• Minnesota United’s signing of defender Francisco Calvo is an excellent sign for the Loons. Calvo played almost every game for Deportivo Saprissa, the Costa Rican champion, which is consistently one of CONCACAF’s best club teams. Saprissa might not have much in the way of name recognition, but this is an excellent move.

• Swansea City fired Bob Bradley this week, just 11 games after making him the first American to manage a Premier League team. It’s clear to everyone but Swansea ownership that the Swans simply aren’t good enough to compete right now. Firing Bradley, before he had the chance to bring in other players in January, is an overreaction.

• Liga MX games all seem to have an operatic quality, but the second leg of this year’s fall season final might have taken the dramatic cake. Both teams had two players sent off and finished the game with nine players. A brawl between the teams broke out at the end of the first half of extra time. Club América took the lead early in extra time, but Tigres scored with two minutes to go in the extra session and won the league title on penalties.