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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, September 4, 2014

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One final day of prep work before FC Dallas heads to Utah.

Matej Divizna

This week is flying by for me as we're gearing up towards the weekend. Last night saw three games in league play, none really effected FC Dallas more than the next.

// FC Dallas //

Span and Top savor short return to Texas | Dallas Soccer News

Here is a nice little check in with Brian Span and Jonathan Top, both of whom were back in town recently to play with the Reserve team and for Span, he was on the bench for the main team. I'm still very curious to see what comes of these two after this season.

Playoff picture | FCDallas.com

The club decided to take a quick gander at the playoff picture for the team. At this point to just be in the playoffs, it looks like having Vancouver and Portland drop some games will help out.

// MLS //

Sounders hammer Chivas 4-2 | Sounder At Heart

Sigi Schmid says this isn't the year that Seattle has a late season collapse.

Is Lee Nguyen in the MVP race? | MLSSoccer.com

Nice to see the Dallas-native doing so well these days. Last night he had another strong performance against the defending MLS Cup champs.

Complete list of all MLS players called up for international duty | MLSSoccer.com

As you know by now, Blas Perez is on this list. He's the lone FCD player.

Video tour of new San Jose stadium | MLSSoccer.com

The new digs for the Quakes open in six months. If you haven't seen photos of this facility while under construction, do a favor and look at them. The stands are going to feel right on top of the pitch at this place.

Ben Olsen close to signing a contact extension | Black and Red United

Good news for Olsen if you ask me. Even better that DCU was patient with him after last season.

// USMNT //

Philosophy is key in victory | SI.com

The US began a new World Cup cycle yesterday in Europe with a young lineup. Emerson Hyndman even got an appearance.

First impressions of the USMNT during the new cycle | SI.com

Grant Wahl checks in with his thoughts on yesterday's game.