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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, August 31, 2017

Big game coming up for the US this week.

The weekend is nearly here as both FC Dallas and the US men’s national team have big games to deal with.

// FC Dallas //

My two cents on what is going on with FC Dallas | Big D Soccer
A lot of point and counter point stuff going on these days among the fanbase.

FC Dallas Players with Something to Prove vs. New York Red Bulls | FC Dallas
Given who all is out this weekend and that we're slumping....and that New York is playing pretty well...this could be a tough game yet again.

FC Dallas aiming to open National Soccer Hall of Fame in October 2018 |
Some dates are finally starting to hit the calendar as we'll see plenty of new stuff in 2018.

// MLS //

View from Couch: Toronto's Greg Vanney should cruise to Coach of the Year |
Is there even a debate this year as to who should be coach of the year? I really don't see one at this point unless someone makes a crazy run in the last two months.

Sabetti: 10 coaches who would be a good fit in MLS |
This is a fairly interesting list of potential coaches for MLS teams out there. I know Colorado is on the hunt for a new manager but I do wonder who else will join them this winter.

Sounders in good position to make playoffs | Sounder At Heart
Plenty of interesting items on here including the strength of schedule list. With nine games to go, FCD does have one of the easier schedules remaining.

// USMNT //

Graham Zusi: Right back transition extends his USMNT career |
Sometimes a move from the midfield to the defense is just a player needs to extend his career.

The USMNT's 10 most in-form players ahead of the coming World Cup qualifiers | FourFourTwo
You want hot players for games like this, especially two that could help your clinch a spot in Russia next year.

Armchair Analyst: US points projection, future USMNTers & more in TwitBag |
Lots of US related thoughts in this post from Matt Doyle to get you ready for the Costa Rica game.

Influx of Costa Ricans into MLS ups the ante of World Cup qualifier vs. U.S. | ESPN FC
Seven of Costa Rica's 24-man squad play in MLS. Their familiarity with the U.S. makes Friday's World Cup qualifier between the two even bigger.

USMNT players realize the importance of Costa Rica World Cup qualifier | Stars and Stripes FC
This is a big game coming up for the US, in front of what should be a very pro-US crowd at Red Bull Arena.