All eyes will be on Portland for the day and night as MLS handles their business at the All-Star game. But first we dive into some links to get the morning started.
// FC Dallas //
Here is a good look at all the HGPs in the club's history. I'm hoping to get around to an update on who could be next in line for a HGP spot down the road here sometime this week or next week.
I really do like these short interviews with the players that the club website has been doing lately. This one is all about our favorite French veteran, Peter Luccin.
Good to see some more recognition from others around the league for what Zach Loyd has been doing as of late.
// MLS //
Seriously, there is a TON in this one. From expansion, to salary cap, the upcoming CBA discussions, to international calendar switches. You could make about 10 separate articles alone with these quotes. Enjoy.
One of those nuggets our pals at SBNation's soccer hub already pulled out to discuss was about promotion and relegation. Just like I've always said, it would never happen in MLS. The league is pretty much now saying that as well.
We mentioned the price tag yesterday but here is a more in-depth look at where things stand.
I think before long it will happen again, even if it is just a one-off type thing.
Good stuff to get you ready for tonight's game in Portland here.
Want to know some projections for the remainder of the season, here is a decent start. It also talks about remaining schedule strength which we knew going into this would be tough in the final stretch for FCD, this just about confirms that with numbers.
I totally forgot that the CCL kicked off this week. Good to see that the regular season form that Montreal was carrying didn't screw things up in the CCL.
I still find it hard to believe that they haven't filled that third DP slot. It just seems bonkers for that club but they've proven that it can work this way.
I really hope we get to see plenty of Julian Green tonight in the ASG. Part of me really wants him to score for Bayern.