While the US got a draw this past weekend in Mexico, we saw our own FC Dallas fall flat on the road in Portland.
// FC Dallas //
Talking Points: A rotated FC Dallas loses to Portland | Big D Soccer
One of these days Cristian Colman is going to score a dazzling goal. Maybe. Or not.
Scratching the Chalkboard: Mismatched CB Pairing Dooms Dallas | Big D Soccer
When you have a rookie paired with a guy that used to be a striker, things are bound to be a bit shaky.
With busy stretch on tap, Timbers put depth on display in win vs. FC Dallas | MLSsoccer.com
This game showed that our defensive depth just isn't there. Yet. But Walker Hume showed he could be a solid player for this team down the line if the need is there.
// MLS //
Brad Guzan returns to Major League Soccer with Atlanta United | ESPN FC
I don't think he'll be anywhere near what Tim Howard was for Colorado last year but Guzan could still be a big player for Atlanta late in this season.
Rumor: Zlatan to Join the Galaxy | LAG Confidential
No contract with ManU leaves the door open for a MLS trip next year. I still think LAFC will end up with him but the arms race with them and the Galaxy could be fun to watch.
MLS and USL: A 21st Century Odd Couple | RSL Soapbox
How has the partnership between MLS and USL fared and evolved over the past four years? Here is a pretty good look at it all.
// USMNT //
Armchair Analyst: US take a page from Costa Rica's book in draw at Mexico | MLSsoccer.com
It wasn't a pretty game in any respect but at the end of the night, if you get a draw in Mexico you did your job.
Mexico draw another step in USMNT rebuilding its team essence | SI.com
Bruce Arena had a plan that involved unusual players in an atypical USMNT formation, but it was executed well in Mexico.
USMNT Player Ratings: Michael Bradley, Geoff Cameron step up against Mexico | Goal.com
I feel like Bruce Arena had the right veterans on the field for this one last night.
Bradley: Arena has restored US identity | FourFourTwo
While that identity may not be the prettiest game on the field, it is effective enough to get what we want out of this group.