Have you, like me, been missing Nicolás Lodeiro rumors for the past 48 hours? A tweet from his former team seems to indicate that his transfer to MLS may be ongoing.
US Open Cup
Round 5 of the US Open Cup wrapped up last night with a whopping 6 games.
The first bit of news was the elimination of reigning champs Sporting Kansas City who lost in Houston to the Dynamo by a score of 3-1.
The biggest upset of the night was Orlando City SC who lost to the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers. This leaves the strikers as the sole remaining non-MLS team in the tournament.
The Strikers were almost joined by the New York Cosmos who led the New England Revolution until Kei Kamara entered the game and scored a goal and assist in the final 15 minutes of regulation.
The Philadelphia Union also had a comeback to beat the New York Red Bulls. But the most interesting part of this match was on the sidelines. In the final minutes of stoppage time Union assistant coach Mike Sorber was ejected apparently for delaying the game. This was followed shortly by the ejection of New York Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch who threw balls at the Union coach and bench as he left.
FC Dallas held off the Colorado Rapids at home in what appeared to be an almost entirely empty stadium.
Finally, the Timbers gave up a goal at home to the LA Galaxy in the first 5 minutes. It was the only goal of the match and the Timbers never even really threatened, even after bringing in their preferred strikers for the final third of the game.
Canada's premier club tournament also wrapped up last night in Vancouver. Will Johnson sacrificed his leg to score a spectacular and critical away goal that secured the Voyageur's Cup for Toronto FC.
Miami continues to rapidly sign players. Their latest acquisition is Kwadwo Poku who had largely been relegated to the bench this year at NYCFC.
The Chicago Fire and Gilberto have mutually agreed to terminate his contract. This opens up valuable cap space and a DP slot for Chicago.
Is parity a problem for MLS? I certainly don't think so, but that's the argument put forward over at Philadelphia Union blog The Brotherly Game.
Jurgen Klinnsman has apparently expressed interest in the newly open head coach position in England. Unfortunately, there is no real indication that the interest in mutual.
The image of Messi at Copa America that most of us probably think of is him collapsed in dispair after missing his penalty. Grant Whal has written a story about another image that better defines Messi's Copa America experience.