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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, August 23, 2017

FC Dallas looks to squeeze the Orange tonight.

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The long awaited third-leg of the Texas Derby is finally here tonight.

// FC Dallas //

Meet the Enemy: Three questions with Dynamo Theory | Big D Soccer
We brought in folks from the other side of the ball to see their take on tonight's game.

Squad Selection: What changes do you make for the Texas Derby? | Big D Soccer
FC Dallas looks to end a four-game skid as they host Houston. So what kind of lineup do you throw out there tonight? Takes You Inside Ryan Hollingshead's Road to Recovery Following Broken Neck | FC Dallas
We've heard the Ryan Hollingshead story over and over again this season but it is always awesome to see a story get taken down the MLS Insider path.

Texas Derby ranked as third-most intensive rivalry in MLS by study | Dynamo Theory
Researchers conducted a survey of MLS fans, and found the Houston-Dallas rivalry to be among the most intensive in the league. More so than that one up in Cascadia-land.

// MLS //

MLS' MVP race: Who can stop El Guaje's back-to-back run? | FourFourTwo
Who is Major League Soccer's 2017 MVP? Here are our top five contenders as the stretch run unfolds.

Given time to mature, Rivalry Week has become appointment viewing in MLS | ESPN FC
It is still a damn shame that our game with Houston is caught in the middle of the week instead of on the weekend with the rest of the lot.

Stejskal: Why Colorado cut Mastroeni loose – and where they go from here |
For Colorado fans, it may be more about being patient again for another year like 2016.

5 Problems that firing Pablo Mastroeni won’t solve | Burgundy Wave
And here are a few more thoughts on the Rapids and where they can go from here.

NYCFC has to play a home game at a college football stadium in Hartford |
A Yankees makeup game will push NYCFC more than two hours away from its home. That isn't exactly a home field advantage that NYCFC is used to.

Chris Wondolowski continues to fly under MLS radar despite record-setting scoring | ESPN FC
Is Chris Wondolowski the most underrated player in league history? Some seem to think that way.

As Europe returns, MLS is reminded of its place in the pecking order | FourFourTwo
Like it or not, European football coming back in the middle of the MLS season underlines U.S. club soccer’s relative status. But let's also not forget our place in American sports as well with the other football returning too.