Written by Will Parchman

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The Homegrowns are flying in from every direction these days. First Andrew Carleton. Now, not even a week later, Chris Durkin.

D.C United’s ripcord pull on Durkin’s contract is a quality bit of business for the capital club. For one, United hadn’t signed a Homegrown from the academy that pushed out Andy Najar and Bill Hamid since January 2014. But there’s also the fact that Durkin is a tidy player who’s value added to a franchise that tends to give opportunities to players of his ilk.

And what kind of players are those, you ask? Step right up.

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Written by Will Parchman

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The U.S. Open Cup roped in MLS teams this week, and we inevitably get an upset or two in the offing.

Tuesday was not, however, one of those days. The fourth round of the USOC got off to a relatively normal start, but we did have a couple close shaves. Real Salt Lake trailed Wilmington 2-0 and needed penalties to leg out a win. And a 10-man LA Galaxy was taken into extra time with a 1-1 game against fourth-tier UPSL side La Maquina. This goal from Dave Romney saved them. They ultimately scored twice more and won 4-1.

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We’re not telling you anything you (probably) don’t already know here, but the FC Dallas academy might just be the best of its ilk in the entire country.

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As you might’ve heard, a big thing happened today in the revolving and somewhat daunting world of the #PlayYourKids movement.

Atlanta United signed Andrew Carleton. They really did it.

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Written by Travis Clark

Major League Soccer teams are hanging up their boots for a week and a half as focus in North America shifts towards the Copa America Centenario.

In two separate mid-week matchups, a pair of rookies opened up their pro accounts in impressive fashion. Philadelphia’s Fabian Herbers put Michael Parkhurst on ice skates above, while No. 1 overall pick Jack Harrison received a fortunate deflection to aid him for his opener.

Expect to see these goals as the first of many from these two.

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The first MLS salary dump of 2016 is here. So let’s start with a cold shower of sobering reality, shall we.

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Steven Gerrard was objectively poor for the Galaxy in 2015.

While he started promisingly, he was a meandering wreck for the Galaxy’s back half of the season, wandering in and out of possession, lifting bored long balls to no one and generally not doing much of anything. In the team’s final game of the season – a 3-2 loss to the Sounders in the playoffs – Gerrard groped his way blindly through a match that left him behind. He only attempted 44 passes, did not even attempt a single tackle and left behind a heat map that looked like it had been left in an arctic ice block.

The old Gerrard is clearly there, somewhere, but he’s been washed out by the white noise of boredom, age and a faltering set of skills that leaves him somewhere above broken and somewhere well below useful.

And he costs the Galaxy $6 million per year.

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Written by Will Parchman

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Luciano Acosta arrived on whispering winds from the south as thunderclaps rumbled impotently in the European east. There is nothing easy about scouting and securing South American players, and it is a quiet business for a league constantly looking for splashes and attention. But when it works, it works.

Acosta himself is a ice pick swung at the ice cliffs of MLS narrative, a human representation of a break in dragging conversation. Acosta is not expensive, is in his playing prime, is 5-foot-3, originated from a legendary selling club monitored intently by everyone in the world, and he came to MLS. The league of defenders with gigantism and a deeper stable of defensive midfielders than any other position.

Acosta, when he’s played, has been quality uncommon to MLS. Go figure.

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Orlando City’s bareknuckle fight to get a new stadium inside the Orlando city limits has been… bloody. The financials and political wrangling involved is mind-bending, so it’s worth looking over Elliott Turner’s excellent summation for Vice here.

Jumping in without a primer on all this is a bit like watching the second half of The Departed and trying to puzzle out what you’re watching. You may get there (you won’t get there), but black holes abound.

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Somebody hit the alarms. All of the alarms. The Zlatan Eventuality is here.

Ibra is coming.

(Maybe).

(Probably).

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