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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, March 27, 2014

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Timbers are on the horizon.

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

This week is blowing by nicely here as we gear up for FC Dallas' next match with the Portland Timbers. We have plenty to get to around here today to begin preparing you for the game.

But first, here are some morning links.

// FC Dallas //

Pareja forced to tinker again with his midfield | Soccerly

Who Pareja opts to go in the center of the midfield will be the biggest question all of us have this week.

Hedges becoming a more vocal leader | Dallas Soccer News

Year three is already a big one for Matt Hedges.

Loyd getting closer to returning | FCDallas.com

I still believe having him healthy will only make Kellyn Acosta work harder.

Will Ulloa get his chance? | MLSSoccer.com

Injuries and suspensions could help get Victor Ulloa on the field.

Reasons to believe in FCD | US Soccer Players

Good stuff here on why people around the league need to take watch in what FCD is doing in 2014.

// MLS //

A little deeper look at the Seattle-Portland rivalry | SBNation.com

A lovely long form article on this rivalry.

MLS Insider nominated for Emmy | MLSSoccer.com

Good to hear that this amazing series is getting the proper praise that it deserves.

MLS DC drops hammer on several players | MLSSoccer.com

Oh look, our old pal Jackson picked up a suspension.

// USMNT //

Want to go to Brazil? You better impress | MLSSoccer.com

The road to Brazil is really heating up for the USMNT.

// USL & NASL //

The clash in Oklahoma City isn't over | Reckless Challenge

Two teams in OKC won't last in the lower leagues, my money is still on the USL PRO sides.