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Big D Daily: News for Monday, October 1, 2018

FC Dallas is heading back to the playoffs.

MLS: FC Dallas at Portland Timbers Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

The weekend is now over and we can begin talking about playoffs for FC Dallas after they punched their ticket on Saturday.

// FC Dallas //

FC Dallas’ playoff identity showed through in draw against Portland - Big D Soccer
Knowing who you are at this point in the season is key, but also knowing how to pick up results on the road because of that identity is even bigger.

FC Dallas vs Portland Timbers: Highlights, stats and quote sheet - Big D Soccer
All the facts from FC Dallas’ playoff clinching tie can be found here.

WHAT WE LEARNED: Attacking Sides, Closing it Out and Work Left to Do | FC Dallas
I think more and more we're seeing the lineup that Oscar wants to use the rest of the way, and that includes what comes off his bench.

FC Dallas Cements Return to Postseason with Draw in Portland, Eyes Shift to Securing Bye | FC Dallas
First task was getting back into the playoffs, now it will all be about getting some home field advantage throughout.

FC Dallas embrace "great news" of playoff qualification after draw |
Sure, it wasn't a pretty game by any stretch but you kind of want any result you can get at this point in the season on the road.

FC Dallas clinches first playoff spot in Western Conference with scoreless draw at Portland | Pro Soccer USA
And one more recap of Saturday's draw to get your week started off.

Portland Timbers can’t break down FC Dallas in 0-0 draw - Stumptown Footy
The Dallas defense showed up well as Portland struggled to break them down.

// MLS //

Armchair Analyst: RBNY make their statement & more from Week 31 |
Naturally, Doyle is concerned about something with FC Dallas. Not to say it isn't something to be concerned over but I think any team in MLS would be thrilled with four points in back-to-back games to the Pacific Northwest.

Michael Mancienne: Worth the $1.28M price tag for New England Revolution? - The Bent Musket
New England fans are beginning to break down every little thing that is going wrong for them here as the final month of the season kicks off.

RSL deadlocks 1-1 with Sporting Kansas City - RSL Soapbox
RSL picks up a key draw while keeping Sporting away from clinching a playoff spot.

Red Bulls stifle Atlanta United - Once A Metro
No BWP, no Adams, no problem as the Red Bulls frustrate Atlanta United and earn the full three points.

Red Bulls dominate Atlanta United to show league they are the team to beat |
New York looked like a determined team on Sunday that wanted to prove something, and they did.

LA Galaxy top Vancouver Whitecaps 3-0 - LAG Confidential
A Zlatan brace pushes LA into the postseason race. They may be a team I would want to avoid.

Should Colorado Rapids fans 'Trust the process?' | Pro Soccer USA
I think the easy answer is, no.