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Around the Forest: Klingenberg on maintaining hope, Merritt Paulson on the future of sports, and more

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Some of the biggest news about the Timbers, the Thorns, and the leagues they play in.

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Welcome back to Around the Forest! Every week, we’ll round up the best articles to read, videos to watch, and podcasts to listen to about the Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns. We even throw in some general MLS and NWSL reads, just for fun. This week, we’ve got Meghan Klingenberg on Men in Blazers, Merritt Paulson on the future of sports, and a profile of Timbers assistant coach Carlos Llamosa.

Timbers and Thorns

Meghan Klingenberg made an appearance on Men in Blazers on Wednesday, talking most pointedly about the difficulties of 2020 and how she finds hope in the word. You can find the whole conversation here.

Merritt Paulson spoke to the Portland Business Journal about the future of the sports industry and how the Timbers and Thorns have pressed on. The link to the video can be found here.

And finally, not every Timbers fan may know Carlos Llamosa’s name, but everyone absolutely should read his story from janitor to USMNT defender. Full story here.

MLS and NWSL

How MLS and its clubs are getting creative in order to sell more players abroad — The Athletic

Armchair Analyst: Grading all 26 teams at the 2020 season midway point — MLS

RSL signs Noah Powder and Andrew Brody for 2021 season — MLS

Midseason awards: Who could take home MLS honors in 2020? — MLS

Top 5 surprises in the MLS season so far — MLS

The Royal Watch: On Craig Harrington and the mishandling of communication from the club — RSL Soap Box

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