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Around the Forest: David Villa scores 400th Goal for Club and Country

Also: Thorns draw Utah, Banc Of California Stadium opens, Orlando City, Title contenders and more!


Portland Thorns FC carry mixed feelings out of stalemate in Utah | Portland Timbers
When a team as talented as Utah Royals FC plays like they did on Saturday night, it’s difficult to be too disappointed with a point at Rio Tinto Stadium. This is, after all, a squad that features luminaries like Becky Sauerbrunn and Kelley O’Hara, a returning Amy Rodriguez, Canadian standouts Diana Matheson and Desiree Scott, as well one of the NWSL season’s early top imports, Icelandic international Gunnhildur Jonsdottir.

Major League Soccer

LAFC fans, players, even owners awed by Banc of California Stadium's debut |
Right up until Laurent Ciman blasted his second scorcher in as many games from a 35-yard free kick, causing Stefan Frei enough trouble to give Banc of California Stadium its storybook opening home victory, the match had been tense.

MLS 2018 primary transfer window officially opens |
This window will remain open until 11:59 pm ET on May 1. During this time, per FIFA regulations, MLS teams are able to request International Transfer Certificates (ITC) from players' former clubs to complete signings, loans and transfer deals. While deals can otherwise be completed outside the transfer windows, receipt of a player's ITC is required in order to add players to official rosters and for those players to be eligible to play in competitive matches.

Report: Toronto FC defender Drew Moor suffers "significant" leg injury |
Toronto FC defender Drew Moor was one of several Reds to suffer injuries during the close of their run to the Concacaf Champions League final, and this one could have a more lasting impact. Joshua Kloke of The Athletic Toronto exclusively reports that head coach Greg Vanney revealed Moor's injury was diagnosed as a "significant quad tear" which could extend his recovery to "more than a few weeks."

Armchair Analyst: Zlatan issues in LA, Revs for real & more from Week 9 |
We're still not quite at "you are what your record says you are" territory just yet, though we are getting very close. The 2018 season pushed through the 20 percent mark this past weekend, with 87 of 391 games played and that really is a pretty decent sample size. We know some stuff.

El Guaje hits 400: NYCFC's David Villa hits rare scoring milestone |
From Asturias to Valencia to Barcelona to Melbourne to the heart of the Bronx, David Villa’s life in soccer has led him to myriad destinations and stellar achievements over the past 17 years, and on Sunday evening he marked another incredible milestone.

Big Question: Should Orlando City be considered MLS Cup contenders? |
First they opened the season winless in three. Now they're perfect through five.

Which Orlando City SC is the real one? After their offseason overhaul are they finally showing off their MLS Cup potential? Former MLS player Bobby Warshaw joins Marisa Pilla to discuss the Lions' title credentials.

United States

Can Bobby Wood and Hamburg pull off a great escape? - Stars and Stripes FC
Hamburg took down Wolfsburg, 3-1, at the Volkswagen Arena in an effort that keeps their increasingly stronger looking top flight hopes alive. American striker Bobby Wood converted a 42nd minute penalty, coolly sending the keeper the wrong way and slotting his attempt into the bottom right corner.

USMNT Weekly Youth Update: Jonathan Amon finds the back of the net - Stars and Stripes FC
Overall, this was a very quiet week for young Americans both abroad and at home, but one player had a standout performance.


Liverpool's Steven Gerrard in Glasgow for fresh Rangers talks - sources
Liverpool under-18 coach Steven Gerrard will travel to Glasgow on Monday for more discussions with Rangers about becoming the Scottish Premiership side's new manager, sources have told ESPN FC.

Ramos insists: “We will not give Barcelona a guard of honour” - Managing Madrid
“Coach Zidane said it and it’s set in stone. We will not give Barcelona a guard of honour next weekend. Don’t ask me about it, let them enjoy their title and we will focus on Bayern from now on,” said Ramos during the pre-match press conference ahead of Tuesday’s match against the German side. “Barcelona have completed a great season and won two titles,” added the captain.

Sarri: 'Serie A risks losing fans' | Football Italia
Napoli Coach Maurizio Sarri warned Serie A will “lose many fans, because they cheer on teams that will never win. It's not like the Premier League.” Juventus are on the verge of a seventh consecutive Scudetto after breaking four points clear with three rounds to go.