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Around the Forest: Rose City Riveters Capo Hailey Kilgore up for Tony Award

Also: The Lee Nguyen saga is over, the injury bug has hit several teams, Champions League news and more!


Rose City Riveters capo and Thorns FC fan Hailey Kilgore nominated for Tony Award | Portland Timbers
Kilgore's path to New York is out of a fairytale. As a teen, she learned to fiercely capo Thorns FC chants at Providence Park. For Once On This Island, a 1990 musical fairy tale set in the French Antilles archipelago, Kilgore was discovered by a YouTube video of her singing that led to her audition in New York. The audition landed her the part of Ti Moune, a young girl who bridges social classes on the island through love.

Major League Soccer

Two FC Dallas academy products set for training stint with Bayern Munich |
FC Dallas has announced Homegrown Player defender Chris Richards and academy midfielder Thomas Roberts will visit Bayern Munich for a 10-day training stint beginning April 30 as part of the partnership between Dallas and the Bundesliga giants sealed this February.

Garde: With Mancosu hurt, Jackon-Hamel Oduro "not good enough" in training |
Remi Garde at his press conference explained on Tuesday why he has not been using several Montreal Impact players, including striker Matteo Mancosu and midfielder Raheem Edwards. After explaining Mancosu was not available due to injury, he revealed why forwards Anthony Jackson-Hamel and Dominic Oduro weren't considered to take the Italian's spot.

Are the 2018 New England Revolution Good at Soccer? - The Bent Musket
The New England Revolution are in fourth place in the Eastern Conference, with a 4W-2L-2D record for 14 points and their 8 goals allowed in second in the league. The Revs also have claimed four points on the road, almost all the way to the entire six point road campaign the Revs had in 2017. These are good things.

Warshaw: Toronto FC have questions to answer after crushing CCL final loss |
We’ve now had a week to digest the 2018 Concacaf Champions League final. Last Wednesday, Toronto FC came close to securing Major League Soccer’s first CCL crown but ultimately fell in penalties. In the moment, it didn’t feel right to consider what it meant for Toronto. Sometimes moments deserve more than analysis; they are meant to be felt and appreciated.

LA Galaxy defender Rolf Feltscher undergoes successful surgery | LA Galaxy
LA Galaxy defender Rolf Feltscher has undergone successful pectoralis major tendon repair to his right shoulder at the Kerlan-Jobe Institute at Cedars-Sinai in Santa Monica, the club announced today. Feltscher is expected to miss four months.

Sporting KC's Felipe Gutierrez has sports hernia surgery, out 2-3 months |
Sporting Kansas City has announced that midfielder Felipe Gutierrez underwent successful sports hernia surgery on Tuesday and will be sidelined for two to three months, dealing a blow to the club's bright start to the season.

LAFC Forward Marco Ureña To Undergo Surgery | Los Angeles Football Club
The Los Angeles Football Club announced today that Marco Ureña will undergo surgery on Friday to repair facial fractures. Ureña will be re-evaluated in four weeks. Ureña suffered the injury following a collision in the first half of the Club’s 1-0 win over the Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday evening in the Inaugural match at Banc of California Stadium.

MLS Power Rankings: Atlanta United's reign of MLS continues |
Here are this weeks MLS Power Rankings according to Portland stay's steady at #12 because of the bye week.

LAFC acquire Lee Nguyen from New England Revolution in blockbuster trade |
The Primary Transfer Window came to a blockbuster close, with New England Revolution playmaker Lee Nguyen heading to LAFC for at least $350,000 in General Allocation Money and $350,000 in Targeted Allocation Money. The Revolution could ultimately receive $950,000 in allocation money as well as LAFC's natural first-round pick in 2019 or 2020 MLS SuperDraft.

United States

Lowered Expectations: Week 8 — American Soccer Analysis
Welcome to Lowered Expectations, the week seven edition! Each week, we go about posting chalkboards and GIFs of the weekend’s best open-play shot attempts that did not quite live up to expectations. We look at each one and not only evaluate the results, but also the process that led to them.

The SBI View: Rocco Commisso offers few new ideas, fewer details with new proposal | SBI Soccer
Rocco Commisso has some good ideas. He wants to eliminate perceived conflicts of interest throughout America soccer. He wants to provide opportunities for lower league clubs with less financial clout so they can one day compete with the millionaires that run MLS. He wants to introduce competitive bidding for television rights, rather than funneling them all through Soccer United Marketing.


Bayern Munich goalkeeper Ulreich apologises for horror Champions League gaffe |
Sven Ulreich has apologised for the error that cost Bayern Munich a place in the Champions League final, as they were defeated 4-3 on aggregate by Real Madrid. Ulreich made a bizarre mistake in the second half, as he attempted to collect Corentin Tolisso's back pass, only to seemingly realise that he was unable to use his hands. The back-up to No.1 Manuel Neuer subsequently slipped, allowing Karim Benzema to score his second goal on the night.

Roma vs Liverpool: Champions League win would make Salah a Liverpool legend, says Jamie Carragher |
Jamie Carragher is smiling as he looks forward to Liverpool’s Champions League semi-final, second leg in Rome. Behind the smile, though, there is something else. One per cent, 5%, 10%; whatever it is, it’s there. That tiny, lingering doubt.

Stoke City grant Jese Rodriguez unpaid leave through end of loan
Stoke City gave Jese Rodriguez compassionate leave until the end of the season, effectively ending his season-long loan from Paris Saint-Germain. The Premier League club have confirmed the Spaniard, who had been excluded from the first-team squad in recent weeks, will not play for the club again.