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Around the Forest: Luciano Acosta’s rumored PSG deal falls through

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Also: Nashville will play first season in Nissan Stadium; Red Bulls reveal new kit; Former Timbers captain Liam Ridgewell signs with Hull CIty and more!

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Timbers

Timbers midfielder Cristhian Paredes discusses factors that led him to lose starting spot in 2018 | oregonlive.com
Cristhian Paredes appeared in the Portland Timbers' first 14 matches of 2018, making 13 starts. He then mysteriously disappeared from the lineup. This week, Paredes talked about the factors that led him to drop out of contention for a starting spot last year.

Former Portland Timbers captain Liam Ridgewell signs with Hull City | oregonlive.com
Former Portland Timbers captain Liam Ridgewell has signed with English Football League Championship side Hull City.

The hidden skill that makes Andrés Flores stand out | Portland Timbers

Major League Soccer

Nashville MLS team to open play in 2020 at Nissan Stadium
Nashville's MLS team has received final confirmation that it will open play in the 2020 season. The club will play its first year at Nissan Stadium.

Junior Moreno keeps close watch on his native Venezuela from D.C. United camp - The Washington Post
The midfielder is keeping tabs on the tense situation in his native country.

New York City FC: Can Alexandru Mitrita lead the way?
As New York City FC enter 2019, they will have to adjust to life without David Villa. But have they found their goal-scoring answer in Alexandru Mitrita?

Orlando City turns focus to attacking, defensive principles during second week of preseason camp | Pro Soccer USA
Orlando City’s first closed-door scrimmage against MLS competition is Saturday. The Lions will take on the New York Red Bulls.

Peter Vermes talks Sporting KC’s new additions and how he evaluates trades – The Athletic ($)
Ahead of a jam-packed 2019 campaign, Sporting KC's manager sits down with Paul Tenorio.

Details emerge on Luciano Acosta’s failed transfer from D.C. United to PSG – The Athletic ($)
An intermediary and a multimillion dollar difference in valuation led to the death of what would have been a shocking transfer.

Why Selling Young Academy Products is Good for the Growth of American Soccer | FC Dallas

Vermes and His Uncanny Ability to “Win” Trades - The Blue Testament
Peter Vermes has a knack for ending up being the "winner" in trades, here’s some of Vermes’ best trades.

New York Red Bulls reveal "Glitch Kit" ahead of 2019 season | MLSsoccer.com

Entering year two of a new era, D.C. United hopes to maintain momentum – The Athletic ($)
MLS Cup is on the mind of Wayne Rooney and Co. as United begins preparing for the 2019 season.

World Football

El Clasico: Barcelona And Real Madrid To Meet In Copa Del Rey Semi-Finals
El Clasico comes to Copa del Rey as Barcelona and Real Madrid will face each other in the semi-finals

Sarri pleads for patience time amid talk of Chelsea crisis
Maurizio Sarri said he needs time to "change the mentality" at Chelsea before he can make his style of football a success.

Pochettino performs Janssen U-turn and confirms striker is now in Tottenham's plans
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said Vincent Janssen is now part of his plans after previously ruling out a return for striker.