Now that the Gold Cup is officially over, we can really get back to focusing on the summer schedule in MLS.
// FC Dallas //
FC Dallas Defensive Depth Shining Despite a New Look Seemingly Every Week | FC Dallas
This will be another weekend that we see the depth come through with suspensions on the books for Figueroa and Grana.
CARTER'S CORNER: Hollingshead Finding Legs in Run of Starts | FC Dallas
The big part of having depth is seeing guys like Hollingshead get minutes and push regular starters out.
FC Dallas Trio Takes 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup with U.S. Men's National Team | FC Dallas
Acosta got the minutes again in this final though some will say he didn't shine enough in it.
// MLS //
Dom Dwyer Deal A Win-Win For All Sides | The Mane Land
I'm a bit more curious about the long term effect of this deal than the short one but I can see where both sides can feel it was a win right now.
Why would Sporting KC trade Dom Dwyer to Orlando City after USMNT breakout? | Goal.com
Strike while the iron is hot I guess. Orlando is looking at Dwyer as a pillar for their future, so why not take all the money they can offer and improve the roster in the process.
Dom Dwyer to Orlando City: Why Sporting KC made stunning trade | SI.com
Here are a few more thoughts on the Dwyer deal.
Colorado Rapids sign attacker Stefan Aigner | Burgundy Wave
A three and a half year deal? Man, they must be banking on this guy to help turn things around and then some.
Success of Chicago, Toronto shows MLS clubs must adapt or be left behind | ESPN FC
So spend a lot of money or else? I don't think we're quite there yet in MLS but we're getting closer to it.
Union rout Columbus in drama-filled affair | Brotherly Game
I'm not sure what it is about summer games but lately they've been filled with a lot of drama, cards and craziness.
A grand tour of Atlanta’s new grand stadium | Dirty South Soccer
This stadium is pretty sweet from top to bottom. I can't wait to go there myself.
Is There a Plan?: An Analysis of Whitecaps DPs | Eighty Six Forever
Here is an interesting take on one team's DP history so far and whether or not the plan for each worked out.
Why MLS’ $4 billion headline is about forcing uncomfortable conversations | FourFourTwo
The big offer to MLS was really about getting the conversation going again? Oh boy.
// USMNT //
Gold Cup title boosts USA, but Arena, players eye improvement | SI.com
This team has turned a corner from where they were a year ago but there is still plenty of improvement to be done.
Wiebe: Jordan Morris proved he belongs on US national team World Cup roster | MLSsoccer.com
It sure was a hell of a way to win.
Armchair Analyst: USMNT cross Jamaica up and claim Gold Cup title | MLSsoccer.com
Crosses were always going to be the key to unlock this Jamaica side. The US did just enough of them.