Today is the start of a new cycle for the United States national team as they play a friendly in Portugal. We’ll dive into that later but first here are some morning links.
// FC Dallas //
2017 Workhorse of the Year - Big D Soccer
In a down year, the pickings were a bit slim for the Workhorse winner.
2017: A FC Dallas season in GIFs - Big D Soccer
Let’s not just talk about the past season, let’s watch the unfortunate events unfold in gif form.
ACADEMY: Top Five Academy-Product Performances in 2017 NCAA Season | FC Dallas
I see two players on this list that are in line for a HGP spot this offseason.
// MLS //
Not-so-free agents: This MLS rule places even more limits on league's highest-paid stars | FourFourTwo
MLS' fledgling free agency system is supposed to offer freedom of movement for veteran players. But that arcane rulebook is in the way again.
Proving ground: 5 years in, USL-MLS partnership offers rich opportunities | MLSsoccer.com
This partnership has grown over the last five years and we're starting to see some real fruit from it in MLS.
Can the Dynamo ride the Astros' title buzz in Houston to MLS Cup? - ESPN FC
Houston is riding a championship high after the Astros' World Series win. Can the Dynamo catch the wave and take it to an MLS Cup title?
Bastian Schweinsteiger 'a priority' for 2018 - Chicago Fire GM Nelson Rodriguez - ESPN FC
But should it be a priority though? He isn't getting any younger.
Homegrown American hope: The limitless future of Tyler Adams | FourFourTwo
Red Bulls' young midfielder vindicated the team's offseason choices, earning his first shot with the USMNT.
Futbol Club Cincinnati: Stadium development plan coming next week | Cincinnati.com
No plans have been finalized, but FC Cincinnati appears to be homing in on the finalization of its soccer stadium plans.
// USMNT //
1,834 Days | By Christian Pulisic | The Players Tribune
I love the passion of this kid. But not every path to success is the same and he realizes that.
Armchair Analyst: Lineup prediction & what I want to see from US @ Portugal | MLSsoccer.com
Today's friendly will be...interesting to say the least.
Rumor: USMNT interested in Northern Ireland coach Michael O’Neill - Stars and Stripes FC
Silly season continues even for the national team.
USA vs. Portugal, 2017 friendly: What to watch for - Stars and Stripes FC
The Americans will face the ultimate test when they take on the defending European champions.