The MLS offseason began with some trades yesterday.
// FC Dallas //
No real shocker here with the club's awards for the season. Both Matt Hedges and Fabian Castillo pick up the team's MVP for the season. Hedges got the Defensive side while Castillo was the Team MVP. Both were on the MLS Best XI.
// MLS //
This may be the best piece to start the morning out with. MLS loves to talk about diversity on the field but in the front office it is a totally different story.
Such a shame all the way through with this but I can't say I am shocked by any of it.
Someone asked me yesterday following my post on the league expanding to 28 teams if I thought MLS would add one more Canadian team, my quick reply was no. Here is more of an explanation as to why I feel that way as our Canadian friends to the north explain it in more detail than I probably could.
The Philadelphia Union were very active on the league's first trade window of the offseason. Matt Doyle breaks down one move that they had with Houston yesterday that saw the Union load up on allocation and draft picks.
Our Union pals check in with their thoughts on all of the moves. Basically they know it may be another long year in 2016.
DCU was also busy yesterday by sending oft-injured forward Chris Pontius to Philly while picking up Lamar Neagle from Seattle. Out of the two deals, I think all three sides got a fair shake. I like the Neagle move for DCU as they needed to get younger in their attack.
Here is a look at a former academy player that didn't get the chance with his MLS or USL side up in New York last year but was able to go not only around the country with another USL side but across the globe with some other teams.
The joys of winning a Cup but in all seriousness, the fact that Cup winners have to immediately make roster decisions kind of stinks.
A little more from MLS Cup as ESPN looks at how Caleb Porter went from the guy that lost with the U-23s to a MLS Cup champ.