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Around MLS: Cristiano Ronaldo and Daniele De Rossi to MLS, international callups, and more

We talk Ronaldo and De Rossi to MLS, MLS players called up for international friendlies, a lackluster weekend of MLS action, and more.

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After three weeks of MLS action, FC Dallas is the only perfect team left. FCD is 3-0-0 and flying high at the moment. Everyone is talking about the Hoops. But, what else is happening around MLS? Let's take a look.

Transfer rumors


Cristiano Ronaldo to snub European giants for a move to MLS? It's possible. Ronaldo could favor a move to MLS over clubs like Manchester United when his contract at Real Madrid expires in 2018.

The 30-year-old Portuguese superstar might make a game-changing move to MLS. Sports Illustrated cites multiple sources in a report that says Ronaldo is considering a move stateside.

Ronaldo would be 33 years of age when his contract at Real Madrid expires in 2018. That's younger than Steven Gerrard, 34, and Frank Lampard, 36, who will be joining MLS in the summer. This would be the biggest signing in MLS history. Even bigger than David Beckham joining Los Angeles Galaxy.

Will it happen? I actually think so. With new expansion club Los Angeles FC (working name) coming into the fold in 2017, Ronaldo will be their top target in 2018. Why wouldn't he join them? It's very appealing to help a new club grow. Plus, you know, he would live in LA and make a lot of money. Or he could join his buddy Beckham in Miami if they ever get their crap together.

De Rossi

Italian international Daniele De Rossi is being linked to MLS.

Italy teammate Sebastian Giovinco made the switch from Juventus to Toronto FC just a few months ago. Now, 31-year-old Roma midfielder De Rossi is considering a move to the states as well.

De Rossi is currently under contract until the end of the 2015-2016 season. I don't imagine anyone splurging the cash to get him now. If he does make the move to MLS, it will after his contract expires.

Of course big names like Toronto, Orlando City SC, and New York City FC are being thrown around as potential landing spots.

MLS players called up

So, we know FC Dallas players Kyle Bekker (Canada), Atiba Harris (Saint Kitts and Nevis), Moises Hernandez (Guatemala), Blas Perez (Panama), and Je-Vaughn Watson (Jamaica) were called up to represent their respective countries. Here's a running list of all the other MLSers who were called up for the March international friendlies. Orlando City SC leads the way with seven leaving for international duty.

Lackluster weekend

There was only 10 goals in eight games over the weekend. Three of those games were scoreless draws. Yeah, it was a boring weekend in MLS.

New England vs Montreal Impact, Colorado Rapids vs NYCFC, and Sporting Kansas City vs Portland Timbers all ended in scoreless draws. Cue your annoying soccer-hating friend rolling his eyes and complaining about wanting more goals.

Orlando vs Vancouver Whitecaps would have ended in a scoreless draw if it wasn't for Octavio Rivero's 96th minute game-winning goal.

FCD took care of business in Philadelphia as we all know.

Robbie Keane shredded Houston Dynamo's defense, scoring very early in the game. Everyone, including me, assumed LA would end up winning this one 3-0 or 4-0. But, Houston pulled out a draw when Robbie Rogers left Nathan Sturgis all alone.

New York Red Bulls dismantled D.C. United in their home opener, and suddenly DCU doesn't seem like the team they were last year. However, they were missing some key players.

Lastly, San Jose Earthquakes outplayed Chicago Fire in every aspect of the game in their home opener. It was basically Harry Shipp vs San Jose. Shipp needs help in Chicago. Oh, and San Jose's new stadium is awesome.

Team of the Week (Wk 3)

Bradley Wright-Phillips was the Player of the Week.

Fabian Castillo is named to the Team of the Week again for FC Dallas.