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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, April 20, 2016

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Moving closer and closer to the weekend.

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We're at the midway point in the week, which means we're almost ready for another FC Dallas game.

// FC Dallas //

Perez ready for special match against his old club |

It is going to be awfully strange this weekend seeing Blas Perez in another uniform.

Loyd stepping up with Hedges out | Dallas Morning News

It shouldn't be a shocker to see that veteran defender Zach Loyd will be called on more in the coming weeks with Matt Hedges out. I just wonder if we're in store for more rotation on the back line these next few weeks or if things will finally settle down.

Big D Soccer interview with Drew Epperley | The Betting Runner Blog

I did a brief interview recently about BDS and other FCD related matter. Also, I hated that last question. Heart said Bobby Rhine, head said Jason Kreis. I'm sure others will disagree either way.

// MLS //

Ivy League students build a MLS roster |

Imagine you have a school project and it is to do this. Seriously, where was this class when I was in school? Oh well, this is fascinating stuff as the winning team has a couple FCD guys on it. I do think the project would have been better had the students had to deal with building a full 28-man roster with things like allocation money and TAM.

Jones wins our Player of the Week |

While the league's official player of the week was Gio dos Santos, SBN's poll picked Jermaine Jones. You can see how I voted here as well. I went homer, for a good reason.

Pappa out with MCL sprain | Burgundy Wave

One of the key players for Colorado so far this season has been Marco Pappa. MCL sprains are a pain in the butt too, so that one will be tough to get over.

United not looking at wholesale changes just yet | Black and Red United

It has been a struggle at times this season for DCU but Ben Olsen says they aren't willing to throw in the towel on anything just yet and make sweeping changes to their team.

MLS announces elevated security measures at all 20 stadiums |

MLS has been pretty relaxed over the years at their stadiums with regards to some things. This pretty much will cover their butts for a little while.

Inside the construction of Atlanta United FC | FourFourTwo

If you are curious about one of the next expansion teams and how they are coming together, here is a good start.