All of the current cities hoping to enter future expansion rounds are showing out. But who will come out with one of final slots? Maybe 2017 will point towards an answer.Look at these storylines already sizzling. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I’m especially looking forward to seeing a match-up between FC Dallas and the LA Galaxy. Atlanta United will also face a serious test against the Red Bulls.matches are coming to some key markets, like Nashville and Tampa. Both of the latter are currently pushing for MLS expansion sides, so this is one of their big moments to show strong local support for the game.
The former Chivas man has featured four times for his country, most recently in an April 2015 friendly defeat to the United States in San Antonio, Texas.Seattle Sounders attacker Nicolas Lodeiro and Montreal Impact central defender Laurent Ciman were both named to AS.com's "Team of the Americas" for 2016, it was announced on Friday.The sometime US international defender has spent his entire pro career in England; however, the Illinois native runs out of contract with Nottingham Forest in June. The 28-year-old has spoken of moving to an MLS club while still in his prime and, with Bruce Arena now in charge of the USMNT, might see a move home as the perfect boost to his US hopes.
Had the Toronto FC striker produced at the start of the season like he did toward the end, he'd be at the top of this list. Altidore scored 10 times and set up three other strikes in the last 14 games of the regular season, and then added five goals and four assists in six Audi MLS Cup Playoff games. On top of all that, his hold-up play, ability to earn dangerous free kicks and passing game helped the Reds offense ring up 58 goals in the 29 games he played (including the playoffs)."We are very happy to secure Aaron and reward him with the new contract," Waibel said in a statement. "With his development since joining the club, he has become an important part of our club and we are glad we will be able to keep him in an RSL uniform."
The Sporting KC playmaker may have started a bit slow, but he came on furiously as the season progressed to finish with seven goals and 13 assists. Feilhaber notched nine of those set-ups in the final 11 matches as the playmaker ensured another playoff appearance for Sporting.Real Salt Lake finalized a new contract for Aaron Maund on Saturday to bring the defender back for the 2017 season.
The Union attacker rebounded from a few particularly tough seasons to score a dozen times and add six assists as the club made its return to the postseason after being left out for five years. As a result, Pontius netted three Team of the Week nods and a well-deserved Comeback Player of the Year prize.Maund joined the club in 2013, earned a starting spot two years later and was named the team's top defender in 2015.The 23-year-old forward was loaned to the Liga MX side for the remainder of the 2016 calendar year on Sept. 3, with Cruz Azul holding the right to make the deal a permanent transfer at the conclusion of the loan period.