Wednesday's soccer news starts with a basic question in the lead up to the final day of the 2017 MLS regular season. What's good enough in 2017? What stops a team from triggering an attempt at a rebuild? What has fans looking forward to next season even for a team that doesn't make the playoffs? Is that even possible in a league where a dozen teams make the postseason?
It's certainly not for the team currently in 7th-place in the East and out of the playoffs. The New England Revolution happily tipped their hand for their offseason plans by firing Jay Heaps last month. Anything they might've salvaged in 2017 would be fine, but their focus was clear. What about Montreal, three points behind them but far more importantly 29 points behind the Supporters' Shield winners Toronto?
In the West, what counts as good enough is more of an open question. Three teams could take the final playoff spot. It's a safe assumption that either San Jose, Dallas, and Real Salt Lake will use that to justify a tough regular season. Dallas is a disappointment, dropping points with a team that many people saw as a contender. Is a last ditch effort that ends with them in 6th-place good enough? What if it turns into a playoff run?
Staying in MLS, The Columbus Dispatch's Josh Horton talks to Columbus Crew fans. MLSsoccer.com's Simon Veness has Orlando City coach Jason Kreis planning on an offseason revamp. Soccer America's Paul Kennedy updates the filings for the NASL lawsuit.
ESPN FC's David Mooney makes the case for what Manchester City is doing. Goal.com's Joe Wright on Manchester United's tactics. The Guardian's Sid Lowe on Spurs getting a point at Real Madrid. Inside World Football's Samindra Kunti on the difficulties building the Eurostadium in Brussels. FourFourTwo's Seb Stafford-Bloor asks why there aren't more individual entertainers in modern soccer. World Soccer's Brian Glanville draws a line before and after Arjen Robben with the Netherlands.
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