Things are quickly moving here in the week as we’re over the midway point in September with just a few more games to go.
// FC Dallas //
WHAT WE LEARNED: Three Takeaways form FC Dallas' 0-0 Draw with Seattle Sounders FC | FC Dallas
Sure, the defense was better but when you have a team like Seattle that was content on sitting back as much as they did, you have to find ways to press forward more effectively.
MONDAY MAILBAG: A Difference of Halves in 2017, FC Dallas Captaincy Roles and Formation Talk | FC Dallas
Plenty of good nuggets in this one on how this season has gone from good to bad so quickly.
// MLS //
Atlanta's MLS-record crowd registers as 4th largest attendance in the world | MLSsoccer.com
That crowd was awesome to see but even more so when you stack it up against some of the top clubs in the world over the weekend.
The death of a "Bad Sports Town" | Dirty South Soccer
Assuming Atlanta was a bad sports town was pretty easy to do before this year. I have to say, Atlanta United has put that thought to bed.
Atlanta and Toronto are putting MLS' complacent billionaires to shame | FourFourTwo
I know some will want to throw the Hunts under the bus after reading things like this but their spending is more about the quality than anything else. Atlanta and Toronto are showing how to do it right.
Why MLS is considering a playoff overhaul, and why it's unlikely to happen | FourFourTwo
A change in the playoff length would be a welcome sight for all but there really is no good way around improving the playoffs given the time of year.
Behind Closed Doors, All is Not Normal for the LA Galaxy | Corner of the Galaxy
You may think things are bad here in Dallas these days but they don't hold a candle to what is going on with the Galaxy.
MLS Wrap: LA Galaxy hit rock bottom, Atlanta United flying high, and more | Goal.com
There are also some thoughts on the FCD fall from grace as well in here.
Jay Heaps sacked as New England Revolution manager | ESPN FC
I was surprised this didn't happen after the blowout in Atlanta last week but the writing has been on the wall for Heaps.
Reports: Jay Heaps Out as Head Coach - The Bent Musket
Lots of reports out there on the coaching move in New England but I like getting the take from our New England blog to see how they really feel about it all.
MLS Awards season is just over a month away | Sounder At Heart
Award season is here for MLS folks but unlike a year ago, we won't see a ton of FCD love represented.
Hackworth calls 15 MLSers into final US training camp before U-17 World Cup | MLSsoccer.com
You better believe Bryan Reynolds is on this list.