This week continues to move on through the Texas heat as FC Dallas gets set to host Portland.
// FC Dallas //
Yes, yes and yes. I don't think any of us can stress the importance of this enough. Hopefully next week during all the All-Star festivities the Hunts talk with other owners in the league that are using a USL squad to see how big of an impact it is for them. I mean just look at NY and LA and what they're getting out of their squads. I feel another article coming on about that topic.
He has battled through some injuries and some national team call ups but Craft is progressing nicely from what some coaches have told me.
Lots of FCD players on the All XI team, plus those awards the team picked up, nice. Best Style of Play award and Most Comprehensive Club, I don't even know what that second one really means but awesome.
// MLS //
One of the biggest reasons why I got into MLS when the league started up was because of players like Roy Lassiter and teams like the Tampa Bay Mutiny.
Greg Lalas recounts a lot from his time with the league as both a player and a writer.
Gil was always seen as the second coming in Salt Lake but the last year or so he has fallen off a bit. Maybe it was the change in coaching to Jeff Cassar or maybe teams have just figured this young player out. He's one of those guys that I would love to see Oscar Pareja get his hands on though.
Will this be another year that the Fire lose out on another big DP? My gut tells me they won't this time.
// Gold Cup //
Some good commentary here about how past tournaments have been for the US compared to this one.
Out of the two semifinals, this one is definitely the tougher of the two in my opinion. No disrespect to Blas Perez and Panama but I don't think Mexico should have any trouble beating them.