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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, October 11, 2018

FC Dallas looks to take on the Black-and-Red this weekend.

MLS: D.C. United at FC Dallas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The week pushes into Thursday here as FC Dallas is getting ready to head to D.C. this weekend. But first some links to dive into..

// FC Dallas //

PLAYOFF PRIMER: How FC Dallas Can Clinch a First-Round Bye in DC | FC Dallas
A win and some help is what is on the docket this weekend. Or else we may be waiting a bit until the final two games to see if they can clinch the top spot.

FC Dallas' League-Best Defense Set for Showdown vs. DC United's League-Leading Attack | FC Dallas
The old matchup of the top offense against the top defense is coming up this weekend. Defense wins championships in this league but don't sleep on how hot DCU is at the moment.

Ben Olsen touts Oscar Pareja for USMNT job: "He deserves to be interviewed" |
Olsen and Pareja have a good history with one another, so seeing Benny come to his support doesn't surprise me.

// MLS //

Wiebe: Ignacio Piatti should be in every MVP conversation. Here's why. |
Can you remember a time this season when it looked like Montreal may trade away someone like Piatti? Yeah, seems like it was years ago now.

Top 5 transformative head coaching hires in MLS history |
Only a honorable mention for Pareja on this list but I can't blame the writer for not putting him in over the guys above him.

United States Canada Mexico could form combined league after 2026 World Cup | ESPNFC
To me, this sounds more like a SuperLiga reboot than a new league. Either way, it is a hard no for me.

Atlanta president Eales: Triple that rumored offer for Miguel Almiron |
So a $33 million offer would do it? Man, I don't know if MLS is ready to handle that amount of cash for a player.

Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe refuses to rule out return |
Jermain Defoe has refused to rule out a return to MLS, even though his first run in Toronto was largely a disappointment.