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Around the Forest: Former Timber Darren Mattocks has a point to prove

Also: FC Cincinnati to hold major event today, USMNT beat Bolivia, Patrick Vieira to OGC Nice and more!


#StatMan Three | Timbers extend MLS club record for win streak to six | Portland Timbers
With a brace from Samuel Armenteros and a breakaway goal from Diego Valeri, the Portland Timbers defeated the Colorado Rapids, 3-2, Saturday night at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Here are three #StatMan takeaways from #COLvPOR.

Major League Soccer

'I have a point to prove' - Mattocks targets 20 MLS goals after hot start | Sports | Jamaica Gleaner
Having enjoyed his most successful start to his Major League Soccer (MLS) career, Jamaican striker Darren Mattocks has set his sights on scoring 20 goals in the competition for his new club, DC United. Mattocks, who has been in excellent form in the competition, has scored five goals in 10 matches so far this season for the Washington-based club.

Guillermo Barros Schelotto: One day I’d like to manage in MLS |
Guillermo Barros Schelotto just can't seem to stop watching soccer. The Boca Juniors manager is vacationing in Southern California, and as Mexico faced Wales in the Rose Bowl on Monday as part of El Tri's preparations for the World Cup, he decided to take the match in.

Center backs Mark McKenzie, Auston Trusty growing before Union's eyes |
In a league that is increasingly seeing high-end international talent flooding in from abroad, Philadelphia Union head coach Jim Curtin was pleased to see the number of American players on the field on Saturday night at Red Bull Arena.

REPORT: OGC Nice to finalize deal with Vieira this week - Hudson River Blue
Despite New York City FC manager Patrick Vieira denying the rumors of advanced talks with the club, the French media continues to link the current NYCFC boss to Ligue 1 club OGC Nice. is now reporting that Nice executive director Julian Fournier is expected to fly out to New York at some point this week to finalize the deal.

FC Cincinnati to make significant soccer announcement at May 29 event |
FC Cincinnati and special guests will hold a special event on Tuesday, May 29, to make a significant announcement about the future of soccer in Cincinnati. MLS Commissioner Don Garber will be present, along with Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley, FCC majority owner Carl H. Lindner III and club President and GM Jeff Berding.

United States

Armchair Analyst: Hope and change generation inspire USMNT win |
Here is the immediate context: The US men's national team will not be going to the World Cup this summer. A series of failures – some stretching back decades, some stretching back seven years, others very immediate and contained – means that there will be no trip to Russia.

The US national team's "bat out of hell," Cle Kooiman flies toward fate |
Enforcer. Hard man. Bad boy. Mala leche, in the words of some in the Mexican media. “His nickname was Cujo,” says LA Galaxy boss Sigi Schmid, referring to the 1983 Stephen King horror novel about a demented dog.


Gareth Bale stars, no Cristiano Ronaldo in Real Madrid 2018-19 kit launch
Gareth Bale is front and centre of Real Madrid's launch of their 2018-19 kit despite suggesting he would leave the club this summer, but fellow Bernabeu malcontent Cristiano Ronaldo is nowhere to be seen in the images promoting their strip for next season.

How Liverpool beat Arsenal, Atletico and Man Utd to secret signing Fabinho |
Liverpool’s capture of Fabinho came as something of a surprise when it was announced on Monday evening. There had been rumblings of interest in the French and English media earlier in the day, but the speed at which suggestion became confirmation was rapid – pleasingly so, for many.

Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos to face no action for Loris Karius clash - UEFA
UEFA says it is taking no action against Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos for a clash with Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius in Saturday's Champions League final. A disciplinary rule which allows cases to be opened for serious misconduct not seen by the match officials "is not applied in this case," UEFA says.