• Minnesota United FC announced three big moves this week, making Manny Lagos the club’s sporting director, promoting assistant coach Carl Craig to head coach and signing Stefano Pinho, last year’s leading scorer in the NASL. All three moves should bolster the team next season in the NASL, though many have argued the moves were made with an eye toward MLS.

 

• MLS Commissioner Don Garber suggested that the league could break next summer for the centenary edition of Copa America, which is planned for June in the U.S. “We’re very seriously considering taking a two-week break,” he said, though he noted the league’s Board of Governors would still have to rubber-stamp any schedule alteration. If approved, the move would be a nice change for MLS, which infamously refuses to pause its season for FIFA-mandated international dates.

 

• The U.S. women’s national team will skip next March’s edition of the Algarve Cup, not playing in the tournament in Portugal for the first time since 1997. U.S. Soccer hasn’t announced a reason for not playing in a competition that is usually one of the team’s best tests each year.