Note: This is a new series we are starting that as a quick-hit kind of thing. We’ll likely dive into one big topic each week with some links and other thoughts below that. We hope you enjoy.
Yesterday morning saw the start of the final week before the regular season begins in Major League Soccer. With that continues the slew of content from FC Dallas and folks who cover the league. One of the new things that popped up yesterday was the new hashtags on Twitter for each MLS side.
Shortly after that was a version in Spanish...for almost everyone. Out of the 26 clubs in MLS, only 16 get a Spanish hashtag and for some crazy reason, FC Dallas is one of the ten left out.
The crazy thing to me in all of this is that the only national TV games FCD has this season are on Spanish broadcasting channels. No ESPN. No Fox. Just Spanish TV. So it would make perfect sense for FCD to have a Spanish hashtag. But no. They don’t. No #LosToros. No #VamosDallas. None of that.
Ads for this weekend - I don’t know about you all, but I’ve slowly started to see billboards and web ads for this weekend’s game. My favorite though has to be what the club is doing on Instagram. Seriously, inject these sort of ads in my veins every day please.
Injuries heading into Week 1 - Like we’ve been discussing here in the last few weeks, the injury bug has already taken a bite out of FC Dallas in the preseason. Going into the opener, we know that Brandon Servania and Bryan Acosta are out. Paxton Pomykal has been limited throughout preseason, but thankfully he’s resumed full training as of late. Big question will be how Luchi Gonzalez gets him into the lineup.
Roster compliance coming up - Keep your eyes posted for things throughout this week but really towards the end of the week is when we’ll potentially see some activity as the league requires all teams to be roster compliant before the start of the season. FC Dallas will have to make sure their salary numbers are set for the year, number of players on the roster signed (they’ll be fine here), that they have not exceeded their international player slot limits (which they should be fine there) and any other rule that MLS is looking for on this date.