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Monday Links: FC Dallas beats Portland, Rapinoe takes a knee and can anyone stop the Pulisic hype train?

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Dallas inches closer to winning Supporter’s Shield

MLS: Portland Timbers at FC Dallas Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Labor Day everyone! If for whatever reason you’re online and not by a lake or next to a grill or at the outlet mall, come enjoy some soccer news from the weekend.

// FC Dallas //

FCD chops down Timbers | Big D Soccer

If there was ever a game that embodied “Busca La Forma”, this was it.

Chalkboard: Get the ball to Mauro | Big D Soccer

It’s a tight race between Mauro Diaz and Matt Hedges for team MVP this year, but make no mistake, this offense goes where Diaz leads it.

Armchair Analyst: Shield in crosshairs for FC Dallas | MLSsoccer.com

A lot of love and talk from MLS’ Matt Doyle in his breakdown of the Portland game but also their season and roster build up.

Supporter’s Shield increasingly within FC Dallas grasp | goal.com

Personally, of all the trophies that a MLS side can win, this is the one I covet the most.

// MLS //

Chris Pontius has found his happy place | fourfourtwo.com

Had no idea that Chris Pontius was pondering early retirement. But good to see him find his place with the Union.

The Rapids are worse with Tim Howard | Burgandy Wave

Of all the positions Colorado needed to upgrade, goalkeeper wasn’t one of them.

What Happened to the “Road Warriors”? | Hudson River Blue

NYCFC have gone winless on the road in four games. Welcome to MLS, NYCFC.

Bruce Arena wins 200th MLS game | espnfc.com

An impressive feat for Arena who will go down as one of the best American soccer coaches of all time.

// USMNT & USWNT //

USMNT: USA routes St. Vincent & Grenadines 6-0 in WCQ | starsandstripesfc.com

Sacha Klejstan makes his return and is it possible to slow down the Pulisic hype train at this point? A draw or win tomorrow will put the USMNT into the Hex.

Megan Rapinoe Kneels During National Anthem | fourfourtwo.com

Rapinoe kneels during national anthem in ‘nod to Kaepernick’.

Former US Soccer Star Lauren Holiday Has Brain Tumor | sbnation.com

Ugh. This one was hard to read. Lauren Holiday, World Cup Winner and Olympic Gold medalist, has been diagnosed with operable brain tumor. She’s also pregnant. Thoughts, prayers and good vibes to Lauren and her husband Jrue.