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MLS Hot Stove: Will Almiron leave Atlanta? Is Vela going to Barca? What's next for Gio in LA?

By next week, training camp will have opened for every one of the 24 teams in MLS. A few have already opened but while players are preparing to begin the real grind of preseason, the process of assembling rosters continues.

Here's the latest from the MLS Hot Stove.

Almiron talks are 'very slow'

There are two weeks left until the close of the winter transfer window in England, and the clock is ticking on the much-anticipated move of Atlanta United midfielder Miguel Almiron to the Premier League....

 By Arch Bell

Houston Hondurans return from World Cup heartbreak to suffer MLS letdown

The total flying time from Sydney to Houston is a little more than 19 hours, giving travelers ample time to spend with their thoughts.

Following Honduras' 3-1 defeat at Australia on Nov. 15 in their intercontinental playoff for a berth in the 2018 World Cup, it was undoubtedly a long, pensive flight for the Houston Dynamo's Honduran trio of Alberth Elis, Romell Quioto and Boniek Garcia. The three had to quickly shake off the deflating feeling of not going to Russia next summer and turn their...

 By Arch Bell

Experienced Seattle meets confident Houston in Western Conference final

Two teams each riding a wave of momentum lock horns in the West for a spot in MLS Cup. Here is how the Seattle Sounders and Houston Dynamo shape up heading into their Western Conference final.

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Been there, done that. This Seattle team knows all the trappings that come with a conference final, so experience is most definitely on the side of coach Brian Schmetzer's men. The Sounders also boast an impressive attacking force that can strike in various forms. If you...

MLS' best goal celebrators reveal the secrets to a great celebration

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Alberth Elis' panther crawl celebration has become one of the best in MLS this season.

The genesis for a great goal celebration can come from anywhere. Just ask Alberth Elis. The bolt of inspiration for his panther crawl started with a video game. And it wasn't even his idea.

"During preseason, I was playing FIFA with some teammates," the Houston Dynamo forward told ESPN FC. "Someone scored a goal and did that celebration. Someone told me to do that in a game. I did it after my first MLS goal."

Maxi Urruti's trademark celebration, in which he pantomimes an archer, emerged from...

 By Arch Bell

Usual suspects Mexico, U.S. and Costa Rica big favorites in Gold Cup

The 2017 Gold Cup is just days away from kicking off, so the time has arrived to make fearless predictions about what will go down in Groups A, B and C.

Group A

1. Costa Rica -- Despite the absence of Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas, Costa Rica still boast a very strong squad. Among the names are Sporting Lisbon attacking duo Bryan Ruiz and Joel Campbell, plus MLSers Rodney Wallace (New York City FC) and Johan Venegas (Minnesota United). They are sturdy in defense as well, with European-based...

 By Jason Davis

Houston's core of Honduran stars hoping to springboard into Gold Cup

Alberth Elis has six goals and three assists so far this season, helping the Dynamo soar.

Erick "Cubo" Torres leads the Houston Dynamo in scoring midway through the 2017 Major League Soccer season. The Mexican striker's revival after two moribund seasons in Texas is garnering headlines for Torres and praise for the man in overseeing his resurgence, Dynamo head coach Wilmer Cabrera.

But anyone that has watched the Dynamo play in 2017 will tell you that Torres' return to the top tier of MLS goal scorers owes a lot to a pair of new faces wearing orange: Honduran attackers Alberth Elis...