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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, May 18, 2017

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Plenty of midweek games to go over in MLS.

Last night was a busy night in league play as there were a few blowouts to get the week started.

// FC Dallas //

FC Dallas’ match against Atlanta United rescheduled | Big D Soccer
FCD gets to open the new stadium in Atlanta and now that game will be aired nationally on FS1.

Power Rankings: FCD remains unbeaten, but did they remain on top? | Big D Soccer
FC Dallas settled for a point at home, and may have taken a hit in the rankings.

Mauro Díaz: La recuperación ha sido muy difícil |
Here is some Spanish content for you all out there on Mauro Diaz. He states he's two to three weeks away from returning. Sounds about right.

// MLS //

Armchair Analyst: Union make it 3, SKC run wild & more from midweek |
There were a lot of games last night in league play but seeing teams get blown out in the midweek was a bit of a surprise. Our weekend opponent picked up a draw though.

Baer: Meager attack taming Colorado Rapids' chances of repeat success |
I know the Rapids' defense carried them last year but it really shouldn't be a shocker that a couple injuries (and a trade) has caused this group to not be nearly what they were a year ago.

Think all artificial turf is the same? Think again! Just look around MLS | FourFourTwo
Not all turf is the same, but really we shouldn't even be playing on this crap to begin with.

How statement games become catalysts for changing cultures | FourFourTwo
Chicago and Philly had big wins over the weekend but let's pump the brakes on season changing moments right now. We're not even in June. Let's talk about whether or not these wins did anything come September.

Kei Kamara trade: grading the blockbuster deal, one year later | The Bent Musket
My gut tells me Columbus still got the better end of this deal but it is really hard to say.

How can RSL work out the kinks in their talent pipeline? | RSL Soapbox
FC Dallas has similar kinks to deal with too.

As Cyle Larin keeps scoring goals, Orlando City draws closer to tough decision |
You never want to lose your best young player but sometimes you just have to do what is right by the player (and your club's future) by letting him go...for the largest sum you can get.

MLS concussion protocol in focus after pair of weekend incidents - ESPN FC
That hit between Matt Hedges and Kellyn Acosta certainly drew a lot of attention.

U.S. Hot List: Kellyn Acosta can fill a midfield gap Brad Guzan woes go on | ESPN FC
Kellyn Acosta put in another fine performance for Dallas, which has his national team prospects for this summer looking pretty darn good.

MLS Expansion: Leiweke makes pitch for Miami stadium | Soccer America
Some would call this a do or die situation for the Miami expansion plans.