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Big D Daily: News for Monday, September 26, 2016

FCD returns home for two big games this week.

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

September is almost in the books as the MLS playoff race is getting hotter than ever.

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FCD picks up shutout draw in Salt Lake | Big D Soccer

There are road draws that you gladly take and this was one of them. I know it wasn’t pretty but at least it was a shutout on the defensive end. That is something I want to see more of in the final months here.

FCD maturing at the right time | Big D Soccer

Our chalkboard also took a look at how the defense did their thing on Saturday night.

FCD earns big point in busy stretch |

Again, it is a road point that we will take. It also helped that a lot of other teams below us drew their games this weekend too.

How FCD’s academy became the best in the country |

This long piece came out late last week. If you didn’t get a chance to read the entire thing, do yourself a favor and do it today.

Financial aid helps add to winning culture at FCD academy | Soccer Wire

Everyone loves to discuss what FCD is doing in their youth system these days.

Hedges is a rock on the field for FCD | Frisco Lifestyle

Matt Hedges makes this club better defensively, there is no argument about that.

Ruiz aims to run for Guatemalan federation’s president |

President Carlos Ruiz has an interesting ring to it I suppose.

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Analyst: Vieira's blueprint for success & more from Week 29 |

Matt Doyle checks in with his usual weekend stuff. He does try to rain on the FCD fun here as he discusses the club’s record since Fabian Castillo departed. We get it Doyle, FCD didn’t replace Castillo.

Some teams step up while others disappeared this weekend |

Kind of crazy to see teams like Portland, LA, and New England all forget to show up this weekend. Even crazier to look at the standings and see five clubs behind FCD at 48 points.

Morris vital when Sounders needed him |

Don’t look now but the Sounders are getting hot again. Jordan Morris is a big part of that too. I wouldn’t want to play them in the post season right now either.

Drogba has encounter with fans in NY | Mount Royal Soccer

It hasn’t been the season the Montreal or Didier Drogba imagined back at the the start of things. That frustration is starting to boil over a bit.

Matt Besler reflects on an up and down 2016 | The Blue Testament

I won’t lie, at times I forgot that Besler was still with SKC this season. Injuries have certainly played a part of that too.