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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, October 12, 2017

FC Dallas continues to get ready for Seattle.

MLS: Seattle Sounders FC at FC Dallas Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The weekend is coming closer and closer as FC Dallas continues to get ready for their trip to Seattle.

// FC Dallas //

Digging deep into the messy Western Conference playoff race - Big D Soccer
Just how messy is the Western Conference, even worse after last night's win by Houston.

Quick Burn: Is this FC Dallas team playoff worthy? - Big D Soccer
Our staff has mixed feelings about how well this club is positioned for a playoff run here.

FC Dallas and US Men's National Team Players Walker Zimmerman and Jesse Gonzalez React to World Cup Qualifying Exit | FC Dallas
It will be painful for all of us.

THE OTHER SIDE: Slumping Seattle Sounders FC Ready to Host "Desperate" FC Dallas Foes | FC Dallas
Both teams are desperate in some ways when you look at it.

// MLS //

Houston Dynamo vs Sporting Kansas City Final Score: Own goal helps Dynamo to victory over SKC - Dynamo Theory
Houston picked up a massive win on Wednesday night to help their playoff chances.

Owned: Sporting KC falls to Houston Dynamo 2-1 - The Blue Testament
An Erik Palmer-Brown own goal sealed Sporting Kansas City’s fate in Houston.

Mission Complete: Jeff Larentowicz Tattoo for The Fugees - Dirty South Soccer
This may be one of the most unique stories of the year.

Caleb Porter expects injured striker Fanendo Adi to play again in 2017 |
I kind of forgot that Adi has been sidelined for this long until reading this but Portland continues to roll along without him.

Orlando City Captain Kaká Opts Not to Accept Club’s Offer to Return Beyond 2017 - The Mane Land
I can't say I am shocked by this news at all as this really should allow Orlando to spend a little wiser in the future.

// USMNT //

Armchair Analyst: No excuses, no good outcomes, now what's the plan? |
For US Soccer, it will be all about changing things up from top to bottom.

Landon Donovan says U.S. didn't deserve to qualify for 2018 World Cup - ESPN FC
When you lose games the way that they did during the Hex, I have to agree with this.

Dark days: What US soccer was like the last time USMNT missed a World Cup | FourFourTwo
The U.S. hasn't missed out on a World Cup since 1985. Here's how the American soccer landscape compares, then and now.

World Cup qualifying: MLS helping CONCACAF's budding powers compete with USA and Mexico |
They may not be improving the US as much as we would like but MLS has made CONCACAF stronger and tougher to play in.

Processing the United States’ awful elimination from the 2018 World Cup - Black And Red United
I would certainly call this the darkest of timelines for US fans.