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Around the Forest: Zinedine Zidane in talks with David Beckham and Inter Miami

Also: We check in with the playoff race; FIFA 19 release party; LAFC’s unique approach to their academy and more!

MLS: MLS All-Star-Joint Team Press Conference Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

Portland

#StatMan Three | Jorge Villafaña delivered his first assist since returning to Timbers | Portland Timbers

Minnesota United Vs Portland Timbers: 3 things we learned - Goals, goals, goals
Minnesota United hung on to beat the Portland Timbers on Saturday evening and keep their playoff hopes alive. Here are three things we learned.

Major League Soccer

Sounders at LA Galaxy, recap: Blown opportunity to move up standings - Sounder At Heart
Zlatan, Ola Kamara and Emmanuel Boateng take advantage of defensive errors.

Our City: I’ve Renewed My Orlando City Season Tickets But... - The Mane Land
The 2018 season has been the worst in Orlando City’s history, leaving some longtime supporters and season ticket holders heading for the exits in 2019. Why does that matter and what does that mean?

RSL vs Atlanta: What we learned - RSL Soapbox
Tough match against a strong team

Red Bulls win comes at a price - Once A Metro
The New York Red Bulls defeat Toronto FC and a booking for BWP has him suspended.

Zinedine Zidane holds preliminary talks with David Beckham as England legend's MLS plans take shape - Irish Mirror Online
Beckham is determined to turn his MLS franchise, Inter Miami FC, into an American powerhouse

Bello plays well in first Atlanta United start
Looking more like he was 26 years old than 16, Douglasville’s George Bello became the eighth y...

Red Line Report: Checking in on the MLS Playoff Race - Sounder At Heart
Atlanta locks down a first-round bye.

Novel approach to youth academy paying dividends for LAFC - Los Angeles Times
LAFC's academy has about 90 players now, relatively small compared to other MLS teams' development programs. Keeping the focus on fewer teams and fewer players has paid dividends: The under-13 and under-14 teams are rated best in the U.S. and their teams have collected two major trophies already.

United Soccer League

FC Cincinnati celebrates conference title after come-from-behind 2-1 win over Penn FC - WCPO Cincinnati, OH
FC Cincinnati players celebrated; Saturday night, but coach Alan Koch reminded them that there is more work to be done.

United States National Team

Top 5 players who chose not to play for the USMNT - Stars and Stripes FC
Which players did the USMNT miss the most?

Ranking the Top 20 USMNT international club jerseys - Stars and Stripes FC
Which American players have club jerseys that are a must-add to the collection?

FIFA 19

Kevin De Bruyne plays FIFA 19 with F2, Calfreezy and ChrisMD! - YouTube

World Soccer

Holt Hogan! Former Premier League striker Grant Holt wins 40-man Royal Rumble on wrestling debut | Goal.com
Grant Holt was once accustomed to grappling with Premier League defenders, but he is now a wrestling star in the making after emerging victorious in a 40-man Royal Rumble.

Record-breaking Jorginho the beating heart of Chelsea’s mangled midfield | Barney Ronay | Football | The Guardian
Maurizio Sarri’s linchpin saw a prodigious amount of the ball at West Ham yet was most effective in blunting his Chelsea team-mate N’Golo Kanté

EPL news: Arsenal v Everton, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang offside goal, linesman celebrates | Fox Sports
WELL that’s not a good look.

Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka struck by bottle vs. Newcastle
Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka was struck by a bottle thrown by visiting fans as his side drew with Newcastle 0-0 in the Premier League.

Real Madrid's Marco Asensio: I was not offered No. 7 when Cristiano Ronaldo left
Marco Asensio says he was never given the option to assume No. 7 in the Real Madrid squad after it was vacated by Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer.