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Big D Daily: News for Friday, August 18, 2017

Two top defenses square off this weekend.

FC Dallas heads north this weekend to battle SKC in a vital match to end a summer slump.

// FC Dallas //

Squad Selection: What is the best group to battle SKC? | Big D Soccer
Do you stick with the 4-4-2 for another run or do you try to go back to Mauro Diaz in the lineup?

FC Dallas U-17 Academy Competing in Liga MX Internacional Preseason Tournament | FC Dallas
If you want to know where Bryan Reynolds is these days, he'll be apart of the U17 group as they battle of the top academy sides in North America.

FC Dallas looking to jumpstart form, but brush off talk of a summer slump | MLSsoccer.com
They can brush it off all they want, but until they get out of this funk that they are in, they're in a slump. Simple as that.

// MLS //

Baer: Orlando facing first must-win match of the season on Saturday | MLSsoccer.com
Oh man, we're slowly getting to the point where we can start to see how each game affects playoff chances.

Columbus Crew hit impasse in contract talks with Ola Kamara | ESPN FC
Negotiations on a contract extension between Columbus Crew SC and forward Ola Kamara have stalled, which is not good when you consider how productive he's been for them.

Montreal Impact's Ignacio Piatti frustrated over contract talks | ESPN FC
And here is another star that is dealing with a new contract...or at least the lack of one.

MLS to allow fourth substitute in extra time of postseason games | ESPN FC
MLS will allow teams to make a fourth substitution during this year's postseason if a match goes to extra time. I'm still a bit indifferent about this move but plenty of people seem to be on board.

A guide to Mercedes-Benz Stadium | Dirty South Soccer
I'm not usually overly giddy about NFL venues but this one is certainly going to be awesome. Between the way they'll configure it for Atlanta United games to how cheap food and beer will be, I can't wait to plan a visit.

D.C. United parts ways with Sebastien Le Toux | Black And Red United
He's still playing in MLS? I honestly forgot all about him here this season.

California dreaming: The inside scoop on LAFC's lavish stadium | FourFourTwo
Banc of California Stadium has a Hollywood feel in a historic Los Angeles location. The more video I see of its construction, the more excited I get about it too.