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The Daily Dirt, April 1: One point

In a long season, last night’s draw should be remembered

Atlanta United

0-0 on the road in Seattle with a reshuffled lineup due to injury and national team duty is not something most expansion teams are capable of doing. Full credit to Tata Martino and the front office for building a roster with the type of depth necessary to accomplish it. In a long season, last night’s draw might get forgotten, but it also might say the most about this squad.

Seattle is currently on a thirteen match unbeaten run at home, dating back to last summer. CenturyLink Field is simply not a place many teams go into and find success. Atlanta was able to take a point from the defending MLS Cup champions in their house, keep a second straight clean sheet, and maintain its style of play throughout.

Even with three of the team’s five attacking players new to the lineup or in different roles, United looked good in stretches last night. Miguel Almiron’s inclusion in the second half brought a spark and demonstrated just how important he is to the long-term success of this squad. In a brief substitute appearance, Kenwyne Jones produced his best performance in an Atlanta United shirt. With a full week to prepare, Jones has to be in strong consideration to replace the injured Josef Martinez in Toronto.

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Domestic

Orlando City spent the international break preparing for the Columbus Crew (Orlando Sentinel)

Toronto FC has cemented its place in the city’s sporting landscape (SportsNet)

Jose Mourinho talks about the LA Galaxy (LAG Confidential)

Sacramento still working through some ownership issues on their MLS expansion bid (CBS Sacramento)

New York Cosmos were one fax away from disappearing (SI)

Fresno seeking a USL expansion team (Fresno Bee)

International

Everton invites US U20 goalkeeper Jonathan Klinsmann over for a trial (ESPN)

Is the Chinese government interfering in CSL disciplinary decisions? (Guardian)

After Argentina’s loss to Bolivia, changes could be coming for the national team: