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Big D Daily: News for Friday, April 3, 2015

FC Dallas heads to Portland today.

Learn the name Weston McKinney folks.
Learn the name Weston McKinney folks.
Olivia Brestal / FC Dallas

The weekend is nearly here as FC Dallas is going west to battle the Timbers this weekend. We'll dive into that soon enough but first here are your morning links.

// FC Dallas //

10 FCD teams qualify for Dallas Cup knockout round matches | FCDallas.com

Lots of young FCD talent on hand this weekend as teams move on to the title brackets.

FCD stumbles on PKs in GA Cup semifinal | MLSSoccer.com

Bummer. But boy did those guys play their butts off against a strong German side. I wouldn't be shocked if we continue to hear names like Weston McKinney or Devin Vega. Both of those guys looked very good in this game, McKinney in particular showed he can control a game.

// MLS //

Nagbe's evolution and future in the US midfield | MLSSoccer.com

Time to scout tomorrow's opponent a bit with a look at the Dallas killer, Darlington Nagbe.

Red Bulls surging after wild offseason | Fox Soccer

I have to admit, after one month of play, the Red Bulls may be one of the most surprising teams in MLS. They're actually pretty fun to watch right now.

MLS isn't the only home for American's soccer boom | World Soccer Talk

Look out, some of the pro-rel guys are going to be all over this one. Still, this is a very well thought out piece by Simon Evans.

Sounds cite financial reasons for waiving Cooper | MLSSoccer.com

He did come at a hefty cost. Interesting to hear about how all of this has gone down. Really makes you think that the players didn't get any kind of win in the CBA talks after all.

Van der Vaart open to coming to American | ESPNFC

But the big question will be does he end up in KC like all the rumors state he will. Listening to Counter Attack radio the other day, Peter Vermes mades it sound like the money part of it all was likely going to keep him away form SKC.

Just call him Innocent | Center Line Soccer

I don't think this is a DP perk to have one's first name on the back of a jersey (guys like Juninho and Mix aren't DPs)...so why can't Tesho get his wish here MLS?

US Senators want FIFA to pull out of Russia | ESPNFC

Uh, sure. Good luck with that guys and gals in Washington. Good luck.