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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, March 31, 2016

April is almost here as FC Dallas preps for Columbus.

Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports

The weekend ahead should be a good one as FC Dallas hosts Columbus.

// FC Dallas //

Similarities between Columbus and FCD |

Both were teams that I picked to do well this year but so far the Crew have been struggling to get things going here.

Urruti showing that he is the club's No. 9 |

So far the three goals in four games is a good return on Maximiliano Urruti. I still think we all agree that we'd like to have seen one more attacker brought in to the mix here but maybe once Carlos Lizarazo gets going he will be enough.

// MLS //

The next wave of academy talent in MLS |

Matt Doyle did a little Q&A type post yesterday about the academy system in the league. He also goes into how New York signed six or seven HGPs in the offseason and then recently waived half of them. At least we know things are working well here with our HGPs.

Raising the Ruckus (part 1) | Dirty South Soccer

I bet you didn't know that Atlanta was very close to being on of the original MLS cities. Here is a nice long explanation to their history with this league.

Timbers players discuss their favorite Portland kids | Stumptown Footy

Portland has had some interesting kits over the few seasons they've been in MLS. My favorite has been their white retro kit or their most recent dark green third kit.

Kaka urging Casillas to make MLS move |

Kaka is starting to be a big time spokesperson for the league here. He wants all of his friends from South American and Europe to play in this league. Now if he can only attract some younger talent.

// USMNT //

Which MLS players left with Olympic qualifying with their reputations intact |

Lets just say that it wasn't a good week away for Kellyn Acosta. But at least people get that he was out of his element at fullback on the international stage.

Where the US youth need improvement |

Since 2011, the US youth squads have missed out on at least one major tournament each year. Not good for the technical director Jurgen Klinsmann.

Klinsmann to blame for USMNT regression | Slate

Some bold statements in this piece but all worth examining.