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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, August 18, 2016

A trip to Utah is in sight for FC Dallas.

FC Dallas vs Sporting KC: Match Photos

The week is almost over here as FC Dallas is getting ready to go to Utah to battle Real Salt Lake.

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Toyota Stadium upgrades scaled back, construction to begin soon | Big D Soccer

Yesterday’s big news revolved around the stadium construction and how it would be a little less than originally intended due to high construction costs. Really high construction costs. Normally you expect things like that to go up but $16 million ahead of what they expect was a lot.

Figueroa inspires respect from others |

One of the few veteran players on this club this season is Maynor Figueroa. While he hasn’t entirely been that impressive, there is some intangible about him that seems to work with this group.

FCD undeterred by loss of Castillo | FourFourTwo

I mean, so far so good right? But there are still a lot of games left on the schedule this season that could change how things go for this club. Still, this piece brings out a lot of interesting points that are worth diving into.

Can FCD claim the treble? |

Another week, another post about FCD going for the treble. Please give me one trophy before we really get into this talk.

And then there is this tweet:

I’d say that MoneyGram Park would be a nice spot.

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Red line report: who has a playoff push in them? |

Here are some really good numbers to look at in terms of strength of schedule in the remaining games for FC Dallas and everyone else. We really need Colorado to stumble in a couple games.

Jozy is still pretty darn good |

Matt Doyle gives us a lot of thoughts here on why Jozy Altidore is still good.

Lodeiro names POW |

Seattle’s newest star shined pretty darn bright last weekend.

How Seattle landed Lodeiro and what it says about their future | FourFourTwo

I always enjoy hearing tails about how players comes to teams. Seattle getting a guy like Nicolas Lodeiro does mean big things for them. Especially if he can get them into the playoffs this year.

Why Jones will thrive in MLS | Dirty South Soccer

I’m still bummed that there wasn’t a way FC Dallas could have landed him.