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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, August 24, 2016

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FC Dallas looks to go 2-0-0 in CCL play tonight.

MLS: LAFC Groundbreaking Ceremony Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Once again it is game day for FC Dallas as they are in Nicaragua tonight for their second CCL battle with Real Esteli.

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Squad selection: Who should start tonight for FCD? | Big D Soccer

We had posed this question to you all yesterday. From the looks of things we’ll see a mix of reserves and starters in this one. Part of me hopes we’ll see less starters and more reserves.

Pareja isn’t your typical manager in the CCL | Dallas Morning News

While yes, he did put out a strong lineup in the first game against Real Esteli, it doesn’t look like he’ll be doing the same tonight with Mauro Diaz, Maxi Urruti and Walker Zimmerman all staying in Texas.

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Whitecaps rebound with big CCL win over SKC |

I’ll continue to say that I am thankful that FCD did not get in the group with Vancouver. Not because the Whitecaps are a dangerous team but just looking at the travel SKC had to deal with these last few week is got to be brutal.

Stars flock to LAFC stadium groundbreaking |

By all accounts, this stadium looks like it will be a crown jewel in the league when it opens in 2018. Also, LAFC just looks like they continue to do things correctly as they set themselves up for their expansion year.

Will Ferrell says LAFC will go undefeated in first season | Angeles on Parade

Cute Will, very cute. In all seriousness though, it is going to be a lot of fun having him as a part-owner of a MLS team.

Banc of California Stadium will pay off immediately | Angles on Parade

This stadium naming rights deal for LAFC is massive. In fact, it bests some naming right deals that NBA and NFL teams have gotten. More importantly, these owners will recoup almost all of that expansion fee when it is all said and done.

Minnesota and Atlanta have blue-prints for expansion success | FourFourTwo

Atlanta has already done a lot of good work so far in building part of their roster, getting a crazy amount of season ticket holders and more. But as Steve Davis writes, a lot can change in the next few months that could dictate whether or not they are successful next year.

How can MLS become the best league by 2020? |

Always such a topic of debate is this one. In my mind a lot of it will come down to how well things translate on TV for the league. But opening up the salary cap a bit will also do them some good.

Schmid had a give and take relationship with Dempsey |

I love how candid Sigi Schmid is and has been since he left the Sounders. This latest interview on how his relationship was with the team and more importantly with Clint Dempsey is really fascinating to me.

Yedlin moving to Newcastle | Fox Soccer

While DeAndre Yedlin isn’t in MLS anymore, it is interesting to see where the former Seattle HGP lands.