We inch closer towards a holiday and another game this weekend.
// FC Dallas //
Now that everyone is back in town, the FCD digital crew take one final look at Sunday's game.
Yeah, for now they are. Hopefully the tide can shift back to the good guys this weekend.
// MLS //
That Fabian Castillo stat at the bottom. Daaaang. That is some deep stat hunting right there. Basically, we need Fabian to dribble a lot more on Sunday.
This is fascinating stuff for those that always want to talk salaries and what not with MLS. Some of this may really help show what players actually make compared to what the Players' Union reveals each time.
Extra games, more eyeballs on the teams, intense games all make for good business. The four conference finalists are finding out just what it means to get this far into the post season.
The Leeds United youngster is returning to the states to deal with some family issues and to sign with MLS. I would imagine he'll end up somewhere in the Eastern Conference given his Ohio ties.
I'm sure Portland fans would argue that headline but given that if the current state of things remains true after this Sunday, Columbus would host the Timbers.
How well have teams done in previous expansion drafts? Our Atlanta friends take a look at this as they wait to see what is going to happen with that draft. There are some interesting figures around this one with how teams either kept players or immediately traded them away for other stuff.
You have to give the Sporting KC owners some serious credit here for going out of their way to get the naming rights of their stadium to a local charity. Not many would do such a thing.
Speaking of Sporting KC, their head coach is starting to get some attention overseas. I really hope he lasts in MLS a couple more years and eventually takes over the national team job from Jurgen. Yep, I said it.