MLS Newswire, 08.15: Trades, Optimism, Pessimism

I tell you, I have the self-control of a two-year-old – a drunk two-year-old at that.  That’s why I’m ditching the thee-item limit on these posts.  I have no excuse…

- A noteworthy trade, plus one shock to report: Ramon Nunez is leaving FC Dallas, the team he was tasked with carrying in 2007 before things fell apart for him, for Chivas USA.  It’s not like Nunez was logging major minutes for FCD, but given the season began with so much promise, this one still throws me a little.  First word on this came to me through WVHooligan, but I’ll credit 3rd Degree with the confirmation.  Now comes  the shocker: Steve Goff reports that the New England Revolution appears to be adding players outside the draft….gasp!

- Speaking of both FCD and 3rd Degree, the latter pulled together an in-season review on what Dallas coach Steve Morrow has done with his team (for the record, good stuff).  And let the record show that I agree with Steve Morrow on the depth issue; in fact, I credit that depth for Dallas looking good as they are.

- Looking for a Guillermo Barros Schelotto love-fest?  Sports Illustrated obliges; the interview, in particular, contains some nuggets with the best of them coming after the jump.

- Speaking of SI, Grant Wahl opens his mailbag and opines on a number of things, the most interesting of them being confirmation of the suspicions I mentioned yesterday about how an Iraq-U.S. friendly would go down; the most useful item is an explanation of player eligibility for national teams.

- Finally, are feeling good about where MLS is these days?  Wanna stop?

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