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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, September 2, 2015

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The long holiday weekend continues to come closer.

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Labor Day weekend is nearly here as FC Dallas is getting ready to battle Columbus.

// FC Dallas //

Call to Colombia was a surprise for Castillo | Dallas Morning News

It was a surprise for many fans too but one that we're all happy to see happen for Fabian Castillo.

Academy teams start off season strong | FCDallas.com

It is a new season for the FCD Academy squads and they are off to a good new season after this past week as only the U13s failed to complete the sweep of local academy Solar.

Akindele using Canada call-ups to improve his game | MLSSoccer.com

Another young player earning call ups for this team is Tesho Akindele. He's been relatively quiet this season but I think we're about to see some good stuff out of him in the coming weeks.

Frisco could be the home of the Soccer Hall of Fame | Washington Post

I had every intention of talking about this yesterday but time ran out on me. Anyways, it appears that one of the worst kept secrets in US soccer is coming closer to happening here for us all.

// MLS //

State of MLS with eight weeks to go | Sounder at Heart

The win this past weekend along with the losses around FCD in the standings helped a bunch. It is still going to be a dogfight to get one of those top two seeds out of the West though. FCD really needs LA or Vancouver to take a stumble in the coming weeks.

Crew dealing with players missing | Massive Report

Getting a little ahead of ourselves for this weekend as FCD's opponent is dealing with a ton of players out for international duty this week. The big one may be seeing that Kei Kamara won't be available this week for the Crew. I'm sure Matt Hedges and Zach Loyd will be fine with that.

Injury prevents Giovinco from making his return to Italy's national team | SI.com

Well, that is a bummer indeed.

Besler sees strong competition for starting roles | ESPNFC.com

It was a good thing to see Matt Besler called up by Jurgen Klinsmann again here. Took him long enough.

Trouble brewing in Tampa | Total MLS

The Rowdies of the NASL aren't doing so hot these days and seeing how they recently canned their coach in the middle of the night, seeing stuff like this doesn't help matters out. It is a shame too, I really believe Tampa could be a great market again for MLS.