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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, October 13, 2016

Seattle drops points at home to Houston last night.

MLS: U.S. Open Cup Final-New England Revolution vs FC Dallas Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The week rolls closer to the weekend here as MLS teams were back in action last night.

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Construction finally beginning to happen at Toyota Stadium | Big D Soccer

Yesterday FCD’s media folks began posting a few videos like this one to show that things are finally starting to happen in the south end of the stadium.

What FCD needs to happen on Wednesday and Thursday | Big D Soccer

You can mark off one thing from Wednesday’s game with Seattle dropping some points and some key players in the draw with Houston. Now we just need San Jose to work some magic tonight.

Pareja’s first 100 games with FCD | FCDallas.com

This is a really cool post that FCD put together on Oscar Pareja’s first 100 games here. I’m terrible at math, so I had no idea he reached that milestone this year. Well done Papi.

Week off was big for a group of FCD players | FCDallas.com

I know a lot of the team got a well deserved vacation last week. Players like Mauro Diaz went back to Argentine to see family, and this group of players went fishing in Florida.

Zimmerman and Hedges continue to press after USMNT snub | MLSSoccer.com

I was okay with the snub this month (gotta rest those legs when you can) but if they fail to get a January call next year, I will be pissed.

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Seattle fails to clinch playoff spot with draw against Houston | Sounder at Heart

On one hand, we’ll take this result as it saw guys like Osvaldo Alonso get suspended for Sunday. But on the other hand, it makes Seattle that much more desperate for points come Sunday.

There is hope for those eliminated clubs in 2017 | MLSSoccer.com

The season is not technically over but for a group of clubs they won’t see any more action after next week until 2017. It will be interesting to see where these clubs actually do go though in the offseason.

Aiding stars like Nicolas Lodeiro settle into MLS is a science and art | ESPNFC.com

We’ve seen it here before in Dallas with a foreign player settling in after a midseason transfer. It takes some time, patience and a bit of luck too. Some guys get it right away while others learn the complex nature of the league with the travel. Also, there are some good quotes from some FCD folks in this one.

Bradley Wright-Phillips is a MLS superstar | ESPNFC.com

He’s not a major household name but I kind of get the argument here.

Why BWP will win the MVP (and why he won’t) | FourFourTwo

And more on BWP’s MVP chances.

Opta’s 18 most interesting stats entering the weekend | FourFourTwo

Yay stats.