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Around the Forest: Veteran MLS Goalkeeper Jon Busch Retires

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#PDXSEA100 | How the Portland-Seattle rivalry changed Major League Soccer | Portland Timbers
“Portland-Seattle didn’t need MLS. MLS needed Portland-Seattle.” As much as anybody, Taylor Twellman would know. ESPN’s lead soccer analyst is one of the most successful goal-scorers in Major League Soccer history, accumulating 101 goals across eight years with the New England Revolution. His roots in the American game go even deeper, beyond his 30 international appearances, back to when his father and two of his uncles played in the old North American Soccer League.

Major League Soccer

Yet again, Tim Melia proves his worth in clash of MLS star goalkeepers |
Goalkeeping played an outsized role in Sporting Kansas City’s 2-0 win over Atlanta United Wednesday night at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. On one end, US international Brad Guzan's dismissal turned the tide of the match.

Longtime MLS goalkeeper Jon Busch signs one-day deal to retire with Crew SC |
Columbus Crew SC, where Busch played his first MLS game in 2002, announced Busch will sign a one-day contract to officially retire as a member of the team. In accordance with that, the team will recognize the goalkeeper at halftime of Saturday's game against another of Busch's former teams, the Chicago Fire, at MAPFRE Stadium (7:30 pm ET | Full TV & Streaming Info).

We are now in a world where TMZ is asking Ben Olsen about Wayne Rooney - Black And Red United
Alright, look: this is a real-life thing that I’m about to tell you. Ben Olsen, head coach of D.C. United, found himself being interviewed at the airport by TMZ. TMZ, the website that usually focuses only on the world’s most famous folks. Yes, they’ve branched into sports, but like...Tom Brady sports. When it comes to soccer, they’re talking about Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi. Not non-Zlatan MLS, and especially not an MLS club that has been, uh, not that fashionable for a while.

Higuita pushes through poor preseason to play pivotal role for Orlando City |
When Cristian Higuita walked into Orlando City SC’s preseason training camp earlier this year, head coach Jason Kreis said the 24-year-old Colombian midfielder didn’t arrive fully committed. Out of shape and lacking motivation, Higuita had his work cut out for most of the preseason and early stages of the 2018 campaign.

Seattle Sounders celebrate road win with "Jingle Bells" singalong |
The Seattle Sounders captured their first road win of the 2018 season on Wednesday, a 2-1 victory over Toronto FC, and they celebrated in typical fashion: By singing "Jingle Bells."

Garde on Fernando Torres to Impact rumors: "You need to forget about him" |
Fernando Torres appears to be a hot property to a number of MLS teams, and with speculation mounting over which team could sign the Spanish striker, one team put cold water on ties linking them to the Atletico Madrid man.

Warshaw: How Chicago Fire rookie Mo Adams shut down Ignacio Piatti |
On Wednesday night, the Chicago Fire defeated the Impact in Bridgeview, 1-0 after defender Kevin Ellis scored a late winner. The most interesting part of the game, though? The Fire did the same calculations as you and I.

Seltzer: The most sensible MLS landing pads for Andres Iniesta |
Even though recent reports suggest that Barcelona summer freebie Andres Iniesta is weighing offers from the Far East, he's also been linked with interest from MLS for a while now. The silver-hording midfielder may be out of play soon, as Spain's Cadena Ser reported earlier this week that he turned down crazy money in China to sign for crazier money with Japanese side Vissel Kobe. (It's worth noting, however, that Vissel Kobe's director has denied they made a $30M per year offer.)

Seltzer: The five most improved MLS teams in 2018 |
Now that the 2018 MLS regular season has passed the quarter-pole, we've done a check on which clubs have improved their results the most over last year. The gulf between conferences that was discussed so often last season only seems to be getting wider, as all but one of these most improved teams can be found near the top of the East.


Dash acquire Allysha Chapman in exchange for 2019 first-round pick
The Houston Dash have acquired defender Allysha Chapman and two second-round 2019 NWSL College Draft picks from the North Carolina Courage in exchange for their 2019 natural first-round pick, the teams announced Wednesday.

United States

Setting the Table: Week 10 — American Soccer Analysis
Welcome to Setting the Table, where each week we take some time to focus on the best chance creators in MLS from the last weekend. If you want to see the best chances that were wasted, check out Lowered Expectations. Here we focus on chances that ended with the ball in the back of the net.

Ethan Horvath, Kenny Saief feature in Belgian Pro League play-offs - Stars and Stripes FC
Goalkeeper Ethan Horvath made his first appearance since October, playing 90 minutes in Club Brugge’s come from behind 3-1 victory over Charleroi at the Stade du Pays de Charleroi. Kaveh Rezaei converted a penalty in the 18th minute, but Brugge received three second-half goals from Ruud Vormer, Hans Vanaken, and Jele Vossen to claim three points.


Liverpool's Mohamed Salah named player of season players' player of season at team awards dinner
Mohamed Salah is proud to have proven naysayers wrong after his stunning return to the Premier League has seen him break records and collect a number of player of the year awards this season.

Gianluigi Buffon: Juventus keeper charged over Michael Oliver comments - BBC Sport
Juventus' Gianluigi Buffon has been charged by Uefa over comments about referee Michael Oliver after their Champions League defeat by Real Madrid. Buffon was sent off for dissent after Oliver awarded Real a late penalty, which they scored to go through.

Xabi Prieto: Picture of Real Sociedad legend will replace club crest for Leganes game - BBC Sport
Real Sociedad will replace the team crest on their shirts with the face of outgoing club legend Xabi Prieto for Saturday's home game against Leganes. Prieto, 34, is retiring from football at the end of the season after spending his whole career with the La Liga club.