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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, September 21, 2017

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Sporting KC wins the 2017 US Open Cup.

MLS: U.S. Open Cup Final-New York Red Bulls at Sporting KC Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The USOC crown is going back to Kansas City as Sporting downs New York last night.

// FC Dallas //

Hayes Leading Double Life with FC Dallas | Lifestyle Frisco
Jacori Hayes is leading a double life with FC Dallas, but that’s not a bad thing.

FC Dallas Look to Bolster Attack Heading into Final Stretch of MLS Regular Season | FC Dallas
Something has to give, either the defense steps up and helps win a bunch of 1-0 games, or the attack begins to show life again to help the defense out.

Timeline: Kellyn Acosta's path from youth soccer to the US national team |
If you love timelines and knowing just a little bit more about Kellyn Acosta's path, then you'll love this.

// MLS //

Sporting Kansas City wins 2017 US Open Cup | The Blue Testament
Third USOC crown in the last five years. Not a bad thing for SKC. I said after we were paired with them that it was really their title to lose.

Children's Mercy Park is Sporting KC's trophy-filled home fortress yet again | ESPN FC
SKC continues to be one of those clubs that puts the USOC on high priority.

View from Couch: Best in the MLS West? Bank on Sporting Kansas City |
SKC looked good last night in the USOC final. They've been the smart money all season long.

Atlanta United 4-0 LA Galaxy, recap: A LAugher | Dirty South Soccer
It was over right after it began really. LA's defense continues to be terrible while Atlanta continues to just run up the score on everyone.

Josef Martinez surges into MLS Golden Boot contention as Atlanta roll again |
Uh, Martinez is just two goals shy of David Villa's Golden Boot lead now. I kind of think he could do it this season.

MLS: Home stand has Atlanta looking like a contender in MLS |
Atlanta United has picked up 10 points in four matches at Mercedes-Benz Stadium but I would say can they go on the road and continue this pace?

Toronto FC 3-5 Montreal Impact: Burn the evidence | Waking The Red
This was a wild one as well last night. Toronto loses their first game in a long, long time. Montreal proves that they'll be a thorn in their side here down the stretch too.

The Union’s t-shirt design contest is going according to plan | Brotherly Game
And this is why you don't have t-shirt design contests my friends.

Pick a borough: The 4 best hopes for NYCFC's stadium search | FourFourTwo
It is good hearing that their stadium search is still going on and is actually picking up some steam.

Why Columbus Crew SC is the best MLS team that nobody's watching | FourFourTwo
Columbus does have a quiet, sneaky look about them these days that could pay off once the playoffs come around.

Still broken: Why firing Heaps doesn’t solve the Revs’ culture problem | FourFourTwo
Issues throughout the organization leave New England well behind the rest of MLS.