There's a lot to discuss. Not a whole lot of it is FC Dallas related, but the Western Conference has gotten a whole lot stronger in the last 24 hours.
Former FC Dallas trialist Sebastien LeToux is on the way to Vancouver. This move is a huge surprise and it's tough to figure out why Philadelphia would look to trade their talisman unless the potential move to Bolton that never happened soured Piotr Nowak to the Frenchman. My friends over at Texas Futgol brought up a very interesting proposition with this move, noting that Atiba Harris could likely be bought on the cheap. He certainly fits a need at right mid/forward but I think that would drive some around here crazy.
Just got traded to Vancouver ! Saddest day for me in my Philadelphia Union story.... Still can't believe it
"Me siento feliz por esta gran oportunidad. Voy con mente positiva y listo para hacer las cosas bien", afirmó el zaguero de 20 años.
Kris Boyd, the all-time SPL leading scorer for Rangers, is headed to Portland after nearly joining Houston. You really wonder what went down with this deal that forces Portland to send Houston one of their 2013 first round picks for his rights. Boyd reportedly refused to sign with Houston after visiting the city...which you can't really blame him for. If he doesn't like the heat, I look forward to the Portland at FCD game in July.
"He was born to score," Portland coach John Spencer said. "If we create chances, he's going to be the guy that's going to get on the end of them. He's just a natural born finisher."
Back to Frisco and my boy Jason Minnick has a recap of yesterday's practice
Perez displayed a strong feel for the back of the net throughout the drill, picking out the side-netting behind both posts on multiple occasions. In addition, the Panamanian setup as many goals as he finished. At one point the striker rose above a crowd of players to head the ball away from goal, directly into the path of Ricardo Villar, who struck a hard shot at the near post from the top of the area.
Something to track this afternoon is if George John starts for West Ham in their game today at Ipswich Town. This report by the BBC suggests it's possible.
Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy is suspended while Ryan Stevenson could make his debut after signing from Hearts.
West Ham welcome back Matt Taylor who has missed the last eight Hammers game but midfielder Papa Bouba Diop is out with a hamstring strain.
American George John could make his debut while Joey O'Brien returns as does Guy Demel after a thigh injury.
And if Martin Jol almost singlehandedly ushers Bobby Zamora out of Fulham, I will never forgive him.