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The Daily Dirt, August 3: Come to My Window

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Last 24 hours of the transfer window for MLS

MLS Atlanta Launch Event Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for MLS Atlanta

Kenwyne Jones did not play for Central FC last night in their CONCACAF Champions League opener, an International Transfer Certificate issue kept him ineligible. He will be needed for their next game as the Sharks fell 1-0 to the Vancouver Whitecaps at home in Trinidad and Tobago. With a four game group stage, getting points at home is a must. Central will need to win their next home game against Sporting Kansas City and steal games on the road to have a chance to advance.

Chris McCann’s loan to Coventry City became official yesterday as both the Sky Blues and Atlanta United made announcements. The loan will run through December 31. McCann is suspended for the first three games of the season due to a red card he received in his last match with Wigan last season, so he will not see the field for Coventry until the middle of this month. They open their season this Saturday at Swindon Town.

Hector Villalba is training with Xolos after they announced his loan last week, but it has not been officially announced by Atlanta United yet. His eligibility for their next match is unknown at this time.

Today is the final day of the MLS incoming transfer window. While Atlanta is not attached to any active rumors, anything can happen as teams jockey for positioning. The biggest potential transfer into the league right now is Alejandro Bedoya. Chicago has the priority in the allocation order, but Philadelphia has been chasing Bedoya for a long time.

Stay tuned to Dirty South Soccer for any breaking news.


Domestic

Get ready for the U.S. Women’s National Team’s run in the Rio Olympics with our SB Nation preview (SB Nation)

Columbus trying to add a forward before the transfer window closes (Massive Report)

DC United refuses to sell Steve Birnbaum, even with an offer that has doubled from the original one (Washington Post)

Luis Robles is not happy about some of the recent injuries to Red Bulls players (Metro)

Expansion fees don’t scare FC Cincinnati (Cincinnati.com)

A look at how soccer’s popularity has grown in Minnesota (Star Tribune)

Get to know the Boston Breakers and their plans for profitability in the NWSL (The Bent Musket)


International

Is Matt Miazga going out on loan from Chelsea this season? (ESPN FC)

Chelsea transfers Mohamed Salah to Roma (Chelsea)

Liverpool is open to offers for Markovic and Benteke, but not Sakho just yet (Liverpool Echo)

Kasper Schmeichel close to a new contract with Leicester City (Daily Mail)

Fulham accepts Aston Villa’s bid for Ross McCormack (Fulham)


Local

Falcons sign veteran pass rusher Dwight Freeney, what does it mean for the team? (The Falcoholic)

CBS Sports thinks that the Hawks’ bench is not good enough (Peachtree Hoops)

Julio Teheran placed on the disabled list for the Braves (Talking Chop)

Will Georgia break out their black jerseys this season? (Dawg Sports)