The summer months are in the books as we enter September.
// FC Dallas //
For a while it was a struggle for young South American players to earn international call ups while playing in MLS (see Freddy Montero), but maybe Fabian Castillo is about to change that for the better.
Three straight losses nearly sent FCD into a tailspin as the final months of the season approached. But a win does cure a lot of things. I will also say it happened on a busy weekend in the league so not many cared to notice either. I happen to like it when this team flies under the radar a bit.
// MLS //
There were plenty of plays worth reviewing again from this past week. From penalties in lots of games to other bad calls.
From inconsistent players (see Dominic Oduro) to just poor tactics (see the last couple of months), it wasn't that big of a shock to see Montreal make a coaching change. I think to some, the shock was that it took them this long to do it.
It doesn't seem that long ago that Jesse Marsch took over after the club fired Mike Petke, but boy are the Red Bulls a fun team to watch right now.
The concept is the same (big fish in the water about to eat something), but the characters in the tifo are different. Both are still pretty damn amazing tifos though.
Plenty of interesting thoughts for the US team that will play some big friendlies in the coming week.
This link may still be under a paywall but it is worth the discussion nonetheless. NASL was given some new guidelines to follow in order to be a D1 in the US, which they have apparently applied to be. USSF upped some minimums and now the NASL is crying all about it.
I'm not really holding my breath that FIFA will change any time soon.