I won't dwell too much in the summer friendly from last night against EPL side Aston Villa. We'll have a game recap up later this morning but that may be about it. First up however are some morning links.
// FC Dallas //
Hear what Oscar Pareja had to say about last night's friendly.
It was good to see some young guys get minutes. Having Fabian Castillo stay a little sharp was good, he had a couple dangerous runs in the first half.
// MLS //
This is very cool to see happening. I really hope a couple more of these big facilities pop up around the country.
Cool to see how Orlando City was able to pull off this move and everything in between.
A 5-1 beating at home over Chicago. I'll say this, as good as that SJ offense looked for a change, it was against the Fire...a team that has 11 draws on the season. Mediocre team beating up on another mediocre team.
Sigh. As much as I am excited for DeMarcus Beasley to be back in MLS, seeing him land in Houston was a bit of a let down. Plus he is a DP, no way on earth I would have wanted him here as a DP.
I still put it way behind Minnesota, San Antonio and Sacramento in the pecking order.
They're having a 'major player announcement' today. All signs point to them landing Frank Lampard for way too much money.
Tough break for a USMNT vet like this but it sounds like he will be hanging it all up for good.
I won't lie, this is my home town paper back in West Virginia. The guy writing this is a childhood friend that mention me in this piece. Still, I love seeing tiny towns across American discover this game and league.