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Big D Daily: News for Friday, April 22, 2016

The weekend is almost here!

MLS: Sporting KC at FC Dallas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

FC Dallas is back on the road this weekend as they head to Canada to face the Whitecaps.

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Barrios is reaching new heights | FCDallas.com

Around the league we tend to talk about big additions like Didier Drogba and players like that but one guy that has been fairly consistent over the last year and a half that continues to get overlooked is Michael Barrios.

Battling Blas will just be like old times | FCDallas.com

Blas Perez gets his first shot against FCD this weekend but thankfully there are enough players on FCD's side of things that know him well.

Also there is this:

The three amigos are back together!

Struggling Caps relish matchup with Dallas | Goal.com

Vancouver hasn't scored in three weeks. They also haven't had a goal from the run of play since the opening week of the season. So yeah, they're ready for this one.

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The Drogba effect: The making of a legend | MLSSoccer.com

Another long piece on the league's website but this one is rather good if you are like me and have been a fan of Drogba.

Sigi Schmid Injury Quote Assessment Tool | Sounder at Heart

This is rather clever. I would say we could do one like this for Oscar Pareja but we all know how injuries are discussed around these parts.

Nocerino has started slow with Orlando | The Mane Land

Antinio Nocerino was one of the big prized signings this offseason for Orlando after they swooped in and took him from DCU. But so far he hasn't adapted to MLS quite as quickly as they'd probably hoped for.

Garber: Youth players can earn more valuable minutes in MLS | ESPNFC.com

So the debate about youth players playing in MLS versus overseas was brought back up again. I lean more towards with what Don Garber is saying but I do agree that every case is different.

Sacramento and St. Louis remain expansion frontrunners | ESPNFC.com

More of the same comments from earlier in the week on expansion in the league.

Garber on expansion, NWSL, and equal pay | SI.com

It seems like Garber is everywhere lately talking about expansion but he did offer up some strong comments on the situation in the women's game with equal pay.