The week between games is nearly up as the FIFA international break is here.
// FC Dallas //
Here is a little peak into training as FCD is working this week without a few players who are off on international duty.
// MLS //
Montreal did a complete turnaround in the final third of the season once Frank Klopas stepped down and Mark Biello took over. Getting that Drogba guy to come in also helped but this team looked more dangerous with each passing week.
Vancouver has been doing well with their roster building these last couple years and retaining a player like Matias Laba is a prime example of how to do something right. Quality young player that is now very comfortable in MLS. Good move there.
Another smart player deal for a team fresh into their offseason.
This is a rather lengthy piece on some Jamaican players on the Red Bulls and what it has meant to the club over the last year or so.
There are some pretty obvious choices for this list when you think back in the 20 year history of this league. Sadly, FCD/Dallas Burn got a couple on here. The most recent bad year is still fairly fresh in my mind but thankfully Oscar Pareja has done a good job of making me forget it.
Some very interesting nuggets inside this piece from Grant Wahl. LA spent all of their Target Allocation Money (TAM) on retaining Omar Gonzalez this year, while picking up Gio Dos Santos. Now they're faced with what to do moving forward as he still has a large contract.
I would imagine the first legs of each series will be rather dull but the second legs will have the energy turned up a ton.
// USMNT //
The road to Russia begins in St. Louis for the US.
There is no doubt in my mind that Jurgen Klinsmann has something weird in store for us this week. We know he's likely going to play someone out of position.