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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, May 11, 2017

The weekend is nearly here as FC Dallas is getting set to host New York City FC.

We’re over the hump here in the week as we push towards the weekend.

// FC Dallas //

Power Rankings: FC Dallas continues to dominate rankings | Big D Soccer
Still on top after another week. But I would say the gap is closing in some folks minds.

Tesho Akindele Forcing His Way into Starting Role with Early 2017 Performance | FC Dallas
Tesho has quietly (and maybe not so quietly to some) been a real bonus on the field for FC Dallas this season. I think in some ways, Oscar Pareja may have found the best way to utilize him.

// MLS //

Columbus Crew 1-2 Toronto FC: How? | Waking The Red
Toronto didn't look their best last night but were able to get another win thanks to a brace from Tosiant Ricketts.

Week 11 Storylines: DAL-NYC highlights trio of high-profile Sunday games |
It is starting to feel like every game for us is better than the last. This week's game against NYCFC is certainly a big one.

View from Couch: What's the highest-pressure coaching gig in MLS? |
In my book, any coaching gig in Canada is rough. In the US, I would say LA, Seattle, and either NY club is pretty high pressure.

Less geography, more history needed to grow MLS' rivalries | FourFourTwo
The league loves to push local-ish rivalries as much as they can. And who can really blame them for it but I do agree with this piece that people need to give rivalries some time to actually develop on their own over the course of time.

Four MLS teams that have turned a corner ... or sounded false alarms | FourFourTwo
While Minnesota does look like a team that has turned the corner, I do see some more expansion-type struggles as the summer months come up. They're one big injury away from it.

Five biggest surprises of MLS' season, so far | FourFourTwo
We never really know from week-to-week what is going to happen in MLS. Here are some big shockers that have taken place so far this season.

David Beckham group near deal to finish Miami stadium land purchase | ESPN FC
David Beckham's Miami ownership group is ready to buy the last three acres it needs to build the MLS club's new stadium. Is this all for real or will we be fooled yet again?

Timbers get support for Providence Park expansion | Soccer America
It is kind of neat to think that a team in MLS is having to expand their stadium. It is nice to know we're at that stage in this league where teams can actually do that.