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Around the Forest: Wayne Rooney gets closer to signing with D.C. United

Also: Samuel Armenteros gets more honors, Orlando City SC coming down hard, Mauricio Pochettino talks Real Madrid and more!

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Timbers forward Samuel Armenteros on EA SPORTS FIFA 18 Team of the Week (Wk 37) | Portland Timbers
The accolades keep rolling in for Portland Timbers forward Samuel Armenteros. After his brace, MLS Team of the Week honor and MLS Goal of the Week nomination from the team's 3-2 win over the Colorado Rapids last week, Armenteros joined the LA Galaxy's Romain Alessendrini and Vancouver Whitecaps FC's Cristian Techera on EA SPORTS FIFA 18's Team of the Week.

Major League Soccer

Wayne Rooney in advanced talks with MLS side DC United | Football News | Sky Sports
It is understood that more than a month of negotiations between Rooney's agent Paul Stretford, DC United and Everton could be concluded, paving the way for the 32-year old to end his 16-year stint in the Premier League and sign a two-year, £3.8m-a-year deal.

Orlando City SC Suspends Atlanta United FC Supporter Groups' Privileges | Orlando City Soccer Club
Orlando City SC has suspended the organized supporter groups' privileges of Atlanta United FC for the next three matches between the clubs at Orlando City Stadium. This is a result of unaddressed misconduct from members of the traveling Atlanta United supporter groups following the May 13 match at Orlando City Stadium.

Atlanta United responds to Orlando City Stadium ban - Dirty South Soccer
Orlando City SC announced today that the club is suspending Atlanta United’s organized supporters group privileges for the next three matches the teams will play in Orlando City Stadium. On its website, Orlando City says the reason for the sanctions is “a result of unaddressed misconduct” as it relates to five Atlanta United supporters reported by Orlando City SC.

Houston Dynamo sign defender Conor Donovan from USL affiliate RGVFC |
The Houston Dynamo bolstered their defensive corps on Thursday, signing center back Conor Donovan from their USL affiliate Rio Grande Valley FC. Donovan, 22, has played every minute of every game for RGVFC through their first 10 games of the USL season, with Los Toros unbeaten in their last six matches dating back to April 25, with four clean sheets in that span.

Vieira praises predecessor Kreis' work ahead of latest Orlando-NYCFC clash |
“I think we are good and we’re always going to be good,” Vieira said after NYCFC training Wednesday. “I think we are two professional people who need to win football matches because this is our job. Sometimes, yes, there is pressure because you want to win, but I think we never crossed the line. It’s all about the respect that I have for him.”

Stejskal: After excruciating recovery, Gaston Sauro returns for Crew SC |
There were plenty of times during his seemingly interminable recovery that Gaston Sauro thought he’d never again be able to do what he loves. Doctors only gave the Columbus Crew SC defender a 50-50 shot of ever returning to the field as he prepared to go under the knife last spring for an experimental surgery that they hoped would repair a torn PCL and damaged cartilage in his left knee.

RJ Allen looking forward to "emotional" return to NYCFC with Orlando City |
On the heels of a three-game losing streak, Orlando City face another big test this weekend when they visit New York City FC on Saturday at Yankee Stadium. But for defender RJ Allen, going back to New York – right next to where he was born and raised in New Jersey and where he played professionally for three seasons – will be an emotional one.

Armchair Analyst: Your complete guide to the Week 14 MLS slate |
Welcome to the first weekend of June, which doubles as the first weekend in which the full cadre of World Cup call-ups will be away from their MLS teams. Things have a chance of becoming very MLS-y.

United States

Lowered Expectations: Week 13 — American Soccer Analysis
Welcome to Lowered Expectations, the week thirteen edition! Each week, we go about posting chalkboards and GIFs of the weekend’s best open-play shot attempts which did not quite live up to expectations (and rarely do we update this paragraph). We look at each one and not only evaluate the results, but also the process leading to them.

Setting the Table: Week 13 — American Soccer Analysis
Welcome to Setting the Table. 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.


Zinedine Zidane took the correct decision to leave Real Madrid Fabio Capello
Two-time former Real Madrid coach Fabio Capello has said Zinedine Zidane was right to leave on his own terms, as president Florentino Perez had come close to sacking him anyway.

Chelsea target Maurizio Sarri's €8m release clause from Napoli contract expires
Chelsea's hopes of swiftly appointing Maurizio Sarri as Antonio Conte's successor have been affected after allowing the deadline governing the €8 million release clause in the Italian's contract at Napoli to expire on Thursday.

Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino: 'When Real Madrid call, you have to listen'
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that he would listen to an offer from Real Madrid about the new vacancy at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, while saying no such call has yet arrived and he remains happy and committed to his current job at the Premier League club.