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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, April 13, 2017

FC Dallas is off to San Jose for tomorrow’s game.

The week is nearly over here as FC Dallas is in San Jose ahead of tomorrow night’s clash with the Earthquakes.

// FC Dallas //

Rankings Recap: FCD continues to be at the top | Big D Soccer

We’re a month and a half into the season and so far FCD continues to be at or near the top of everyone’s power polls.

Squad Selection: Who do you take to San Jose? | Big D Soccer

A rare Thursday game could see Oscar Pareja make some more changes, or he could go with some hot hands. Time will tell but we ask you to fill out what lineup you want to see against San Jose tomorrow.

Dallas Cup: First teamers boost U-18s | Dallas Morning News

FC Dallas has looked very strong in the Dallas Cup this year, which shouldn’t be a surprise when you consider the three first team players they have on the roster contributing to the success.

Every Academy team set to advance |

That is pretty strong showing from the top down in this tournament.

// MLS //

Doyle: How versatility kills modern soccer |

A lot of things may hurt the modern game but I think if this is your strategy to get success in this league, it may be a reason why you aren’t near the top of the table. Then again, sometimes it may work well for you.

Week 7 storylines and more |

We get to kick off the Week 7 party tomorrow night in San Jose but there are some pretty solid matchups around the league this weekend including a Cascadia Cup match in Vancouver.

Jones steps up for LA, DCU midfield lack clicks |

We love a good deep dive into the stats around these parts and this post goes into how Jermaine Jones is transforming the LA midfield. I still question whether or not he’ll play in 25 games this season though.

Era of attacking fullbacks has changed cap management and more | FourFourTwo

You want outside backs to get forward in this league (similar to what we see out of our own here in Dallas). But really good fullbacks are hard to come by and hard to get at a good price.

// USL //

Drogba signs with Phoenix | USLSoccer

This move had been rumored for a few weeks but now it is official. Good for Phoenix I guess but the real story for me is how he is joining the ownership group to help push for a MLS side there in the desert.

// World Cup //

Predicting all the venues for the 2026 World Cup | Stars and Stripes FC

Even though I hate the idea of soccer at JerryWorld, if we got the final it would be crazy.