I don’t think any of us truly saw the Michael Barrios trade coming yesterday. But now that the dust has settled, we wait to see what is next for FC Dallas (and that international roster slot they just picked up) and where this roster is going here for 2021.
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FC Dallas trades Michael Barrios to the Colorado Rapids - Big D Soccer
The veteran winger was a bit more expendable going into 2021 and FC Dallas needed an extra international roster spot too. But did FCD get the right value here for Barrios? I'm thinking they overspent a little here.
Michael Barrios Bids Farewell as FC Dallas Looks to the Future | FC Dallas
It is kind of crazy to think back at Barrios' time with the club. He was brought in ahead of that magical 2016 run and ended up with a truck-load of assists (44, tied for third most in club history).
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Top of the shopping list for each MLS Western Conference team | Armchair Analyst | MLSsoccer.com
The breakdown of the Western clubs and what they need to do is out from Matt Doyle. His breakdown of FCD is about what most are saying too.
Official: Toronto FC reportedly appoint Chris Armas as head coach - Waking The Red
This one seems bold for Toronto but Armas did have some success in New York with a younger roster.
Five teams set to jump forward in 2021 — and five that might drop back | J. Sam Jones | MLSsoccer.com
Yeah, this one is full of hot takes. FCD is one of the ones who could jump forward but I do wonder if folks are latching onto the bookmakers odds here when thinking about them right now.
MLS Commissioner Don Garber provides update on CBA negotiations, 2021 season start | MLSsoccer.com
Here is a little more on the CBA details and media call that Don Garber had earlier this week.
MLS Players' Association won't strike, but dispute commissioner's CBA claims | ESPNFC
Nice to see that players aren't thinking of striking here but hearing that the season could end up not starting in mid-March does make you wonder when we'll actually see soccer this year in MLS.
MLSPA refutes MLS league's positions on CBA offer – The Athletic
A day after Don Garber spoke about MLS's latest collective bargaining agreement offer, the MLSPA executive director offered a different take.
What an MLS match on Nickelodeon might look like – The Athletic
I'm all for this idea of getting games on different networks to help expose the league to new audiences.
The importance of the link to MLS | US Soccer Players
Though some MLS fans may downplay a European star looking to Major League Soccer later in his career, it remains important on and off the field.