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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, August 17, 2017

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One more day of training before FCD heads to Kansas City.

The week is nearly over here as FC Dallas is getting set to take on SKC this weekend.

// FC Dallas //

Quick Burns: What is the biggest problem facing the FC Dallas attack right now? | Big D Soccer
At some point the offense has to find its way again here.

FC Dallas rated 14th in Forbes latest MLS club valuations | Big D Soccer
You always should take these things with a grain of salt but it is interesting to see where the club landed along the way with the other teams in the league.

FC Dallas Taking a Patient Approach to Offensive Integration with Mauro Diaz | FC Dallas
Look, all along we said it was going to be a slow road back to health for Mauro Diaz and lately we're seeing exactly that. Maybe he came back too soon. Maybe he didn't. Still, I expected him not to be at 100% until September of this season anyways.

// MLS //

Montreal Impact 3, Chicago Fire 0, MLS game recap | Hot Time In Old Town
Montreal has looked like a good team since we met them last month. Piatti is starting to do Piatti things.

Colorado Rapids op-ed: The Rapids Way | The Denver Post
Boy this has some interesting nuggets thrown in throughout. The whole aspect of how they scout players is fascinating. I'm all for transparency in this league but sometimes there is a line of too much and maybe this one is it.

Mastroeni’s ousting doesn’t alone solve the Rapids’ ongoing irrelevance | FourFourTwo
Colorado has never sustained any success over a long period. Spending on players is one thing but they have to find some creative ways to just get people to care again.

LA Galaxy overtake Seattle Sounders as MLS' most valuable club | ESPN FC
How LA took over the top spot in that list from Seattle is something I'm still trying to figure out. I'm also more curious to see where teams like LAFC and Atlanta United will land in future lists.

Reality check can be the foundation for Chicago's next leap forward | FourFourTwo
Chicago has been good this season but the rough patch is starting to set in.

How an elevated field will give Minnesota a proper stage for soccer | FourFourTwo
Minnesota United is about to move from one of the worst MLS venues to one of the best. Next year can't come soon enough for them.

After USOC win, Red Bulls full of praise for MLS hopefuls FC Cincinnati | MLSsoccer.com
Cincy looks like the expansion darlings at the moment.

How Atlanta United is setting the standard for attendance in MLS | Dirty South Soccer
Things brewing in Atlanta are pretty special right now.

Andy Loughnane talks attendance issues, playoff complications and a new stadium | Massive Report
And on the other side of that you have the Crew, who struggle at the gate (kind of like FCD).