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Around the Forest: Zlatan Ibrahimovic invades the Late Late Show

Also: Sounders win in Toronto, Timbers U23’s advance in the US Open Cup, Wayne Rooney deal closer to becoming a reality and more!


Timbers ready for Seattle as #PDXSEA100 approaches: "We’ve been building exactly for these type of matches" | Portland Timbers
Portland Timbers FC are coming off their first three wins of the 2018 campaign, and having climbed into a tie for sixth in the Western Conference, the team can afford to look at their broader, more ambitious objectives for the Major League Soccer season.

U.S. Open Cup: Rey Ortiz leads Portland Timbers U23 to historic win 05/09/2018
The 5-0 win over Kitsap SC was the biggest margin of victory by a PDL team over an NPSL team in the history of the tournament. It was a long night for Kitsap, which lost defender Kevin Francis to a red card after 10 minutes and conceded two own goals.

Major League Soccer

Wayne Rooney: Everton forward agrees 'deal in principle' to join MLS side DC United - BBC Sport
Rooney's representatives have been in the US to negotiate terms and the former England skipper is willing to leave the Premier League club. Nothing has been signed yet and uncertainty over Everton boss Sam Allardyce's position means the forward, 32, could stay at Goodison Park.

SBI Spotlight: Minnesota homecoming provides much-needed change for Eric Miller | SBI Soccer
Eric Miller has been through the adjustments that come with being traded as well as the highs and lows that come with MLS life. Just this year, he’d gone from defensive centerpiece to out of favor with the Colorado Rapids, the latest bump in the road for a player that’s experienced several whirlwinds throughout his career.

The feeling's mutual: SKC and Atlanta praise each other after showdown |
The top two teams in the Supporters' Shield standings clashed on Wednesday night at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and for now, the best in the West stands alone above the best in the East. Following Sporting Kansas City’s 2-0 victory over Atlanta United FC, SKC manager Peter Vermes was effusive with his praise for his opponents after the match, calling them “probably the best team in the league.”

Shelton reveals effects of Guzan red-card challenge in Atlanta-Sporting KC |
Brad Guzan's challenge on Khiry Shelton was the pivotal moment of Sporting Kansas City's 2-0 win over Atlanta United on Wednesday, as the goalkeeper earned a straight red card for upending the speedy striker as he raced in on goal in the 34th minute of play.

Sounders credit grit, formation and "special" Bwana for unlikely TFC win |
Against the odds, and the run of play, Seattle Sounders FC came into BMO Field on Wednesday night and earned a massive three road points with a 2-1 win over Toronto FC. Without the services of Clint Dempsey, Ozzie Alonso and Nicolas Lodeiro, to name but a few of those left at home, the Sounders leaned on a new look and supreme efficiency to pull out the result.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic sees the future for Late Late Show's James Corden |
While a good portion of MLS was busy with midweek matches, Zlatan Ibrahimovic was back on the the LA late night talk show circuit on Wednesday night, where the folks at the Late Late Show had some fun with the Swedish superstar's famous bravado.

Juventus legend Edgar Davids visits Atlanta ahead of 2018 MLS All-Star Game |
Edgar Davids, the Juventus and Netherlands national team legend, was in town Wednesday to see Atlanta United challenge Western Conference leaders Sporting Kansas City, a few months prior to his former team playing in the 2018 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target. Juventus will be taking on the MLS All-Stars on August 1 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Report: Wayne Rooney tells Everton he wants to join DC United |
Following reports that English star Wayne Rooney had entered "serious talks" with D.C. United on a summer transfer, The Daily Mail reported late Wednesday that Rooney has told Everton he's ready to sign a substantial deal with the MLS original club.

Juan Agudelo not expected to return soon from hamstring injury - The Bent Musket
In the first half of the club’s meeting with the Montreal Impact, Revs forward Juan Agudelo exited the match with a hamstring injury. New England then conceded four straight goals en route to a 4-2 defeat.

United States

It’s wrong to hold Women’s World Cup qualifying games in North Carolina - Outsports
Last month, the U.S. Soccer Federation announced the venues for the 2018 CONCACAF women’s championship, the tournament that serves as the qualifiers for the 2019 Women’s World Cup. One of them is in North Carolina and that poses a problem.

Predicting the USMNT’s roster for their summer friendlies - Stars and Stripes FC
The USMNT has three upcoming friendlies on the schedule, taking on Bolivia (May 28th), Ireland (June 2nd), and France (June 9th). While it is impossible to accurately guess whom Dave Sarachan is going to name to the roster, it’s always fun to make some predictions and see if they happen.


Juventus boss Max Allegri storms out of interview after Coppa Italia triumph
Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri walked out of his postgame television interview in anger despite his side's 4-0 victory over AC Milan in the Coppa Italia final on Wednesday.

Carlos Carvalhal set to leave Swansea Chris Coleman in frame - sources
Carlos Carvalhal is poised to leave Swansea after the final game of the Premier League season on Sunday, with former Wales boss Chris Coleman in the frame to replace him, sources close to the club have told ESPN FC.

Michael Carrick leader at Manchester United calling time on career - Mark Ogden
There is no fuss with Michael Carrick. He probably has an ego somewhere inside him, but it doesn't show. He is classic son-in-law material: consistent, reliable, understated and someone who responds to any kind of praise with embarrassment and a shrug of the shoulders.

Man United's Jose Mourinho on players' mentality: Some of them won't 'make it'
Jose Mourinho has given a clear indication of his plans to rebuild his Manchester United squad this summer by claiming that some players are not going to "make it" after questioning the strength of their mentality.