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Around the Forest: Zinedine Zidane returns to Real Madrid

Also: Orlando City’s center-backs working on communication; Ozzie Alonso’s path to Minnesota and more!

Real Madrid Unveil New Manager Zinedine Zidane Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Timbers/Thorns

No ceiling for young Portland Timbers striker Jeremy Ebobisse | Rising Star | MLSsoccer.com

Parsons: Depth, quality will be assets as Thorns deal with World Cup | Portland Timbers

Major League Soccer

Fire sign youngest homegrown in MLS history | Club Soccer | Youth Soccer
The Chicago Fire have signed U.S. youth national team goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina, the youngest Homegrown signing in MLS history.

FC Dallas, Galaxy Homegrowns face off in "memorable day" for academy talent | MLSsoccer.com

Orlando City centerbacks looking to improve communication | Pro Soccer USA
Orlando City center-back Shane O'Neill took responsibility for the late goal that allowed the Chicago Fire to come away with a point at SeatGeek Stadium.

Why hasn’t the Cobra struck with FC Dallas? - Big D Soccer
I expected an unstoppable force of a striker, what gives?

As the goals dry up, Atlanta United searches for its lost attacking identity – The Athletic ($)
With a disappointing home opener under a new manager, Atlanta United is dealing with its first bit of adversity as a club.

Sporting KC believe Gedion Zelalem will fill "positional need" in midfield | MLSsoccer.com

Sounders and the art of the cutback pass - Sounder At Heart
Brad Smith and Victor Rodriguez are proving to be quite the combination on the left-hand side.

Sporting KC’s Johnny Russell set to build on first MLS year | The Kansas City Star
Sporting Kansas City winger Johnny Russell was one of only 11 MLS players to score at least 10 goals and record at least 10 assists last year, his first year in KC.

Ready or not, Loudoun United raises curtain as D.C. United feeder club - The Washington Post
The newly launched second-tier club will be a valuable talent incubator, but it will play its first match Saturday with a brand-new coach, a hastily assembled roster and no set venue for its initial home matches.

Gyasi Zardes, Caleb Porter capture MLS Team of the Week honors - Massive Report
A stellar performance against the Revs gets the Crew duo some recognition.

San Jose's Matias Almeyda on 2nd straight loss: "We made many mistakes" | MLSsoccer.com

The Center of the Triangle: Ozzie Alonso’s path to Minnesota United - E Pluribus Loonum
After taking him from Cuba to Seattle, Alonso’s career has brought him here, to Minnesota.

FC Cincinnati's Kenny Saief joins the crew after ATL heroics | Extratime | MLSsoccer.com

Anatomy of a Goal: Gyasi Zardes heads home his first goal of 2019 - Massive Report
This week we look at Gyasi Zardes’ 26th minute header from a brilliant pass by Pedro Santos.

24 Thoughts: Seattle's grand CONCACAF plan, Berhalter talks MLS, and reheating goalkeeping beef
Jordan Morris' return has the Sounders thinking big, while Toronto FC has a plan to return to the playoffs and the power in Los Angeles soccer might be swinging.

Are you blacked out for D.C. United games? - Black And Red United
Some of it is our best guess

De’s Nuggets: Atlanta United needs runners, but from where? - Dirty South Soccer
Making sense of the manager’s post-game press conference after a 1-1 draw vs. FC Cincinnati

World Football

Besiktas boss says 'something is wrong' with Liverpool loanee Loris Karius
The 25-year-old was heckled and jeered by his own fans throughout the game and reports in Turkey suggest his manager would like to bench him.

Alphonso Davies is growing at his own pace at Bayern Munich - Bavarian Football Works
The Canadian winger is making every effort to break into the first team in Bavaria.

The Premier League Top-Four Race Is Now Hotter Than Hell

Zidane: “We will make changes” - Managing Madrid
The coach speaks to the press and explains why he’s back.