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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, September 24, 2015

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FCD got some help in the standings last night.

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The playoff race continues to get hotter after last night's results in Montreal and Houston.

// FC Dallas //

Fabian Castillo is Evil Pikachu | MLSSoccer.com

Sometimes I don't know what to say when I see something like this on the league's website.

Ulloa and Hernandez share special bond | MLSSoccer.com

We've all known that these two are BFFs on and off the field but I wonder what it will take to get Hernandez back on the field for good again. It seems like it has been ages.

// MLS //

Dynamo get big win over SKC | Dynamo Theory

Boy, Houston went down a man for most of the second half and still came away with a result against SKC. I'm sure Dallas fans are trying to understand this kind of result.

Vermes on loss: we were just bad | MLSSoccer.com

On the other side, Peter Vermes didn't have a ton of positives to say about the result. Still, it helps FCD in the standings to see SKC lose another one.

Fire drop another one to Montreal | Hot Time In Old Town

Drogba scores his fifth goal in an Impact uniform while Chicago looks more and more like a team that will be picking first in next January's draft.

Sounders hammer Caps to get to CCL quarters | Sounder at Heart

Another big result for Seattle over their rivals Vancouver in the last couple weeks. I wonder what this will do to Vancouver's mental side of things for when it comes to the Supporters' Shield.

LA earn draw in Trinidad, book place in CCL quarters | LAG Confidential

LA struggled early in this one on the road but their reserve-heavy lineup was good enough to advance them through to the quarterfinals of the CCL.

Gerrard flies back to England to commentate on Champions League Game | Daily Mail

So Steven Gerrard didn't make the trip last night for LA in the CCL (no surprise) but instead he was back in Europe doing some color commentary? Whatever wears him out the most for Sunday's game I suppose.

Attractive soccer and MLS's quest to be one of the world's best leagues | 91st Minute

This is a fairly subjective piece that looks at some clubs from around the world and what makes them attractive to watch.

Playoff seeding projections | American Soccer Analysis

Another site doing some simulations on where everyone will land here this season. Right now FCD has a fairly decent shot to get a top two seed in the West - which right now should be the main goal of the club.