1. DaMarcus Beasley is expected to miss 4-6 weeks following successful arthroscopic surgery
to treat his left knee. Houston Dynamo
coach Wilmer Cabrera started Beasley, 36, in all four games in the Concacaf Champions League but hasn't used him in the Dynamo's first three MLS games to limit the wear and tear on Beasley's body. 2. Curtis Anderson, who started for England's 2017 Under-17 World Cup team, has joined the USL's Charlotte
from Manchester City. He has been playing for Manchester City teams in the Premier League 2 and the UEFA Youth League but has yet to play at the senior level. The 18-year-old
Anderson is the Independence's second major acquisition following the signing of 2018 MAC Hermann Award winner Andrew Gutman on loan from Celtic after a loan move to Nashville SC fell through.
3. NISA announced Trey Brantley and Southfund Partners as the owners of the Atlanta club
in its new league that is slated to begin
play later in the year. The league received provisional sanctioning from U.S. Soccer as a Division 3 league. NISA has revealed eight markets for its first season -- Providence, Connecticut,
Philadelphia, Charlotte, Central Florida, Los Angeles and San Diego, in addition to Atlanta -- though key details in many markets -- owners and stadiums -- remain sketchy.