MLS Preseason: In the news ...

1. Speculation swirled throughout Monday about the whereabouts of Toronto FC star Sebastian Giovinco. At the end of the day, he was still in the Los Angeles area and receiving treatment for a leg ailment. Giovinco, the highest-paid player in MLS in 2018, is in the final year of his contract and there have been reports out of Italy that Saudi Arabia's Al-Hilal would like to buy him. TFC is currently training at UC Irvine to prepare for the Concacaf Champions League, which starts in three weeks.

-- MLS Preseason: 2019 scoreboard

2. In its first game under new coach Caleb Porter, the Columbus Crew tied Japan's Vissel Kobe, 0-0. Most of the regulars from 2018 started for the Crew except for Zack Steffen, Wil Trapp and Gyasi Zardes, who are with the U.S. national team, coached by former Crew coach Gregg Berhalter. One of the players who came on in the second half against Vissel Kobe was Berhalter's son, academy player Sebastian Berhalter.

3. The house-cleaning at Vancouver continues in anticipation of Marc Dos Santos' first season as head coach. The latest player to depart: Venezuelan forward Anthony Blondell, loaned to Chile's Huachipato FC for the 2019 season after just one season in MLS (one goal in 18 games). The other Whitecap forwards from a year ago are also gone: Kei Kamara (Colorado) and Erik Hurtado (Sporting KC). The only forward listed on the current roster is 19-year-old academy signing Theo Bair.
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