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The Blue Links - March 31st

Gameday links!

MLS: Toronto FC at Sporting KC Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

MLS Standings | MLS Power Rankings

Five points from three games has SKC sitting in 5th place in the west. Toronto FC are an exact mirror image in east, in 5th place with five points. In the power rankings, KC is at a lukewarm #8. They get to face TFC who is at #3 and pumped up for the home opener. BUT every time I think there is going to be an obvious loss, SKC pulls one out somehow.

Top MLS matches follow this weekend

Both matches on Fox Sports 1 tonight should be really fun. We get to watch the boys spoil Toronto’s home opener and then Atlanta United FC gets a real test against the Sounders at The CLink.

Injury Report

This is the latest from the team on the injuries. Benny is for sure out. Saad Abdul-Salaam, Erik Palmer-Brown and Cameron Iwasa have all been taken off the injury report and are available tonight.

By The Numbers

Dom Dwyer has four goals & two assists in his last four matches vs TFC. Also, Soony Saad has scored THREE goals against them in his career - he’s scored eight goals total.

Zendejas recalled from Rangers

He started between the pipes for SPR on Wednesday night. PV must want Zendejas as his backup to Melia. This recall makes me think that Andrew Dykstra is basically just here to hang out.

Swope Park Rangers have won 7 straight home matches

SPR defeated Timbers 2 with a 1-0 victory to start off the season with two straight wins. Going back to last year and the playoff run, they have won seven straight at The Zoo.

Tyler Pasher’s strange journey to MLS

This article looks at the wild ride Pasher has gone through to get to professional soccer and asserts the importance of a professional league in Canada.

Seth Sinovic on why the back four work so well together

The familiarity this back line has with each other is phenomenal. Sinovic and Besler have literally played together their whole lives. This is all a very good sign and is so incredibly important in Peter Vermes’ system.

FC Dallas lock down head coach Oscar Pareja long term

This is well deserved obviously and a great move from Dallas. He led FCD to the Supporter’s Shield and US Open Cup last year and was named 2016 MLS Coach of the Year.

Vancouver Whitecaps trade Kekuta Manneh to Columbus for Tony Tchani

The Whitecaps get $225k in targeted allocation money and $75k in general allocation money in the deal.

Westboro Baptist Church member protests in Sporting KC shirt

I leave you with Matt Besler in a very cozy robe