Welcome back to Around the Forest! Each week, we like to put together some of the coolest stories about the Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns FC. We even like to throw some other MLS and NWSL stories in there too. This week, we have Fulton County election director Richard Barron talking about his infamous Timbers lanyard, Lindsey Horan talking about her journey to professional soccer, and Crystal Dunn on the ‘Bigger Than The Game’ Election Rally.’
Timbers and Thorns
Let’s start with everyone’s favorite election director, Richard Barron. As you undoubtedly know, there was an election going on this week, and Barron was center stage in Atlanta rocking a Timbers lanyard. Jeff Rueter of The Athletic talked to Barron to hear his story. You can read it here (subscription required).
Next, Lindsey Horan was on the Concacaf Futbol Talks podcast to talk about being neighbors with Esse Baharmast and working towards her dream of playing professional soccer. You can watch the video here.
Finally, Crystal Dunn joined the ‘Bigger Than The Game Election Rally’ to talk about the election, her advocacy, and more. You can watch it here.
MLS and NWSL
Audi 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs: Match schedule, dates, times and TV — MLS
Decision Day: What’s at stake in the final week of the regular season — MLS
Doyle: What I’m keeping an eye on for Decision Day — MLS
Christian Pulisic to miss Chelsea match with hamstring injury: Can he make USMNT return? — MLS
Nedum Onuoha to retire following MLS season — RSL Soapbox
Reno 1868 abruptly folds, despite solid results in development and on the field — The Athletic
Seattle Sounders, head coach Brian Schmetzer yet to reach contract agreement for next season — MLS
In Franco Escobar, Atlanta United faces a new conundrum with a key defender — The Athletic
Ex-Sounder Henry Wingo experiencing the rewards of challenging himself in Norway — The Athletic
USMNT’s Gregg Berhalter has long-term plan for MLS call-ups with eye toward 2021 — MLS
Rapinoe, Lloyd, Press among unprotected players for Louisville’s NWSL Expansion Draft — Sports Illustrated
The Racing Louisville NWSL expansion draft preview — All for XI
Anything that we missed? Let us know below!