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Big D Daily: News for Friday, October 12, 2018

The weekend is finally here as FC Dallas is getting ready to take on DC United.

MLS: Orlando City SC at FC Dallas Andrew Dieb-USA TODAY Sports

Ah, the weekend is here folks. Time to get the work week done and move into another game as FC Dallas looks to take down D.C. United. But first, some daily links to discuss..

// FC Dallas //

How FC Dallas’ defense will lead them to a MLS Cup in 2018 - Big D Soccer
While there may be questions about the offense, FC Dallas’ defense looks up to the task for a deep playoff run.

What will FC Dallas’ best lineup be against D.C. United? - Big D Soccer
Some big names are out of the lineup this week for FC Dallas but that shouldn't force Oscar Pareja to throw a bad lineup out there tomorrow night.

TRAINING TALK: Reto Ziegler on FC Dallas at DC United | 10.13.18 | FC Dallas
Dallas will need a big game from Ziegler and Hedges to lock down someone like Wayne Rooney.

// MLS //

Stejskal: Sebastian Blanco cementing star status for Portland Timbers | MLSsoccer.com
Blanco is one of those quiet DPs that few talk about but more should.

Warshaw: Who are the MLS award favorites heading down the stretch? | MLSsoccer.com
The award race is about to come to a conclusion with the regular season and a lot is still up for grabs.

Boehm: How high can this climbing Philadelphia Union squad rise? | MLSsoccer.com
It is a bit crazy to think that this Philly team has climbed the standings at the rate that they have here.

Do Mexico’s Liga MX and MLS have a future together? - Brotherly Game
Here is another bit of talk on the Liga MX/MLS league hat popped up this week.

Columbus Crew SC’s Frankie Hejduk berates former coworker on Twitter - Massive Report
The Black & Gold Brand Ambassador painted himself in a bad light for no reason.

The Salt: Schedule hell, RSL got bad, and where’s Onuoha? - RSL Soapbox
RSL folks love to complain, don't they?

New York City FC trio sign new multi-year deals | Pro Soccer USA
Goalkeeper Sean Johnson, central defender Alexander Callens and midfielder Alex Ring will remain with NYCFC for the long term.

// USMNT //

USA vs. Colombia, recap: Colombia flexes their muscles on the young yanks - Stars and Stripes FC
The young USMNT got a dose of reality but there is no shame in losing to a team like Colombia right now. Also, nice goal Kellyn.

Report: Crew SC's Berhalter "clear frontrunner" for US national team coach | MLSsoccer.com
This feels like an obvious choice to make in my mind. I would suspect the day Columbus exits the playoffs, he'll be named the new manager.

USA vs. Colombia, recap: Colombia flexes their muscles on the young yanks - Stars and Stripes FC
The young USMNT got a dose of reality but there is no shame in losing to a team like Colombia right now. Also, nice goal Kellyn.

This Tim Weah assist will make you a believer - Stars and Stripes FC
Yes, I want more of this type of play on this team. Yes.