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Big D Daily: News for Monday, November 14, 2016

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The US lost in Columbus...time to find a new location right?

The Hexagonal portion of the World Cup Qualifying didn’t get off to a great start for the United States on Friday.

// FC Dallas //

Hedges picks up the Defender of the Year award | Big D Soccer

Not a landslide victory in this race but enough for another award in the trophy case this season as Matt Hedges earns the top defensive honors for the year. Teammate Walker Zimmerman came in fourth.

Should FCD take a chance on Terrance Boyd | Big D Soccer

We pondered this over the weekend despite the injury concerns and the fact that there are no concrete rumors out there linking him to the club. Eh, why not?

Hedges brings consistency to the field |

It is pretty clear that when he is out there, the club plays better and is more organized in the back than when he is not out there.

Players react to Hedges winning the award |

As you might expect, his teammates were pretty pumped for him to pick up the award too.

Clavijo and Schmetzer have a ‘very good history’ together | Sounder at Heart

It should be no surprise that Schmetzer was FC Dallas’ plan B had Oscar Pareja not left Colorado a couple years ago. I know Fernando pushed hard for him during all the interview stages.

// MLS //

Howard out after injury in loss versus Mexico | Burgundy Wave

The hopes for the Rapids to get past Seattle took a big hit on Friday as Tim Howard came down with an injured adductor.

Chicago enters the Schwiensteiger race | Hot Time In Old Town

I am pretty sure we don’t have to worry too much about FC Dallas being interested in the German star anymore.

The pros and cons of Schwiensteiger in Chicago |

So there may be a little more meat in this rumor if we’re getting posts like this one.

// US vs Mexico //

Normally a strength, US undone by set pieces |

Something about the game never felt right to me going into it and from the start, the Mexicans seemed to have the upper hand.

Rafa Marquez delivers late dagger to the US | SBNation

Our old pal Rafa Marquez was doing the dirty work that he normally does.

Osoiro out coaches Klinsmann in first Hex game |

Yep, it was pretty obvious who got the better end of the result in this one.

Can the USMNT bounce back against Costa Rica? |

In some way, having two of the toughest games out of the gate is a good thing but if you go down 0-2-0 in those games to start the Hex, your path to a World Cup is going to be a tough one.