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Big D Daily: News for Tuesday, August 22, 2017

FC Dallas returns home for a Texas Derby match tomorrow night.

The Solar Eclipse of 2017 has come and gone here in the US, now it is time to get back down to business for a playoff push.

// FC Dallas //

Offensive and defensive issues continue for FC Dallas following loss to Sporting KC | Big D Soccer
FC Dallas needs to speedily get Cariaco Gonzalez acclimated and onto the field. Maybe tomorrow night?

View from the East: Late Slump | Big D Soccer
Looks like our yearly slump came late this time. Is that a good or bad thing?

How revered FC Dallas slipped into its state of vulnerability | FourFourTwo
Here is a pretty solid look at how FCD slipped into this state of funk.

Oscar Pareja: Slumping FC Dallas must balance urgency with perspective | MLSsoccer.com
I do wonder if we'll see some desperate play out of FCD tomorrow night. It feels like it could come to that.

MONDAY MAILBAG: Protecting Academy Investments and Playing the Kids | FC Dallas
There are plenty of good comments here on the academy system and how/why some players aren't signed right away.

El Capitán on the Line as FC Dallas Hosts Houston in Texas Derby Final Leg | FC Dallas
The final leg is here but on a Wednesday night (which is super lame by the way). Time to reclaim the season and the cannon.

// MLS //

Armchair Analyst: All 22 MLS teams by tier heading into the home stretch | MLSsoccer.com
Doyle seems to think there is still some hope for FCD despite where he labeled them.

Boehm: Is the Shield chase really over? Or is Vieira simply playing possum? | MLSsoccer.com
Somehow we still have a 1% chance at the Shield but it does seem like the race is over.

Playoff probabilities for every MLS team after Week 24 | MLSsoccer.com
It is crazy how big of a drop off between the 6th and 7th spots are in the West.

Why charter flights could drive a wedge between owners in MLS' next CBA negotiations | FourFourTwo
The gap between affluent and thrifty owners could be further revealed when it comes to upgrading travel. But at the end of the day, this is the sort of thing that needs to happen in MLS.