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Big D Daily: News for Monday, August 22, 2016

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FC Dallas stumbles in their first game of the three game road trip.

MLS: FC Dallas at Real Salt Lake Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Well, let’s put last weekend behind us a bit and move on to the busy week ahead that includes a game with Houston on Saturday.

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FCD stumbles in a loss at RSL | Big D Soccer

There wasn’t a lot of excitement for FCD in this one on Saturday night. Only a few brief chances that never really tested Nick Rimando.

Pareja: Dallas was more muscle than brain in loss |

The connection play up top just wasn’t good. The passing was decent at best. Everything else in between looked like a team that didn’t want to win or lose.

RSL vs FCD: Knee-jerk reaction | RSL Soapbox

From the RSL side of things, our partner blog out in Utah liked the way the pressure looked out of their side on Saturday. FCD does struggle with those high pressure clubs.

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Week 24 Analyst: Seattle’s surge and more |

Matt Doyle gives us his usual take at the week and what all went down. He isn’t wrong in the fact that FCD needed to work on their finishing, especially given the fact that Colorado left points on the table and tied Orlando at home.

Villa and NYC dazzle, Seattle continues surge |

More thoughts on the weekend from the World Wide Leader.

Sounders are back to having fun | Sounder at Heart

Another win for Seattle as they look like the Sounders we all expected them to be this season. Their late surge is starting to look like one that will end in a playoff trip.

Paunovic eyes post season for Fire |

Ha. Not this season pal.

Rogers alleges there was a homophobic abuse in USL | FourFourTwo

Good grief, this kind of thing shouldn’t happen in soccer. Any where.

Minnesota to join MLS in 2017, will keep United name | FiftyFive.One

Really cool to see Minnesota keep their name and possible that lovely logo as well (MLS states there will be some minor updates to it). They’ll join us in the Western Conference, so that means we’ll get at least a couple games with the new club next year.

How Minnesota will build their roster |

Yes folks, there will be an expansion draft.

Atlanta has sold 22k season tickets so far | Dirty South Soccer

Wow. Think about that for a moment. That would fill most soccer specific stadiums in MLS. Very impressive.

Halsti talks about his time with DCU | Black and Red United

There are some pretty interesting comments in this one from a former MLSer.