Utah Royals FC wants to change that. - The Salt Lake Tribune
For 10 days, she was a single mom. Not really, but that’s the nickname friends and family gave her during the week and a half she took on a full-time nanny gig that featured 24/7 kid duty in addition to seven chickens and five cats. It started like all mornings do, shuttling to and from school, then to tutoring sessions and dance lessons while trying to maintain a semblance of sanity.

United States

Report: USMNT to face England in November - Stars and Stripes FC
Add England to the list of potential opponents that the United States could face this fall. According to a Goal report, the USMNT is close to a deal to face England in a friendly somewhere in the United Kingdom during the November international fixture window.

Jurgen Klinsmann: World Cup failure set United States back 'by several years'
Soccer in the United States has suffered a significant setback after the men's national team failed to qualify for the World Cup this summer, former coach Jurgen Klinsmann has said.

World

Borussia Dortmund's Mario Gotze benched Germany World Cup hopes in balance
Mario Gotze's hopes of a place in Germany's World Cup squad remain in the balance after the Borussia Dortmund midfielder played just four minutes against Schalke at the weekend.

Chelsea's Antonio Rudiger 'probably' dropped for Antonio Conte comments
Antonio Rudiger has said he was "probably" dropped from the Chelsea squad at Southampton as punishment for appearing to criticise coach Antonio Conte's tactics. Germany international Rudiger was replaced by Andreas Christensen in the starting XI and not on the bench despite being fully fit, with Conte saying it was a "tactical decision."

Liverpool news: Mohamed Salah prefers Champions League to Golden Boot | Goal.com
Liverpool star Mohamed Salah is desperate to win the Champions League, saying that was his focus ahead of individual prizes. Salah, 25, has enjoyed an incredible first season at Anfield, scoring 40 goals in 45 games in all competitions since arriving from Roma.