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Around the Forest: The Cascadia Derby turns 100

Also: Roman Torres out, LAFC signs former Hull City man, FIFA want’s a mini-World Cup and more!


Seattle vs. Portland 100
On May 13, 2018, the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers will face off for the 100th time. Jimmy Gabriel. Tony Betts. Roger Levesque. Caleb Porter. Zach Scott. Timber Jim. The Tree Chop. Rose City. Emerald City. RCTID. EBFG. Forty-three years of battles. Forty-three years of bitterness.

Major League Soccer

Orlando City midfielder Sacha Kljestan: Lions not perfect, despite win streak
Despite a recent run of success, coach Jason Kreis and the club’s players are staying grounded. The Lions (5-2-1, 16 points) will go for their sixth-consecutive win on Sunday in Orlando City Stadium against Real Salt Lake.

Warshaw: Nguyen trade gives Bob Bradley fascinating decisions – and options |
Late Wednesday night, with the close of the Primary Transfer Window looming, the New England Revolution traded midfielder Lee Nguyen to LAFC. The deal starts at $700,000 in allocation money – $350,000 in GAM and $350,000 in TAM – and could move up to $950,000 and a high SuperDraft pick if certain considerations are met.

Sam Nicholson to Colorado, Eric Miller to Minnesota as teams swap pieces |
After completing the deal just before the MLS Primary Transfer Window closed late Tuesday night, the Colorado Rapids and Minnesota United FC announced on Wednesday a trade that sends winger Sam Nicholson and an international roster spot to the Rapids in exchange for defender Eric Miller and $50,000 in General Allocation Money.

Sounders GM Garth Lagerwey says big DP signing will be coming this summer |
The MLS Primary Transfer Window has come and gone and the Seattle Sounders didn’t sign a much-anticipated new Designated Player attacker to help offset the loss of injured forward Jordan Morris. However, general manager Garth Lagerwey says that will change this summer -- and the team is geared up to drop plenty of cash on whoever that player turns out to be.

LAFC signs Norwegian forward Adama Diomande from Hull City |
LAFC continues to fortify their attack, signing 28-year-old Norwegian forward Adama Diomande from Hull City of the English Championship, the club announced Wednesday afternoon. He will occupy an international slot on LAFC’s roster pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and P-1 visa.

Roman Torres' hamstring injury might put World Cup chances in doubt |
Torres is suffering from a hamstring injury, per Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer at training on Wednesday, and the while a timetable for his return was not discussed, it sounds as though Torres' availability for Panama in the World Cup this summer could be in doubt.

United States

Interview: Phil West has a plan for the USMNT to win the World Cup - Stars and Stripes FC
When the 2018 World Cup kicks off this summer, the red, white, and blue of the American flag will not be represented by any team on the field. We all know what happened; there are probably people out there who still can’t bear to even mention that game. The thinkpieces and podcasts and reactionary quotes from coaches past are still rolling out. But in the midst of all that, Phil West has put together a book called I Believe That We Will Win: The Path to a US Men’s World Cup Victory.


FIFA proposes staging a new mini-World Cup every two years | Reuters
The tournament, known as the “Final 8”, would be the climax of a proposed global Nations League competition, part of an ambitious plan to reform international football which FIFA believes could be worth $25 billion (18.3 billion pounds) in a 12-year cycle.

Liverpool advancing to UEFA Champions League final is financial boon to LeBron James
Another one of LeBron James' investments is turning into gold, as Liverpool advanced to the UEFA Champions League final for the first time in 11 years by beating AS Roma on Wednesday by an aggregate score of 7-6.

PSG's Edinson Cavani admits he and Neymar had problems after penalty spat
Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani has admitted there was a problem with superstar teammate Neymar at the start of the season when the pair quarrelled mid-match over a penalty.