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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, September 1, 2016

The final two months of the regular season are here.

MLS: Portland Timbers at FC Dallas Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

It seems crazy to think that the season has gone by this much but here we are in the beginning of a new month.

// FC Dallas //

Looking at FCD’s Shield chances | Big D Soccer

Yesterday we dove into the remaining matches to see what kind of result that the club should expect in the final two months. A lot of our staff believes if the team wins their home games, a Shield isn’t far off.

Pareja takes soccer tennis seriously |

Who doesn’t take soccer tennis serious is my question. I know the players at FCD play soccer tennis pretty regularly in their downtime but it is always fun seeing Oscar Pareja kick it with them a little too.

Path to a treble won’t be easy for FCD |

Tell us something we don’t already know folks.

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Redline report: Who is trending up and down |

Right now it looks like the Shield is FCD’s to lose. But boy, oh boy, there are a lot of games left on the slate to change that. Still, get those home wins and let the rest take care of itself.

Mullins wins POW |

You get a hat trick in a weekend, you typically earn a Player of the Week honor. But at least Michael Barrios’ came in a pretty solid second place here.

A look behind the scenes of how the Rapids use social media | Burgundy Wave

MLS and the web go hand-in-hand really. Here is a small peak at what one club does.

Fire reject offer for David Accam | Hot Time In Old Town

Chicago was very close to losing arguably their best player yesterday to a French team for a few million dollars but I suppose the money wasn’t good enough and they rejected it.

LA has no margin for error without de Jong |

The passing efficiency that Nigel de Jong brought to the Galaxy midfield will certainly be missed. But also that layer of protection he brought to the defense and attack is going to be hard to replace.

And then there is this for de Jong’s exit by MLS. Yikes.

Seattle’s interim boss faces his first biggest test | FourFourTwo

Can Brian Schmetzer get the Sounders into the playoffs is a huge deal but with Clint Dempsey’s growing health concern, you do wonder if things are just a little too late for them this season.