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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Heaps firing marks a historical mark for coaches getting canned in a single season.

MLS: New York Red Bulls at FC Dallas Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Some times it is all about getting back to basics. That is what FC Dallas is trying to do here this week before going to Minnesota.

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Roadmap: How FC Dallas can still make the playoffs | Big D Soccer
Points are always important but with six games left and the team below the playoff zone, everything is on the line right now.

Are FC Dallas’ fullbacks helping or hurting the team? | Big D Soccer
This has been a question on most of our minds for a good chunk of the season. When Grana and Figueroa are on their best game, you want them pushing forward. But other times you definitely don't.

View from the East: Hot Mess | Big D Soccer
One last look at Saturday's dreadful draw. You know it isn't a good sign when the beer line had more entertainment than the game on the field.

New form of 'winning' in practice could help FC Dallas break its winless streak | Dallas Morning News
The 5v5 tournament isn't something Pareja has busted out much this season but little things like this should spark something in players.

FC Dallas Uses 5v5 Tournament to Bring the Fun and Spark Competition During Winless Run | FC Dallas
I wouldn't get too worked up over the trialist involved in this yesterday but it does spark a fun debate about a 5v5 tournament in MLS.

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Dyer: Open Cup championship would mean more than Shield titles for RBNY |
We know all about how it feels to finally win a USOC title. Part of me is rooting for New York tonight to finally lift that trophy.

Stejskal: Why Sporting KC won't be cashing in on prospect Erik Palmer-Brown |
I would still be highly disappointed if I were SKC fans that they didn't get a good transfer deal for this kid.

With Jay Heaps' departure, 2017 breaks MLS record for coaching turnover |
It has certainly been an interesting year for coaches in the league. Part of me thinks we're seeing the dawn of a new coaching era in the league.

Jay Heaps says a heartfelt goodbye to the Revolution | The Bent Musket
Heaps says goodbye to the team he’s given so much to. It was a classy goodbye too from Heaps.

A.J. Soares wants Shalrie Joseph to be Revs interim coach | The Bent Musket
One former Rev wants to see another former Rev lead the team for the remainder of the season. I kind of like the idea.

Report: Jamaica’s FIFA ranking preventing Andre Blake transfer to England | Brotherly Game
That kind of stinks for the Union but I have kind of wondered if Blake would actually be better suited in England. I could see him do well in a lower European league like in Holland.

The power of four: Why just making MLS' playoffs is no longer good enough | FourFourTwo
Sneak into the postseason in fifth, sixth? It is not what you want for you club.

NASL hits U.S. Soccer with antitrust lawsuit after Division II status is revoked | ESPN FC
The North American Soccer League announced on Tuesday that it has filed a federal antitrust lawsuit against U.S. Soccer in federal court. This story just keeps getting better.