Taking a new look at the top MLS expansion candidates

It’s been a while since MLS expansion candidates had to submit their bids. So with decisions looming later this year, where do things stand now?

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CONCACAF has to make changes to Gold Cup to make it matter

The CONCACAF Gold Cup is a good international tournament. But being held in the U.S. and every two years makes it feel like a cash grab. It’s time for the confederation to make some much needed changes to the tournament.

Just relax about VAR and give it time to evolve

FIFA began rolling out VAR this summer at the U-20 World Cup and Confederations Cup to mixed results. But, while the issues are still being worked out, everyone needs to have patience.

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Three changes the U.S. Open Cup needs to become more fun, competitive

The U.S. Open Cup is an awesome tournament that no one really knows about. So here are a few needed changes for the nation-wide competition.

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Reported MLS vs. Liga MX would be a win for everyone

Last week, Liga MX owners agreed to a tournament between their teams and MLS teams to be held in the fall. If it happens, it’ll be a win-win for everyone.

MLS Thoughts: Curt Onalfo might have found spark for Galaxy

Curt Onalfo has taken a lot of blame after taking over the reigns for the LA Galaxy. But his move last week should start earning his some praise.

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No need to worry about Cristian Colmán … yet

Cristian Colmán came to FC Dallas on a $2 million transfer fee and scored 30 minutes into his competitive debut. But he has yet to score MLS play. Still, there’s no need to worry about the Paraguayan striker yet.

MLS Thoughts: Sebastian Giovinco is back

Sebastian Giovinco had a slow start to the season. But he’s tallied four goals and an assist in the last three matches. That’s scary for the Eastern Conference.

MLS Thoughts: Bastian Schweinsteiger makes his debut

The Chicago Fire signed Bastian Schweinsteiger on March 21. But it only took the German 17 minutes to make an impact on the team. Now, can he lead them to the MLS Cup (but not the World Cup)?

MLS Thoughts: Portland Timbers a real contenders this year

Portland struggled last season, failing to win a single road match in their MLS Cup title defense. But this season has been very different. The Timbers sit atop MLS with nine points and ten goals. And they look ready to make another MLS Cup run.

MLS Thoughts: Are Houston, Chicago back?

Both Houston and Chicago struggled last year, but have come out of the gate strong in 2017. I talk about both teams and other topics in my thoughts from the second week of the MLS season.

FC Dallas offense humming right along with 4-4-2, no Mauro Diaz

FC Dallas struggled without Mauro Diaz in the past, but with a formation change and the emergence of Kellyn Acosta, the team hasn’t missed a beat this season.