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Big D Daily: News for Tuesday, August 30, 2016

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August is nearly in the books as the final months of the season are upon us.

MLS: Montreal Impact at Toronto FC Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports

FC Dallas is back in training today after getting a much deserved Monday off as they get ready to host Portland.

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Five FCD players called up | Big D Soccer

We talked about Kellyn Acosta and Tesho Akindele on Sunday evening, but yesterday we learned about three more players that will be unavailable this weekend.

FCD vs HOU: The good and bad | Big D Soccer

Another recap of sorts from the win over Houston on Saturday. I continue to be amazed by Chris Seitz and his play and how the rest of the league ignores him.

Seitz goes bonkers after second Barrios goal | FCDallas.com

Speaking of Seitz, he is really one of us.

Barrios’ brace lands him on the TOW | FCDallas.com

It was a pretty competitive group to get into this week but scoring two goals was enough to give Michael Barrios a MLS team of the week nod.

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Bad things come in threes as Toronto loses Giovinco | Waking the Red

Just as Toronto was inching their way up the standings, they drop a rough game with Montreal at home over the weekend and yesterday they announced that Sebastian Giovinco will be sidelined for four weeks.

Quakes part with long time GM | Center Line Soccer

It really has been a long time coming for San Jose to part with John Doyle. Loads of failed DP signings, and even worse there are people in their front office that came out and said the style of play they have is boring.

Shield race is now a sprint | Once a Metro

Here is a pretty good view at what the Supporter Shield race looks like at the moment. For now it is FCD’s to lose.

RSL is quietly becoming a Cup contender | FourFourTwo

Yeah, this may be a running theme for the rest of the season. First it was Toronto sneaking up, now it is RSL. Their schedule is favorable too.

Nigel de Jong on his way to Turkey | ESPNFC.com

That sound you hear is the sigh of relief of just about every midfielder in MLS today. That and some front office folks in LA not having to worry about figuring out how to make him not be a DP next year.

Zardes and van Damme out with injuries | Goal.com

LA continues to take hits though as Gyasi Zardes is reportedly done for the year with a broken foot and Jelle van Damme is hit with a MCL strain.

And for some good ol drama up in OKC, with the NASL side: