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Big D Daily: News for Friday, April 10, 2015

It is game day!!

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Nothing like a game day edition of the morning links to get your Friday off on the right foot. FC Dallas host the Colorado Rapids later this evening and we have plenty to discuss with that one. First, let us dive into the links.

// FC Dallas //

Returning home a recipe for a bounce back? | Dallas Soccer News

FCD has done well in recent years in bouncing back from a loss. Time to prove that they are still a contending team here tonight.

Earle and Zendejas enjoy rite of passage | Dallas Morning News

Nothing like a little rookie haircut. We haven't seen a ton of Otis Earle or Alex Zendejas on the field for FCD but if we do this weekend, they will be sporting some not-so friendly haircuts thanks to Blas Perez.

Keys to the match |

The FCD digital guys break down the top points to tonight's game.

FCD looking to put Portland game behind them |

The best way to put a game like that behind them is to go out tonight and dominate at home.

// MLS //

Insider: beards, tattoos and defending in Portland |

I always have enjoyed the MLS Insider pieces and this one on the Timbers is pretty interesting too. I still can't get over Nat Borchers' beard.

LAFC roundtable, looking for a name | The Goat Parade

MLS's next expansion side, or one of them really, held a little roundtable discussion the other days with some media and fans online. I have to say, who ever is running their social media is not helping their cause with the fans around the league.

Johnson's career likely over due to heart condition | ProSoccerTalk

I have to admit, I'm really bummed to hear that Eddie Johnson's best days in soccer are behind us here.

MLS shifts Montreal's April 25 game for CCL | ESPNFC

As you might expect, MLS is placing some value on the CCL final for Montreal by helping them out in moving a league game with San Jose.

Red Bulls upset over early season scheduling in 2015 | SBI

I can see where some teams aren't exactly happy with how the schedule has been to them thus far here. Several clubs have already had a week off, others have had two weeks off already. Tough to get any momentum that way.

Dayton could be a hotbed for MLS | Biz Journals

Dayton, OH? Really? Get a USL team and then we'll see. Funny that there was a report that stated Dayton and 36 other cities could fully support soccer. Alright then.

NASL's place in a crowded landscape | ESPNFC

The US's second division continues to get some spotlight treatment.

Alright, that should do it for now. What do you all have to say today?