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Big D Daily: News for Friday, April 7, 2017

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FC Dallas returns to action tomorrow night.

A very busy weekend is about to begin around Dallas with the start of the GA Cup and Dallas Cup.

// FC Dallas //

Four players to watch during the GA and Dallas Cups | Big D Soccer

While there are dozens of academy players worth mentioning for the coming weeks tournaments, we pulled our four names to really keep an eye on yesterday.

Squad Selection: Do you make any changes against Minnesota? | Big D Soccer

Given the game early in the week in Mexico, we could see a couple changes to the starting XI tomorrow night.

Video: Pareja discusses what to expect against Minnesota | FCDallas.com

The club’s website has a couple videos to help prepare you for tomorrow’s game but it is always best to hear the expectations from Oscar Pareja first.

// MLS //

How CONCACAF will resolve MLS’s CCL qualifying moving forward | SI.com

This is rather important to take in as it does affect FCD in some small ways.

GA Cup: This is the future of your club | MLSSoccer.com

There have been a lot of big name MLS players that have played in this tournament over the ten years its been around. Who will be the next big thing from this year’s tournament is always fascinating to see.

I don’t need to see these next three home games | Brotherly Game

Sounds like things are going a little rough up in Philadelphia right now. This opinion piece from our partners up there covering the Union aren’t thrilled with where things stand right now.

Rookies share first MLS memories | ESPNFC

If you ever wanted to know what it was truly like to be a rookie in this league, you may get a sense of it here.

How can MLS bridge the gap with Liga MX? | ESPNFC

It comes down to money first of all. They spend way more than MLS does on their rosters.

NYCFC needs a Pirlo exit strategy | Hudson River Blue

They certainly need to figure out how to get him sold this summer. As much as I like the guy, he isn’t helping NYCFC and is taking up a valuable DP slot that I know this club could fill with something more promising.

Rebuilt backline has brought the Crew back into contention | FourFourTwo

Columbus had a bad defense last year, not historically bad, but one that just let them down time and time again. A few games into this season and they’re already exceeding last year’s group (at least in my mind).