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Big D Daily: News for Tuesday, May 16, 2017

FC Dallas gets back to work today to prepare for San Jose.

The week rolls along here as we finish up looking back at Sunday night.

// FC Dallas //

Ryan Hollingshead’s story continues to inspire | Big D Soccer
I think we're all pretty happy to see Ryan back on the field these days.

Is FC Dallas pursuing keeper Jose Fernando Cuadrado? | Big D Soccer
Our monthly third keeper search rumor continues with a new candidate.

Scratching the Chalkboard: Tesho and Barrios shine | Big D Soccer
Tesho Akindele continues to prove why he deserves to be in the starting lineup while Roland Lamah is proving why he should be benched.

Passing Concerns, Maxi Urruti's Legendary Start and Debunking Set Piece Troubles | FC Dallas
I know there is a bit of debunking on the set piece woes that this club faces but in my mind this is still the top concern that I have moving forward with the defense.

// MLS //

Wiebe: The best winger in MLS? That'd be Columbus Crew SC's Justin Meram |
I would say his hat trick over the weekend put him at the top of the discussion.

6 players who have made their case to be part of the USMNT's Gold Cup | FourFourTwo
Bruce Arena can make a lot of folks happy with some picks like this.

Should be starting somewhere: Picking MLS' bench-option Best XI | FourFourTwo
No love for guys like Victor Ulloa or Ryan Hollingshead but its all good.

Pablo Mastroeni finally tried a 4-4-2 and it worked | Burgundy Wave
Colorado got a big win over FCD's next opponent. I still think the Rapids are doomed to be a bottom of the pack team this season though.

The hype and the reality of Toronto FC's incredible winning streak | FourFourTwo
If Toronto can keep this up, even without Sebastian Giovinco for a couple weeks (he's injured again), you can bet more people will come around to being believers of them.

How each MLS club strives (and struggles) to find authentic identity | The 91st Minute
Naturally FCD falls under the academy-loving teams here in this league with New York and Salt Lake. Though I would argue we're probably a better fit in the Smart Money section too.

Reliant on academy grads Red Bulls have run out of time for learning curves | ESPN FC
After trading captain Dax McCarty, the New York Red Bulls ushered in a new era of academy grads. As it turns out, most don't appear ready for the big time.

Sacramento group bidding for MLS team acquires USL club Republic FC - ESPN FC
Sacramento's bid to get an MLS franchise took another step forward on Monday when Sac Soccer & Entertainment Holdings acquired USL side Republic FC. I'd say they're back on top of the pecking order again.