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USL referee gives a player a yellow card during a match

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.

FC Dallas celebrate their U.S. Open Cup title

A few thoughts on the first weekend of 2017 MLS season

The 2017 MLS season kicked off this weekend. While the play was definitely in early season form, it's great to have the league back again. Here are a few of my thoughts over the first weekend of matches.

Toyota Stadium from the west side as FC Dallas and Orlando City play

FC Dallas desperately needs a win in first game at home in some time

The time frame between May 23 and June 19 is a period FC Dallas would rather forget. During that time, the Hoops managed zero wins, going 0-2-3, suffered to losses of three or more goals and slipped from the top of the conference to fighting of a playoff spot. And all of this came away from Toyota Stadium. In fact, the only bright spot in that nearly month-long span came in the form of a 4-1 win at TCU's soccer stadium in the U.S. Open Cup against USL side Oklahoma City. So it's safe to say that FC Dallas has missed their home in Frisco.

Toyota Stadium from the west side as FC Dallas and Orlando City play

Western Conference likely to again boast of MLS Cup winner

To say that the Western Conference is stacked is an understatement. Last year, it was a brutal conference just to get into the postseason. Just ask the Portland Timbers, who finished the season with 49 points, a total that might have put them into the playoffs on the Eastern Conference side of the bracket (depending on how the tiebreakers went).

Toyota Stadium from the west side as FC Dallas and Orlando City play

FC Dallas mired in uneventful offseason

Though they were eventually eliminated, FC Dallas had two exciting matches against Seattle in the postseason to end last year that saw a potential goal swing the outcome either way. The same, however, cannot be said about the offseason for the Hoops.

Toyota Stadium from the west side as FC Dallas and Orlando City play

Texas derby takes on new meaning with showdown in U.S. Open Cup

The World Cup is dominating the headlines all over the world, and with good reason, but back here in the states, there's another tournament that is incredibly important for American club soccer. The U.S. Open Cup now moves into its fifth round this week with 16 squads remaining in the competition. And among the match ups, one sticks out as big battle for soccer supremacy in the state of Texas.

Toyota Stadium looking from the east side as the teams walk out before a game

FC Dallas wins one battle of Texas, prepares for another in U.S. Open Cup play

So the World Cup is dominating the soccer and sporting headlines this week and MLS regular season action is taking a break for the tournament, but back here in the states, one soccer competition continues this summer through it all. The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, comparable to the FA Cup in English football, is a tournament allowing the little clubs to potentially compete with big bad MLS boys to determine the best club team in the country. MLS teams enter the tournament in the fourth round and that's where FC Dallas found itself squaring off against the San Antonio Scorpions Tuesday night.

Toyota Stadium looking from the east side as the teams walk out before a game

FC Dallas coming into tough Texas Derby match on a roll

Don't look now, but there's a team in the Dallas-Fort Worth that's at the top of its league and looking dangerous. No, it's not based in Arlington, instead it's FC Dallas up in Frisco. It's still very early on in the season but FC Dallas currently leads the league overall with 10 points in four games, compiling a 3-0-1 record thus far. And for a team that has now missed the postseason two years-in-a-row, that's a very good start to the year.