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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Kellyn Acosta picked up a start last night for the USMNT.

New Zealand v United States Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

The weekend is slowly coming into focus here as FC Dallas is getting ready to take on Seattle on Sunday.

// FC Dallas //

Why Defender of the Year belongs in Frisco | Big D Soccer

We may be biased but we think there really isn’t much debate over the whole Defender of the Year race. It should come to one of two FCD defenders.

What FCD has been able to do with their time off | Dallas Morning News

Sometimes you may be worried about a week off at this time of the year but in all respect, getting a bye week right now was needed to help players recharge before this next week.

FCD players say thank you to the fans | FCDallas.com

No guys, thank you.

// MLS //

How the Supporters’ Shield went from an internet idea to reality | MLSSoccer.com

Every wondered how the Shield ever came about? It started as an idea from a good old email list back in the mid-90s. Ah, those were the days.

Bradley reacts to Italy rumors and Toronto future | Pro Soccer Talk

Would Michael Bradley bolt Toronto at the end of the season? It kind of wouldn’t shock me to see him go.

Sounders midfield duo looking to take on Houston | Sounder at Heart

A little preview of tonight’s Seattle-Houston game. In a small way, root for Seattle to just hammer Houston and get exhausted doing so.

// USMNT //

USMNT held to a draw | Stars and Stripes FC

For a game that needed to have a little something on it, the US just never looked like a team that would put away the Kiwis.

Three things we learned from the draw with New Zealand | MLSSoccer.com

One thing not mentioned was the fact that Kellyn Acosta once again started at fullback. Ugh. Oh well, but that Julian Green goal was nice.

Kljestan relishing second chance with USMNT | Goal.com

One thing is pretty clear, Sacha Kljestan is having a monster 2016. Both club and now country.

US attacking pair make most of friendly | SI.com

And more talk about how good Kljestan and Green were in last night’s draw.