Here we are, the end of 2019. I hope everyone is having a safe and happy holiday here before we kick start the new year. There isn’t a ton of FCD and MLS news to discuss but here are a few items worth pondering over as we head into a new calendar year.
// FC Dallas //
Three FC Dallas Homegrown players called into USMNT January camp - Big D Soccer
Jesus Ferreira earns his first national team call following his US citizenship announcement.
Cannon, Ferriera and Pomykal Ready to Make an Impact at USMNT January Camp | FC Dallas
The trio will not join FC Dallas' preseason camp until February. That may be an important thing to keep in mind.
// MLS //
Inter Miami name Diego Alonso as head coach for inaugural MLS season | MLSsoccer.com
Just over two months out from their first MLS match, Inter Miami CF have named Uruguay native Diego Alonso as head coach for the inaugural campaign.
Top 10 breakout player candidates for the 2020 MLS season | Greg Seltzer | MLSsoccer.com
Some of the players discussed have already made small leaps in becoming standouts, while others have barely scratched the surface of their potential.
Four players signed to 2020 Generation adidas class, Two seniors signed for 2020 MLS SuperDraft | MLSsoccer.com
Four standout underclassmen comprise the 2020 Generation adidas class and two seniors were signed by MLS. Those GA classes continue to shrink each year.
What's next as MLS-Liga MX cross-pollination ramps up? | Charles Boehm | MLSsoccer.com
Are there signals that the mutually-beneficial relationship between those leagues can blossom even further?
Who was Africa's best player in each of the world's biggest leagues in 2019? | ESPNFC
I still think MLS needs to do a much better job at tapping the potential of players in Africa.
// USMNT //
Armchair Analyst: First USMNT camp of the 2020s a sign of what's to come | MLSsoccer.com
The January camp usually sees a lot of MLS flavor to it and this year is no different.
Who are the biggest US national team January camp snubs? | Tom Bogert | MLSsoccer.com
While I like the shout for Mason Toye, everyone else on this list I can deal without them being there. My biggest snub though is still Ryan Hollingshead.
USMNT heads to Qatar for January camp, roster to include ‘some surprising selections’ | Pro Soccer USA
Going to Qatar is smart as you'll hope to see the US get used to a place that they should quality for in 2022.