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The Daily Dirt, July 21: Watching the Detectives

Villalba and McCann news, along with Open Cup results


It was back on June 14 that we first brought you a report that rising San Lorenzo star Hector Villalba had received an offer from Atlanta United. #VillalbaWatch has taken quite a few different turns in the last 37 days, are we nearing a conclusion soon?

It appears that Tito is on his way to the US soon and will then be headed to Tijuana through December on loan. Talk had recently popped up about a loan to an Argentine club, but it appears that Villalba said that he would only play for San Lorenzo in Argentina.

While we wait for Villalba, we also celebrate the birthday of Atlanta United midfielder Chris McCann.

McCann will be joining Coventry City on loan on August 1.


Brad Knighton followed up key saves through the game with two more in the penalty shootout, New England defeats Philadelphia in the Open Cup quarterfinals (The Bent Musket)

Ft. Lauderdale’s fairy tale comes to an end, Chicago advances to the Open Cup semifinals with a 3-0 win (Hot Time in Old Town)

Fabian Castillo’s 90th minute winner keeps Dallas’ Open Cup dreams alive as they win in Houston (Big D Soccer)

The Galaxy fell behind twice, but come back to win 4-2 over Seattle to advance to the Open Cup semifinals (LAG Confidential)

DC United was active yesterday in the trade market, sending Fabian Espindola to Vancouver for GAM and acquiring Patrick Mullins from NYCFC for GAM, TAM, and an international slot through 2017 (Black and Red United)

Moves coming in Columbus?

Jason Kreis and Phil Rawlins spoke to The Mane Land after Kreis’ introduction to the Orlando media (The Mane Land)

Bournemouth defeated Minnesota United 4-0 in a friendly, one of the goals was this beauty:


Paul Pogba looks likely to be headed to Manchester United soon (Black & White & Read All Over)

England settle on Sam Allardyce as their new manager (SB Nation)

And Sunderland might replace him with David Moyes (Sky Sports)

Wolves bought by a Chinese conglomerate for £45M (BBC)

Juventus and Everton battling over Moussa Sissoko of Newcastle? (The Guardian)

A guide to confusing transfer window language (FourFourTwo)


A look at the Braves’ potential deadline day trade partners (Talking Chop)

The Locked on Hawks daily podcast looks at some of the less heralded additions to the roster this summer (Peachtree Hoops)

David Pollack expands role with ESPN in new contract (Dawg Sports)