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Around the Forest: Who would be a better choice for USMNT manager Jesse Marsch or Gregg Berhalter?

Also: Quotes from last nights Timbers/San Jose match up, just how good is Josef Martinez, Sounders off to a rough start and more!

MLS: New York Red Bulls at Atlanta United FC Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports


U.S. Open Cup Quotes & Notes | Portland Timbers FC 2, San Jose Earthquakes 0 | June 6, 2018 | Portland Timbers
“I was very pleased with the performance all around from everyone who stepped on the field and they got the job done. We knew it was going to be a tough game. They had a lot of starters. They had a lot of players, important players, and we knew we had to battle.

Major League Soccer

US Open Cup 2018 - Fourth Round Tracker |
Here are the recap and highlights of the 4th Round of the U.S. Open Cup.

Chicago beats Columbus in USOC penalty thriller Red Bulls bounce NYCFC
The Chicago Fire won a penalty-shootout thriller against the Columbus Crew SC to advance from the round of 32 in the U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday night, after the match ended 2-2.

Seattle Sounders owner Adrian Hanauer discusses poor start, club image |
In a story published Tuesday evening, Seattle Sounders owner Adrian Hanauer tells the Seattle Times he is "very concerned" not only with the team's 2-7-2 start and acute offensive struggles, but also with chatter that the front office hasn't tried hard enough to improve the side.

Josef Martinez is all-time leader in some impressive goal-scoring metrics |
You might already know Atlanta United striker Josef Martinez became the quickest player in MLS history to record his fifth hat trick, doing so in his 34th MLS game in the Five Stripes' 3-1 win Saturday night over the Philadelphia Union.

Lamar Hunt US Open Cup 5th-round ties revealed |
After 13 MLS sides emerged victorious from the 4th round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup on Tuesday and Wednesday, the fixtures for the 5th round were drawn Thursday. Here are the matchups, set tentatively for Wednesday, June 20:

Notes and quotes from the Philadelphia Union's closed-door town hall meeting | PhillyVoice
he Philadelphia Union held a closed-door town hall meeting for season ticket holders on Thursday night. Media was barred from the event, but PhillyVoice obtained audio of the meeting, which lasted a little more than two hours.

United States

Would Jesse Marsch or Gregg Berhalter be a better choice for next US coach? |
The US men’s national team now has a general manager in place, representing the first concrete step towards hiring a new coach. U.S. Soccer isn't about to rush the coaching hire – Earnie Stewart will start his new role as GM on Aug. 1 – and needless to say, it's an important one.

Where the Ball Was Won: Using Passing Data as an Indicator of Defensive Pressure Points — American Soccer Analysis
I’m a die-hard San Jose Earthquakes fan. Please don’t leave yet. In case you aren’t paying attention to MLS much this year, the Quakes have been…underperforming, even by their less-than-lofty standards. I was preparing data for an article about the Quakes troubles with defending the opposition Zone 14 (or are you #TeamZone5?) discussing why they have given up a league-high six goals from there so far this season, when – as you may be aware – Matt Doyle and Bobby Warshaw publicly blasted the Quakes for the very same issue on May 27.


Eden Hazard will support Egypt at World Cup for Mohamed Salah
Eden Hazard has said he will support Egypt in the World Cup because of his friendship with Mohamed Salah, while the Liverpool' forward's agent has dismissed reports linking him to Barcelona.

Australian government joins UK in state boycott of World Cup in Russia
The government of Australia is steering clear of the World Cup, deciding against sending an official delegation to the tournament hosted in Russia. The fraught and frosty relationship between the two nations, at opposite ends of the geopolitical spectrum, means Australia effectively joins the United Kingdom in a state boycott of the tournament.

Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Ronaldo makes 'irreversible decision' to leave Real Madrid |
Promises are said to have been broken by Los Blancos towards the Ballon d'Or winner, who helped the club win a third successive Champions League trophy last month. Paris Saint-Germain are a possible destination for the attacker, who could also go to England or Italy.