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

Affiliation with OKC Engergy FC fine, but FC Dallas needs its own USL team

MLS teams owning United Soccer League teams as their own reserves teams is all the rage these days. But FC Dallas is not one of them. With one of the best development academies, FC Dallas has to create its own USL after its affiliation with OKC Energy FC is up.

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

MLS needs to show best teams over big market teams on national television

The MLS schedule was released Thursday evening, along with the national television schedule. It looks like a good deal for the league with ESPN carrying the majority of its games on its main channel and the over-the-air FOX channel showing four games. But the league needs to show more than just a handful of teams in the national spotlight.

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

FC Dallas needs to build on Maximilano Urruti acquisition during offseason

About this time last week, FC Dallas turned a rather meh part of the offseason into a somewhat exciting affair, selecting Maximilano Urruti in the MLS Re-entry Draft. But if this team is serious about lifting the MLS Cup, this can't be the only big offseason move for the Hoops.

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

MLS’ future expansion to 28 teams another great step for soccer in America

Among the many big news items to come out Columbus this past week as part of the build up to the 20th edition of the MLS Cup Final, the biggest item might have been announced less than 24 hours prior to the big match itself. Major League Soccer announced in a release on Saturday that the Board of Governors agreed to eventually expanding the league to 28 teams some time in the near future.

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

MLS postseason guarantees excitement

Tt's easy to see why MLS gets such a bad rap from the "proper" footballing community for it's postseason format. But as much as those folks want to ridicule the league's playoffs, it certainly provides quite the entertainment for supporters and neutrals alike no matter what teams are involved. And that is what makes it worth everything that comes with a playoff.

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

FC Dallas has defied all odds to win Western Conference

They weren't supposed to be here. In a league where the big name stars dominate the headlines, where Los Angeles, Seattle, New York and Toronto garner all of the attention, a team with no stars and no massive payroll isn't supposed to take possession of the No. 1 seed in the toughest conference, let alone come this close to grabbing the Supporters' Shield — the award for finishing first in the league in the regular season. But here FC Dallas sits. With one match left to go in the season, the Hoops have clinched the top seed in the Western Conference, a feat that seemed impossible at the start of the season.

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

MLS testing instant replay can only mean good things

Soccer is the last of the major sports to implement instant replay. Yes, soccer doesn't have the natural stops in play to check on whether a play was called correctly or not, but in the 21st century it's a crime to not use technology to get calls right. I mean, it took until just last year for FIFA and the Premiere League to use goal-line technology, something long over due, and it's been a smashing success with its efficiency and accuracy. But there is hope beyond the horizon.

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

International breaks need to be a thing in MLS

This is one of the FIFA designated international breaks where league seasons press pause and national teams compete in friendlies and different qualification matches, whether it be Euro qualifying or even World Cup 2018 qualifying. But if you were to take a glance at the list of leagues currently on break, there would be one glaring omission. Major League Soccer.

USL referee gives a player a yellow card during a match

USL needs to decide what it wants to become

Right now, it's really hard to peg down what the USL really is. Is it just a third-tier league like you would see in Europe? Or is it essentially MLS's version of Triple-A baseball? Whatever it is, the USL has to define what it wants to become before it makes the jump into the second division.

Yankee Stadium is a suitable solution for New York City FC… for now

NYC FC opened up it's home schedule at Yankee Stadium. Yes, the same park that saw Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera and houses Monument Park is now home for a professional soccer team in the Bronx. And it will be for at least the foreseeable future until NYC FC can come up with it's own downtown stadium, whether it be nearby or somewhere else in the city. While the stadium certainly works as a temporary home, it's not really going to work as a long term solution.

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

FC Dallas win vs. SKC a fun time in Frisco

Last August, I got my first taste of professional soccer when my dad and I went to the U.S. Open Cup match between FC Dallas and Philadelphia, which saw the Union advance on penalty kicks. But this past Saturday I attended my first MLS match with all the bells and whistles the FC Dallas game operations people put on for the game. And, while the win certainly helped a lot, it was another incredibly fun experience... again.