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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, September 27, 2017

It is game day folks!

MLS: Colorado Rapids at FC Dallas Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

We’re back into a game day mode around here as FC Dallas is in action tonight.

// FC Dallas //

What lineup changes should Oscar Pareja make against Colorado? | Big D Soccer
Do we get some kids or will this be the last try with the veteran group? Given that Kellyn Acosta and Tesho Akindele are both out for this one, more changes could be on the way.

FC Dallas vs Colorado Rapids: What to watch for | Big D Soccer
FC Dallas needs the points in a bad, bad way tonight. Colorado is a team that they should beat. Should is the key word there.

FC Dallas Taking Playoff Mentality into Double-Match Week with Postseason Hopes on the Line | FC Dallas
It is one thing to say that this group has a playoff mentality about them right now, but it is another thing to actually show it. We need to see it tonight.

Jesse Gonzalez | 24 Under 24 | MLSsoccer.com
Our big keeper comes in at number 20 on this year's list. Good stuff when you consider how much he's grown as a player this season.

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MLS, Players Union react to ongoing conversation regarding right to protest | MLSsoccer.com
Here is a little more on the Players Union reaction to the right to protest.

If soccer wants to be part of the conversation, it needs to speak up now | FourFourTwo
Soccer wants to be part of the American culture at large. For better or worse, silence isn't an option.

Backpass: The Candidates | Burgundy Wave
While Colorado is getting ready to take Dallas on tonight, they're coaching search is heating up for 2018.

Why Peter Vermes deserves even more praise ... and a shot at the USMNT job | FourFourTwo
You do have to wonder if he has been approached in the past for the USMNT gig and turned it down. Maybe after Russia he'll get his chance if he wants it.

Your ‘Bill Hamid benched’ takes are too hot | Black And Red United
The perception that D.C. United wronged their star GK over the weekend is a bit much.

Stejskal: Miguel Almiron's absence bigger than goals and assists in Atlanta | MLSsoccer.com
Atlanta needs to rest some key players at some point during this wild stretch of games but Tata Martinez doesn't seem eager to.

This gay Major League Soccer referee is coming out to ease his mind - Outsports
Much respect to this official for coming out. I know refs are what they are but you have to respect when a person makes this decision to come out.