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Big D Daily: News for Friday, April 28, 2017

Who is ready for tomorrow night?

The weekend is almost here as we head into our Friday links.

// FC Dallas //

Scouting Report: Perfect time to cut down the Timbers? | Big D Soccer

No Diego Valeri, no problem? Not so fast, the Timbers still have a lot of other threats that can cause issues for FC Dallas tomorrow.

Squad Selection: Does your lineup change against Portland? | Big D Soccer

Go with a 4-2-3-1, or a 4-4-2? Tough call against one of the top attacks in the league.

Three questions: Diving deep into the Timbers | Big D Soccer

We got together with Stumptown Footy ahead of tomorrow’s game to get a better sense of what the Timbers bring to the table.

Gonzalez prefers Mexico to the US | ESPNFC

You know, I’m not even upset at all to hear Jesse Gonzalez say things like that. He’s got every right to want to play for Mexico.

Analyst's Den: How Dallas vs. Portland will hinge on the midfield |

Two really good midfields go head-to-head tomorrow night.

Training Talk: Oscar Pareja on Portland Timbers | FC Dallas

Papi lets us know what his plans are going into Saturday's game.

Urruti looking for first goal against former club | FC Dallas

You gotta think that Maxi Urruti is dying to get a goal against the Timbers here in this one.

// MLS //

What will the Timbers do without Valeri |

We know they’ll probably rely heavily on guys like Darlington Nagbe and Sebastian Blanco.

How Atlanta are on track to be the most successful expansion team in MLS history | ESPNFC

Everything on and off the field has been nothing short of impressive so far out of Atlanta.

FDA warns RSL kit sponsor LifeVantage over cancer treatment claims | RSL Soapbox

Hopefully we don't see similar issues with FCD's kit sponsor anytime soon.

The 10 best bargains in MLS | FOX Sports

There are plenty of FC Dallas players on this list. I do see how people can think that Mauro Diaz (when healthy) is a steal.

What do MLS goalkeeper woes say about the state of the USMNT pipeline? | ESPN FC

Goalkeeping in this league has always been interesting to me. There is a lot of good and sometimes like we've seen lately, a lot of bad.

Why MLS's incident involving Tim Howard, fans was designed | FourFourTwo

Fans have closer access to MLS players than most leagues in this country. So crazy stuff tends to happen. But the way things are set up in KC do lend themselves to more incidents like this one.

Indy Eleven's effort to score MLS franchise takes hit | 2017-04-26 | Indianapolis Business Journal

You can add Indy to the list of potential expansion cities with red flags on their bids right now. This doesn't kill their bid altogether but it certainly doesn't help it.