SHORT TAKES

 

• As expected, MLS declined to announce a start date for Minnesota United FC at the league’s meetings and draft this week in Baltimore. The best guess is that MLS is waiting for final legislative approval of the team’s planned Midway-area stadium, before giving the official green light for the Loons to join MLS in 2017.

• U.S. Soccer officially announced that the women’s national team will host England, Germany and France in March, bringing together four of the world’s five best teams. The “SheBelieves Cup,” despite its unfortunate name, should provide an excellent test for all four sides ahead of the Summer Olympics — and give us an indication of the probable favorite for gold.

• Despite impressing many at the MLS combine, Minnesota native and St. Louis University standout Tyler David was not selected in the first two rounds of the MLS SuperDraft. The third and fourth rounds will take place via conference call Tuesday; David, ranked as the third-best center back available in the draft by MLS analyst Matthew Doyle, can expect to hear his name called at some point.