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Around the Forest: FC Cincinnati rockets towards MLS competition

Also: Timmy Chandler sidelined, Sounders flirting with the playoffs, Almiron’s doesn’t need to score a ton of goals and more!

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Portland

Timbers skid a product of Savarese’s unsuccessful experiments
Portland has been experimenting with a few new tactical plans lately, but it's time for them to abandon those new ideas and get back to what works.

Timbers vow to use sudden struggles as learning tool to prep for Sounders | MLSsoccer.com

Major League Soccer

Nguyen, Rossi help LAFC beat the Rapids 2-0 – ProSoccerTalk
Lee Nguyen and Diego Rossi each scored in the second half to help Los Angeles FC beat the Colorado Rapids 2-0 on Sunday night.

Wayne Rooney: MLS teams now showing D.C. United 'more respect'
Wayne Rooney says MLS opponents have started showing D.C. United "more respect" in the weeks since he joined the club.

Red Line Report: Checking in on the MLS Playoff Race - Sounder At Heart
For a few hours the Seattle Sounders were above the Red Line and holding onto a playoff spot.

Miguel Almiron’s goals are not a necessity for Atlanta United - Dirty South Soccer
Tata Martino says the team doesn’t need a ton of goals from their No. 10.

With MLS coming to town, Cincinnati will be the smallest US market to support 3 major-league teams - Insider - Story
With FC Cincinnati joining MLS, Cincinnati is soon to become the smallest metro area in the country with three or more big-league franchises.

GM Garth Lagerwey provides insight during Season Ticket Member Celebration - Sounder At Heart
Sounders GM discusses the academy, the failed Paolo Hurtado signing, slow starts to recent seasons.

Nashville MLS stadium: Key council committee recommends disapproval of of project
A key Metro Council committee voted Monday to recommend disapproval of a pair or ordinances needed to sign off on Nashville's Major League Soccer stadium project, signaling a potentially tough road ahead for passage in the full council.

FC Cincinnati: Racing on fast-track towards MLS competition
It's just more than half a year until MLS team FC Cincinnati takes the pitch. They are racing on fast-track to ready themselves for the upcoming competition

United States

Paris Saint Germain expected to reject loan offers for Timothy Weah - Stars and Stripes FC
The 18 year old American forward is set to be part of coach Thomas Tuchel’s first team plans.

Timothy Chandler sidelined for six months following knee surgery - Stars and Stripes FC
A setback for the full-back

World

Kenedy will not be suspended due to letter of law – ProSoccerTalk
The three matches Kenedy could've missed are against Chelsea, Man City, and Arsenal.

Liga MX: Jonathan Rodriguez, Santos Laguna pushing on despite key departures | Goal.com
Several players left the reigning champion in the offseason and the manager resigned this month, but the club showed in a 3-1 win over Tigres that it can still compete

If VAR Is Good For One Thing, It's Embarrassing Gloating Fans
Few things in life are as satisfying as stunting in the face of an opposing fan after your team does something good.

La Liga returns as modest Huesca make a major impact | Sid Lowe | Football | The Guardian
Huesca are the 63rd team to make it up to primera and they marked their first game there with an historic success

La Liga's USA fixtures are a threat to fans of Arsenal, Chelsea, Spurs and the Premier League - football.london
US media company Relevent Sports has signed a 15-year partnership deal with La Liga