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Big D Daily: News for Friday, September 8, 2017

The weekend is finally here as FCD visits Georgia for the first time.

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

We’re finally at the weekend around here as FC Dallas is getting set to take on Atlanta United for the first time this season.

// FC Dallas //

What amount of points does FC Dallas need to get to reach the playoffs? | Big D Soccer
It is that time of the year again, where magic numbers are all the rage. But what does our staff think we really need to get?

Squad Selection: Will the tide turn in Atlanta for FC Dallas? | Big D Soccer
Key players are back from international duty. So who do you start this weekend?

// MLS //

Baer: The magic number your team needs to hit to make the playoffs |
We discussed magic numbers in the link above but this is what sparked the talk for our staff. It seems as though FCD need 48 points to get into the post season, meaning they'll need 11 points in their final eight games.

Transfer bids for Atlanta United's stars have 'got to be big' | ESPN FC
Atlanta has a few really good young players that clubs are going to want at some point. But they want to hold on to them until an offer is really good.

Examining Atlanta United's depth at each position | Dirty South Soccer
If you are looking for a little light reading on our weekend opponent, here is a good look at their depth chart.

// World Cup //

Armchair Analyst: Yes, missing the World Cup would be awful for US soccer |
Yes, let's not bring up what could happen if the US miss out on Russia.

Forty-One Cities Submit Bids to Serve as Host Cities in United Bid for 2026 FIFA World Cup | U.S. Soccer
Dallas has two stadiums on their bid for the World Cup hosting. I still hope the Cotton Bowl gets picked over JerryWorld.