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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, April, 13, 2016

It is game day again!

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

And just like that we are at another game day as FC Dallas is getting ready to get revenge on Portland.

// FC Dallas vs Portland //

Diaz unlikely to go tonight in Portland | Dallas Morning News

Mauro Diaz will play when he is healthy. Where have we heard that phrase before?

It will be a tough week with two conference games | Dallas Morning News

First Portland tonight on the road and then back home against the league-leaders in SKC. Yeah, this could very well be a make or break type of week.

Urruti all business as he returns to Portland | FCDallas.com

Maximiliano Urruti is happy to make his return to Portland where he spent the last couple of years with the Timbers. But don't be surprised if he goes all out tonight in this game.

Timbers have tough lineup choices tonight | MLSSoccer.com

It isn't just that they're going to be without Darlington Nagbe tonight, they also have a slew of other injuries to deal with.

Portland must get tougher to get calls | Stumptown Footy

Right now Timber fans aren't too pleased with the effort and toughness of their club.

Nagbe escapes fracture from de Jong tackle | ESPNFC.com

He has a sprained ankle though, which I've always been told can be worse than a fracture anyways.

// MLS //

San Antonio sets their sights on MLS | MLSSoccer.com

Expansion will continue to remain a hot topic around MLS for some time as the league plans to be in Sacramento this week. I would imagine after the way things started last weekend in San Antonio though they will be traveling there as well. This piece is a bit long but it is well worth the time to spend on this morning.

More on how MLS nearly folded in 2001 | ESPNFC.com

Here is a few more quotes on how the league nearly closed things down back in the day.

No league for skilled men | Dirty South Soccer

And even more fallout from the de Jong tackle as this one looks at how all the skilled guys in the league spend some time on the injury report during the season.

Are the OC Blues coming in under the LAFC umbrella? | The Goat Parade

LAFC has already stated they want to get a USL side formed before they get into MLS, so the natural fit does seem to go for one team that isn't the Galaxy in the area.

// World Cup //

Could Mexico end up with the 2016 World Cup? | The Early Lead

This may end up being a fascinating story to watch over the next year or so. We all know the US can host a World Cup at the drop of a hat but Mexico seems to believe they could do so as well.