The short break for myself is over here as I’m back at it with my usual morning links for you all here. Let’s get down to it.
// FC Dallas //
2019 US Development Academy Playoffs preview for FC Dallas - Big D Soccer
The U16s and U18s once again enter the tournament among the favorites.
FC Dallas Starts Rigorous Schedule This Wednesday vs. New Mexico United | FC Dallas
How much rotation will FC Dallas show off this week with games in the USOC and league schedule at home? We’ll dive into those roster questions later on today.
// MLS //
Warshaw: 24 takeaways about all 24 MLS teams at the Gold Cup break | MLSsoccer.com
Bobby's take on FC Dallas is spot on (as usual) here as Dallas really lack that main attacking star that puts them over the top.
Bogert: Inside the Andre Horta transfer and how LAFC will fill open DP slot | MLSsoccer.com
The deal for Horta is a pretty interesting one to see unfold here for LAFC. They retain some ownership while shipping him off and opening a DP slot.
LAFC's onslaught, Fernandez and more: Guide to the Open Cup Rd. of 16 | MLSsoccer.com
Here is a good primer for all the Round of 16 action this week in the USOC.
The truth hurts: The tough questions facing all 24 MLS clubs in the second half of 2019 | ESPNFC
With MLS paused for the Gold Cup and the secondary transfer window opening next month, there are plenty of questions to be asked facing all 24 clubs.
ASN article: Silly season heats up for American players plus a look at MLS youth minutes
Will some young Americans land back in MLS this summer? Or will the success of the U20s help land some MLS guys a deal across the pond?
Expected Narratives: Have Some Ambition — American Soccer Analysis
Grant Wahl recent did his annual 'ambition rankings', which were amusing as they ever were. Here is a fun look at them.