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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, September 13, 2017

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What were you doing one year ago? We were celebrating a US Open Cup title.

MLS: FC Dallas at Montreal Impact Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

We’re at the midway point in our week as FC Dallas continues to get ready for Seattle this weekend.

// FC Dallas //

By The Numbers: What’s up with the FC Dallas defense? | Big D Soccer
What exactly is wrong and how can FCD fix this? Let's break down the defense a little deeper, shall we?

Workhorse of the Week vs. Atlanta United | Big D Soccer
It has to be Jesse right?

FC Dallas' 2016 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Final a Culmination of a Vision and the Beginning of Eminence | FC Dallas
It is crazy to think about this exact day from a year ago. It was magical.

// MLS //

Armchair Analyst: Erik Palmer-Brown to Manchester City to... elsewhere |
I hate seeing that Palmer-Brown will go to Manchester only to go right back out on loan for probably the better part of a year...or two.

Sebastian Giovinco, David Villa top rated MLS players in EA Sports FIFA 18 |
Sadly, no FCD players in this top list. I don't get how some guys like Alonso, Kaka or even Pirlo are still rated this high in the game.

Orlando City has built for the future — but where does Kaka fit in? |
Speaking of Kaka, there is still a large debate in Orlando about where he actually fits these days.

How Toronto's success is transcending Major League Soccer | FourFourTwo
The narrative continues to be written on TFC and how good they are this season. Now people want to compare them to other sports teams who have been dominant. Let's let them win a MLS Cup first please.

How NYCFC improved on a breakthrough 2016 ... and why it might not even matter | FourFourTwo
New York City FC has the making of a champion but they're also in a year with a dominant Toronto FC team that is running away with things.

Why Atlanta's stadium reveal was a rare, watershed moment for Major League Soccer | FourFourTwo
MLS' history is surprisingly short on showcase events in major markets. Sunday gave us one according to our pal Steve Davis.

Bob Bradley says Atlanta United's first-year success can't compare to 1998 Chicago | ESPN FC
Bob Bradley has rejected the notion that Atlanta United is in the midst of the best-ever inaugural MLS season. To me, it is comparing apples and oranges.

Is it 12 games unbeaten or three games without a win? | Sounder At Heart
The Sounders come to town with a long unbeaten streak but if you dig a little deeper in it, they haven't been racking up a ton of wins during the stretch.

Jordan Morris sidelined 'multiple weeks' for Seattle Sounders and U.S. | ESPN FC
Morris suffered the injury in the second half of Sunday's 1-1 draw against the LA Galaxy. You can go ahead and not worry about him for this weekend.

U.S. Soccer's Pyramid Is Falling Apart | FiftyFive.One
The lower division mess in the US is starting to show more and more.