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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, March 21, 2018

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The midweek is here as FC Dallas is getting set to host Portland.

MLS: Seattle Sounders at FC Dallas Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

It is time to get over the hump here as we’re at the mid way point in our week.

// FC Dallas //

Workhorse of the Week vs. Seattle Sounders - Big D Soccer
Which player stood out to you in FC Dallas’ romp over the hapless Seattle Sounders?

FC Dallas vs. Seattle Sounders: Player Ratings - Big D Soccer
Several players stood out in the big victory over Seattle.

FCD on Loan: Francis Atuahene scores in his debut with OKC Energy FC - Big D Soccer
Jordan Cano, Francis Atuahene, and Ema Twumasi all had solid debuts for the Energy FC.

FC Dallas vs Seattle Sounders: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly - Big D Soccer
Getting three points was important in this one as FC Dallas has to continue to press forward during this home stretch.

Carlos Gruezo gives FC Dallas midfield advantage - Big D Soccer
If you are like me and love you some Carlos Gruezo, you'll want to dive into this one.

Lamah as a Starter, Goalkeeping Competition, Paxton Pomykal's Rise and More | FC Dallas
Plenty of good notes in this one, including how Jimmy Maurer is going to make it tough on Jesse Gonzalez to get his job back.

Jesus Ferreira Undergoes Successful Core Muscle Repair Surgery | FC Dallas
This is certainly a huge bummer for the young forward.

FC Dallas' Jacori Hayes says red card for Clint Dempsey is fair | Dallas Morning News
When the guy that got fouled says he was hit where he was hit, I think it is safe to say this debate can be put to rest.

// MLS //

High-scoring, loose-defending Sporting Kansas City an early season surprise | MLSsoccer.com
If you have watched even a second of SKC play this season, you'll understand how erratic they've been.

Defending champs Toronto FC in rare company after winless MLS start | MLSsoccer.com
I don't expect this winless run to continue for long with this TFC group.

Giovani dos Santos voted most overrated in poll of MLS players | ESPNFC
Giovani dos Santos is the most overrated player in MLS, while Ignacio Piatti is the most underrated, an ESPN poll of current players found.

Orlando City already under pressure, the CCL hangover and more | Goal.com
High expectations have put real pressure on Orlando City to win, making its winless start to 2018 a bit worrisome.

Ready or not? The double-edged sword of the ‘play your kids’ movement | FourFourTwo
When it comes to young players getting minutes, there's more than meets the eye. That is why we've always said on this space that it is an easier said than done kind of thing.

Baxter: Sources claim Zlatan Ibrahimovic announcement could come next week - LAG Confidential
Even if he signs right now, it doesn't mean he'll actually show up until this summer.

How MLS compares to other leagues in playing domestic talent | Pro Soccer USA
As we approach the first international "break" of the Major League Soccer season, a lot of smart people have been pointing out that there seems to be fewer domestic players in the league.