Rounding up the latest news developments around the league today:
3:11 pm ET - Dynamo signing update
Houston Dynamo head coach Tab Ramos provided fans with the latest update on the Mateo Bajamich front:
Tab Ramos also mentioning that Mateo Bajamich will be available to train next week and has expressed to him he wants to play! Tab Ramos says "We have to manage him properly."— Glenn Davis (@GlennDavisSoc) October 22, 2020
3:07 pm ET - Rusnak returns
Some good news for Real Salt Lake, who are on the outside looking in when it comes to the playoff places in the West with a big Week 20 match against FC Dallas on Saturday (9:30 p.m. ET):
Freddy Juarez said on Zoom that Albert Rusnák will be available for selection Saturday. #RSL— Alex Vejar (@AlexVReporting) October 22, 2020
2:57 pm ET - Be "scared" of the Crew
Columbus Crew SC part owner Dr. Pete Edwards is feeling good about the impending return of Darlington Nagbe and Lucas Zelarayan to the Crew lineup:
And we eventually found out from head coach Caleb Porter himself: The Crew's three injured starters will play "some part" in the match on Saturday in Houston (8 p.m. ET):
Caleb Porter said Darlington Nagbe, Lucas Zelarayan and Eloy Room will all factor in Saturday's match at Houston.— Jacob Myers (@_jcmyers) October 22, 2020
He said they'll still have to evaluate how much time they'll get, and #Crew96 will manage their usage in the final five games.
2:30 pm ET - Cubo's drought
Atlanta forward Cubo Torres revealed he's working with a mental coach in an effort to get his first goal for Atlanta United since joining the club as a replacement for Josef Martinez:
Cubo Torres is confident he'll score soon. Torres said that he's working closely with his personal sports psychologist.— Felipe Cárdenas (@FelipeCar) October 22, 2020
"This is something I know how to do. The team is putting me in a place to score." #ATLUTD
2:27 pm ET - Dotson out "for weeks"
The tackle by Houston's Adam Lundkvist on Hassani Dotson (watch it here), has apparently resulted in a long-term injury to Minnesota's reliable do-it-all Hassan Dotson:
News: #MNUFC midfielder Hassani Dotson will be out for weeks with an ankle injury — potentially season-ending —suffered in a brutal tackle from Houston defender Adam Lundkvist on Sunday.#Loons manager Adrian Heath called it one of worst he's seen and an obvious red card.— Andy Greder (@andygreder) October 22, 2020
2:07 pm ET - MNUFC on positive tests
The Athletic's Jeff Rueter reports that center back Jose Aja and star playmaker Emanuel "Bebelo" Reynoso are expected to play this weekend after testing positive for COVID-19.
#MNUFC confirms that José Aja and Emanuel Reynoso were the two players who tested positive for COVID-19. Aja trained today, Reynoso expected to train tomorrow. Both are expected to play this weekend— Jeff Rueter (@jeffrueter) October 22, 2020
2:00 pm ET - Miami defender is back
After missing five straight league matches after a clash of heads in a Sept. 27 match against the Union, Inter Miami's Andres Reyes has returned to training:
1:43 pm ET - Glass's future in Atlanta
Atlanta United's interim manager was asked about his prospects of taking over the club and he indicated the answer would be coming after the season:
I asked Stephen Glass if #ATLUTD's FO has given him a timeline regarding his interim status. End of season was Glass's answer, but he added that his status could change at anytime.— Felipe Cárdenas (@FelipeCar) October 22, 2020
Glass feels that his staff is "more than capable of handling the group."
1:15 pm ET - Sounders injury report
Seattle released their injury report this morning ahead of tonight's match and Joevin Jones and Brad Smith are the notable absences. The good news is that academy product Danny Leyva is off the list.
Danny Leyva has returned to full training -- Schmetzer noted he used his foot injury as a chance to bulk up -- but won't feature. Otherwise, Jones (ankle), Smith (hamstring) and Muse (concussion) remain out. pic.twitter.com/tes6uxo1Vi— Jeremiah Oshan (@JeremiahOshan) October 22, 2020
1 pm ET - SKC II to stay in USL
On the heels of the announcement by Portland, Orlando and Philadelphia to withdraw from USL competitions, Sporting KC's Peter Vermes pronounced himself on his club's position:
12:37 pm ET - Reinforcements for Orlando
Orlando City's two newest signings will be available for the match against Inter Miami this Saturday (3:30 p.m. ET on Univision/Twitter):
Pareja also confirms Alexander Alvarado is fully cleared and available against #InterMiamiCF -- Pareja did add he's in no rush to play Alvarado, who is still getting used to training.— Mike Gramajo (@byMikeGramajo) October 22, 2020
kudos to @jpoe24601 for following up on that.
12:24 pm ET - Pizarro cleared
Seems like all the players who were away on national team duty are now ready to return for their clubs. Add Rodolfo Pizarro to that list:
Inter Miami head coach Diego Alonso confirms that Rodolfo Pizarro will be available for Saturday's match vs. Orlando City. ✅— Franco Panizo (@FrancoPanizo) October 22, 2020
Pizarro has missed the last four games because he went on international duty and had to undergo a subsequent mandatory quarantine period.#InterMiamiCF pic.twitter.com/HUoDHHqjIH
11:51 am ET - Brujo's back
With his quarantine completed, Jose "El Brujo" Martinez will be back patrolling the midfield for the Philadelphia Union. Although head coach Jim Curtin went on to add that Warren Creavalle will likely not be available and fullback Matt Real also picked up an injury:
Also, Matt Real has a hamstring injury. https://t.co/y8qAhmzTb3— Jonathan Tannenwald (@thegoalkeeper) October 22, 2020
Curtin calls Toronto FC the best team they’ve played this year— x - Brotherly Game (@BrotherlyGame) October 22, 2020
11:41 am ET - D.C. injury updates
D.C. interim head coach Chad Ashton provided an update on three potential starters:
Chad Ashton says Bill Hamid (illness) and Junior Moreno (hamstring) are "probable" Sat at Atlanta after missing 2 matches.— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) October 22, 2020
Yordy Reyna, who has returned to training after out 4 matches, is "moving along nice. [But] we haven't had enough time given how long he had to quarantine"