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Around The Forest: Former Orlando City Striker Cyle Larin scores in Turkish Debut

Also: Check out highlights from T2’s win, eMLS cup has their champion and more!


USL HIGHLIGHTS | OKC Energy FC: 0, Portland Timbers 2: 3 | Portland Timbers
Highlights from T2's 3-0 shutout victory on the road against OKC Energy FC Saturday night at Taft Stadium. Defender Lamar Batista and forward Foster Langsdorf each scored their first career goals, while midfielder Victor Arboleda scored in his second straight appearance. Additionally, forward Augustine Williams registered his first two assists of the season.

Major League Soccer

How a difficult childhood helped create Zlatan Ibrahimovic the soccer god
Ibrahimovic grew up poor, one of five children living in a dangerous housing project in the center of Malmo, Sweden's third-largest city. He spoke with a lisp, was self-conscious about his big nose and admits he went to school mainly for the free lunches.

Red Bulls unbothered by possibility of big turnout from Chivas fans Tuesday |
In Tuesday night’s second-leg Concacaf Champions League semifinal (8 pm ET | Univision Deportes,, however, the Red Bulls are prepared for the possibility of legions of Chivas fans cutting into their home-field advantage.

Canadian international, Orlando City ex Cyle Larin scores on Besiktas debut |
The Canada international and former No. 1 MLS SuperDraft pick entered the match in place of Caner Erkin in the 83rd minute and struck paydirt just three minutes later, running on to a lovely scooped pass from Mustafa Pektemek and dispatching his shot to run the score to 4-1 in favor of the Black Eagles.

Kid M3Mito, Houston Dynamo win inaugural eMLS Cup presented by PlayStation |
Kid M3Mito beat out LyesMTL (aka Lyes Ould-Ramoul), representing the Montreal Impact, 6-4 in their two-legged final. LyesMTL scored first in the opening leg and nearly had the victory, only to concede an equalizing goal deep into stoppage time in a 2-2 draw. After Kid M3Mito took a lead in the first half of the second leg, the two players traded a flurry of second-half goals that would eventually see the Houston rep win the game 4-2 and secure the aggregate victory.

Armchair Analyst: Clock's ticking on FC Dallas & more from Week 6 |
There was some sense around the office that this was officially an "OK, what do we actually know?" type of week. As in, we'd reached a point in the season where we could sit down and say definitively "this particular team is good" or "this particular team is bad" or anything in between, rather than "this particular team's played good" or "this particular team's played bad."

Report: Stephane Mbia attends Atlanta United game vs. LAFC |
After reports earlier in the week indicated potential interest in the 31-year-old midfielder, Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Doug Roberson revealed Mbia attended Saturday's 5-0 victory against LAFC and was chatting with executives Carlos Bocanegra and Paul McDonough.

Dom Dwyer lets MLS know: Don't ever count out Orlando City |
“We’re not going to give up, that never say die attitude,” said Dwyer shortly after the game. “I think you can’t really count us out ever to be honest. We’re showing a lot of character in three home games this year and we have to keep pushing forward.”

Madness in ATL, VAR's value and KC > Z: What you may have missed in Week 6 |
The eight games in three days of MLS Week 6 served up a fair bit to talk about. Let’s get started.

United States

Christian Pulisic “scores” fourth Bundesliga “goal” of the season - Stars and Stripes FC
Christian Pulisic scored for Borussia Dortmund today in their 3-0 win over Stuttgart. The U.S. international attempted a cross from the right flank after a nice series of build-up play. His service expertly fooled everyone into thinking it was a cross, but instead it was a world-class shot in disguise. The 100% meant shot nestled perfectly into the top corner of the net for the greatest goal of the Bundesliga season. Congrats to Christian on his Puskas award nomination.

USA defeats Mexico 6-2 in a wild and crazy game - Stars and Stripes FC
The United States and Mexico played a rambunctious game, featuring plenty of goals, plenty of chances, plenty of rough challenges, and some questionable defending. The US even briefly trailed, though five unanswered goals to close out the game left things in little doubt by the end.


Fiorentina use victory as a coping mechanism after death of Astori | Paolo Bandini | Football | The Guardian
Since Davide Astori died, Fiorentina cannot stop winning. To lay it out in such blunt terms feels almost too crude and yet how else should we put it? The Viola have strung together six consecutive victories in Serie A, a feat they last achieved in 1960. Only the first game in this sequence was played with their captain, who died on 4 March.

Paul Pogba disappointed despite Man United's derby victory over Man City
"I feel very happy but there is one side of me that is disappointed too because, with a performance like we had in the second half, if we had done this all season, I think we would be fighting for the title with City or we'd be just in front of them but this is football. It happens. And we have to carry on like this, we're learning.

Former AC Milan and Real Madrid manager Capello announces retirement | English News |
Former AC Milan and Real Madrid manager Fabio Capello has announced his retirement. The Italian has recently resigned as Jiangsu Suning manager and talking to Radio Anch’io lo sport today he revealed that his managerial experience in China has been the last one of his career.