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The Daily Dirt, August 2: Two Tickets to Paradise

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Is Bedoya headed to MLS?

USA v Colombia - International Friendly Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

The MLS transfer window is nearing its conclusion and things have gotten quiet on the Atlanta United front. They have surprised us before, so do not rule anything out. With seven players on the books at the moment, they have signed more players than Orlando and New York City combined in 2014 at this stage.

We are hoping to have updates on Atlanta United’s loaned players soon. Stay tuned.

Business is picking up around the league though as Dallas tries to bring Fabian Castillo back into the fold and Philadelphia battles Chicago for the top spot in the allocation order in order to sign Alejandro Bedoya. Spending his entire career in Europe since leaving Boston College in 2008, Bedoya would be a big signing for the league. He has been at Nantes in France since 2013 and is now 29 years old.

Other clubs are trying to wrap up deals or address injuries in their squad. Be sure to follow Dirty South Soccer on Twitter and Facebook to get the latest news.


Domestic

The cost to get into MLS is on the rise, better start saving up (Bloomberg)

An editorial in the Cincinnati Enquirer makes the case for FC Cincinnati in MLS (Cincinnati.com)

Red Bulls’ Dax McCarty to miss 4-6 weeks due to a tibia fracture (Twitter)

Philadelphia Union interested in signing U.S. international midfielder Alejandro Bedoya, but Chicago is ahead of them in the allocation order and might sign him instead (ESPN FC)

Portland makes it official, signing former Newcastle center back Steven Taylor (Stumptown Footy)

Aly Wagner will be co-hosting pre and post match coverage with Glenn Crooks on SiriusXM FC for U.S. Women’s National Team matches at the Olympics (Twitter)

Carli Lloyd’s quest to remain the best in the world (Yahoo)

Minnesota’s Christian Ramirez closing in on the modern NASL scoring record (FiftyFive.One)

The USMNT could host Ghana in a friendly in October (Stars and Stripes FC)

I don’t think the U.S. U19’s will be hanging out with their counterparts from Bahrain any time soon:

Wilmington and Austin out of the 2017 USL season? (Scratching the Pitch)


International

One of Hector Villalba’s former managers, Edgardo Bauza, is now in charge of the Argentina national team (Twitter)

Check out the commemorative kit Chivas wore in their friendly with Arsenal (FMF State of Mind)

Roberto Martinez has some competition for the Hull City job, Bernd Schuster throws his hat in the ring (Hull Daily Mail)


Local

An update on some of the position battles for the Falcons in training camp (The Falcoholic)

No deadline day moves from the Braves (Talking Chop)

Hawks preseason schedule coming into focus (Peachtree Hoops)