Monday Postgame: Loans are winding down as regular season approaches

Preseason picks up steam as First Kick nears

Monday Postgame - 2.13.12

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As MLSsoccer.com's John Bolster writes, "We are barreling through the days toward First Kick 2012 like the explorer ripping through coins in 'Temple Run.' Fewer than four weeks separate MLS fans and the start of the league’s 17th season, when it will welcome its 19th team and third franchise in Canada.

With anticipation rising, a trio of MLS loan products approached the end of their European stints in style, the league’s teams shored up their rosters with late acquisitions and preseason matches went full tilt.

There was also a landmark change in the US approach to youth development, and the league’s newest soccer specific stadium (in Houston) rounded into shape ahead of its May curtain raiser."

Give the latest Monday Postgame from MLSsoccer.com a read. What are your thoughts on MLS loaners to Europe and where do you see the Timbers heading as preseason 2012 contines apace?