MLS has reached its annual All-Star festivities, and the league's two hottest teams are ones who previously occupied last place in their respective conferences, while its leader staved off a challenge from last season's champion prior to a star-laden showdown vs. Atletico Madrid.
New seasons mean new opportunities, and for a number of U.S. internationals the campaigns ahead are filled with importance, expectation and hope. Here's a primer for what the core group of Americans abroad are facing over the next year.
Two of MLS's best rivalries did not disappoint, while the New England Revolution keep cruising under Bruce Arena and Atlanta United is sneakily in position to return to the top of the Eastern Conference after MLS Week 20.
The start of the women's soccer tournament at the Olympics is a year away, and while the U.S. women are still celebrating their World Cup success, it's not too soon to take a glimpse at who may be trying to win gold in Tokyo.