This long break between playoff series really does suck a big one. But we’ll continue forward with some morning links.
// FC Dallas //
Our plea to bring Lee Nguyen home to Dallas - Big D Soccer
We want Lee back in Dallas...here is our plea to him.
Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down: Is it time to move on from Atiba Harris? - Big D Soccer
Good Guy Atiba has been a steady player but he hasn’t always been the best.
// MLS //
Freedman: As Pirlo and Kaka bow out, the new DP era in MLS is in full swing | MLSsoccer.com
Gone with the old big names and in with the younger, more up and coming names. The DP progression was bound to happen before long. I'm glad we're getting there.
Report: LAFC reportedly set to sign Uruguayan forward Diego Rossi | MLSsoccer.com
Another young DP coming into the league with an expansion team. This one would be certainly very interesting to see happen.
Montreal Impact appoint Remi Garde as new head coach | MLSsoccer.com
Montreal continues to make interesting coaching hires. I'll be curious to see how this one pans out.
Atlanta United’s Julian Gressel wins 2017 MLS Rookie of the Year - Dirty South Soccer
There really wasn't a lot of good rookies this year in MLS but Gressel was the easy pick as the best one.
Hiring Friedel is a big risk for the Revolution - The Bent Musket
New England is gonna just be New England here. As long as the Krafts are still in charge, we shouldn't expect that much more from this group.
Major League Soccer use of VAR a success says Howard Webb - ESPN FC
But should they really be? We've seen more complaints about it than praises.
Meet the man hoping to turn Nashville into the new Sporting KC | FourFourTwo
Nashville should end up being in MLS before it is all said and done. Meet the man who is leading the charge to make sure the transition is smooth.
Let's play three! Recalling the fun – and flaws – of MLS' original playoff format | FourFourTwo
As the debate rages on about MLS' playoff format, it's worth remembering what the league's postseasons used to entail.
Olympia brewery makes Clint Dempsey-themed beer, sells it in Portland, hilarity ensues - Sounder At Heart
The beer is called "Deuce Juice" because ... why not? This is great really. I'd love to see the beer makers here in Dallas do something like that with FCD in Houston. Or vice versa.