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The Daily Dirt, August 1: Window Shopper

Will Atlanta United’s loans become official today?


With the MLS transfer window closing on Wednesday, expect more deals over the next few days around the league. The biggest saga of this transfer window has to be with Fabian Castillo and Dallas. On yesterday’s ESPN broadcast, Taylor Twellman said the proposed move to Trabzonspor was “dead.” The club expects Castillo to return to Dallas this week for training. Remember, the MLS transfer window does not impact moves out of the league. Turkish clubs can add players through the end of August, so this might drag on even longer.

As has been reported in articles about Chris McCann and Kenwyne Jones’ loan destinations, it is expected that their Atlanta United contracts officially start today so their loans can become official. We will let you know once the announcement is made. It is unclear if Hector Villalba’s proposed loan to Xolos is in this category.

Stay tuned to Dirty South Soccer for news at it breaks this week.


Jacob Peterson’s goal is enough for Sporting to escape with a 1-0 win over visiting Portland (The Blue Testament)

Jake Gleeson did his best to keep Portland in it:

A late Galaxy goal dampens Brian Schmetzer’s debut as Sounders’ head coach, 1-1 finish splits the points (Sounder at Heart)

Two second half goals three minutes apart carry Dallas to a 2-0 home win over Vancouver (Big D Soccer)

A late equalizer earns Montreal a point on the road in DC (Mount Royal Soccer)

Didier Drogba sometimes makes poor decisions:

Joao Plata and Javier Morales lead RSL to a 2-1 win in Philadelphia (RSL Soapbox)

Toronto with an emphatic 3-0 win over Columbus in the Trillium Cup rivalry match (Waking the Red)

Late Bradley Wright-Phillips goal costs Chicago three points (Hot Time in Old Town)

Three goals in the second half carries Orlando to a 3-1 win over New England in Jason Kreis’ debut with the Lions (The Mane Land)

Houston and San Jose share the points in a 1-1 draw (Dynamo Theory)

Minnesota might try to play their 2017 MLS games at the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium (The Sports Blaze)

Chicago Fire’s academy is going through major changes as Gonzalo Segares steps down (Twitter)

Rumors around the Orange County Blues rebranding as Los Angeles FC’s USL club could come true (Twitter)


Bayern Munich considering a partnership with a MLS team (Sports Business Daily)

Gareth Bale given more time off after the Euros, will miss the SuperCup match with Sevilla (AS)

Wayne Rooney questions Roy Hodgson’s tactics at the Euros (ESPN FC)

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scores in Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Chivas:


The Falcons have their first off day of training camp today, catch up on yesterday’s action (The Falcoholic)

Today is the MLB trade deadline, what options do the Braves have? (Talking Chop)