The week moves forward here as we get ready for FC Dallas to play in Seattle tomorrow night. We’ll have plenty of coverage of that game but we have some links to discuss first thing here.
// FC Dallas //
August Outlook: Has FC Dallas turned the corner on their 2021 season? - Big D Soccer
July at times was brutal for FC Dallas but things are starting to look up as we head towards the stretch run of the season.
North Texas Two Step – A lost win and a found defender - Big D Soccer
North Texas still can’t seem to shift from second gear, but at least Caiser Gomes is a good story.
Big D After Dark: Confidence Boosters & Blue Tears - Big D Soccer
If you missed last night's show, the gang drank in some blue tears and discussed the much-needed three points on the road from last weekend.
FC Dallas Head Coach Luchi Gonzalez and Homegrown Paxton Pomykal Named to MLS Week 16 Team of the Week | FC Dallas
It is good to see FC Dallas players and coaches get some recognition here this season after the dismal start.
// MLS //
LAFC announce signing of forward Cristian Arango - Angels on Parade
Arango is a TAM-level signing for LAFC as they hope to get their attack boosted here with the Colombian.
Six Degrees: Yet Another Road Fiasco - Stumptown Footy
While the losses piled up for FC Dallas away from home this season, the Timbers have a slew of games where they've given up four goals in their road losses.
Columbus Crew’s Artur out 10-12 weeks after sports hernia surgery - Massive Report
The Black & Gold will be without the Brazilian midfielder for even longer. Ouch.
Report: Atlanta United requests permission to interview Sounders assistant Gonzalo Pineda for head coach job - Dirty South Soccer
I do like this move for Atlanta here. I've been saying for a while that they need to try someone from within MLS this time around.
Did Miles Robinson just raise his transfer market value with his Gold Cup performance? - Dirty South Soccer
Yes, he totally raised his profile here. The big question will be whether or not they are able to cash in this summer or if they have to wait until January.
// USMNT //
USMNT Gold Cup triumph brings vindication for Gregg Berhalter | MLSSoccer.com
Like him or not, Berhalter has taken this year to prove he is capable of this position.
Calen Carr: Kellyn Acosta will "play a big part" in the USMNT's World Cup Qualifiers | MLSSoccer.com
It is great to see Kellyn back on the national team stage performing so well. That free kick he that he took to set up the game-winner on Sunday night was a thing of beauty.
USMNT stock watch: Grading Gold Cup performances – The Athletic
Beyond the trophy, the USMNT's Gold Cup run allowed several players to raise or lower their standing in the national team pool.
USMNT squad tiers: How Gold Cup impacts World Cup qualifying – The Athletic
After two victorious tournaments, the USMNT's potential pool for World Cup qualifiers is larger and more flexible than just a few months ago.