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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, April 7, 2016

The weekend draws near as FC Dallas gets ready to host San Jose.

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The weekend is coming up quickly here as FC Dallas continues to prep for San Jose.

// FC Dallas //

Gruezo providing some solid work in the midfield |

He's come darn close to some red cards each week but Carlos Gruezo has been doing a lot of the dirty work in the midfield for FC Dallas these last five weeks.

Looking back on FCD v SJ in 2015 |

The two sides met three times last year, including the season opener in March and the season finale in October. All three games were close and very physical.

// MLS //

Oral history of the first MLS match |

Yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of the first game in MLS. The league's website streamed that match, as well as having some live tweeting during it. Here is an excellent piece on that game and things leading up to it.

The birth of MLS, 20 years later |

ESPN too wanted to be involved in the discussion of the 20th anniversary. After all they broadcasted that first game.

First MLS season was a challenge for Arena |

Here is some more background on the first year from Bruce Arena's perspective.

A look back at the fashion disaster that was the first season | Fox Soccer

Yeah, some of those jerseys were bad. Soooo very bad. But I'd be lying if I didn't say I would love to own an old Tampa Bay Mutiny kit or even an old Dallas Burn kit.

20 years of bad MLS hilarious commercials | Fox Soccer

If these don't give you a good laugh at the start of the day, I don't know what to tell you.

How analytics will help build Atlanta's roster |

This is really cool stuff when you really boil it all down. Several teams in MLS use stats in a heavy way and Atlanta plans on being one of those teams that does it and build their roster with it.

RSL aiming to build a massive academy center | RSL Soapbox

This is awesome news for those in Utah. This center looks very impressive on the surface and will certainly be something to watch as the years go on.

Trapp looking to rebound after tough start |

It has been a tough few weeks for Wil Trapp and the Crew but the young midfielder looks to improve his game in the coming days.

DCU and supporters talk | Black and Red United

It has been an interesting week for folks in our nation's capital. Fans aren't happy about being banned in one supporters group while the club is working out how to deal with the fall back of it all.