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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, April 27, 2017

Only a couple more days until FC Dallas squares off against Portland.

The weekend is nearly here as we roll into Thursday.

// FC Dallas //

Quick Burns: Who has been most crucial to FCD’s early success? | Big D Soccer

Our staff decided to debate the three most impactful players so far this season for the club.

Mauro Diaz Takes Another Step in Return from Achilles Injury | FC Dallas

He isn't 100% yet but things continue to progress nicely for Mauro Diaz.

FC Dallas is adding to the tasks of Kellyn Acosta in Diaz's absence | Soccer America

We haven't discuss the #YearofKellyn in a while but this one is a good item to get that fire burning again.

// MLS //

Dax returns to RBA, West titans meet, ATL heads home: Week 9 storylines |

Already calling our meeting with Portland a conference final preview? Alright then. But in all seriousness, there are a lot of interesting games on tap for this weekend.

Larson: Fans should root for a LA revival |

I hate saying it but the league does appear to gain more interest when the Galaxy are good.

Beckham adds another investor to his ownership group | ESPNFC

Just when we think the Miami talks could be dying, David Beckham adds another money person to the team. But it is interesting to see that other owners are now frustrated over his expansion fee discount.

Why does Kaka continue to top the MLS salary chart? |

It is a pretty interesting reason why Kaka lands at the top again for the third straight year. I still wonder who will be the first MLSer to top $10 million in a year or so.

Providence Park to add 4,000 new seats in modern expansion | Portland Timbers

Just looking at the renderings of this is enough to get excited, even if you aren't a Timbers' fan. I was curious as to how they would go about expanding this stadium but this is certainly a way to achieve it.

Timbers Release Providence Park Expansion Renderings | Stumptown Footy

And even more details on the expansion and how we'll have to wait until 2019 to see it all finished.

Why the Galaxy is starting a Girls' Academy now | FourFourTwo

You can see why our old pal Kevin Hartman was called into leading the Galaxy's girl academy. FCD has a girls academy side of their own that will likely be monitoring what LA is doing here.

How the Union gambled its way into the Eastern Conference cellar | FourFourTwo

If you haven't paid attention to the Union this season, they are bad. Maybe not historically bad, but they are certainly going to be struggling to get out of the bottom for a while.

Schweinsteiger: Ibrahimovic should join me in MLS | FourFourTwo

Zlatan Ibrahimovic may have played his last game for Manchester United, and Bastian Schweinsteiger says he should join MLS. While he may be up there in age, I'm still all for seeing Zlatan in MLS, even for a year.