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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, March 8, 2018

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MLS sweep Mexican sides this week.

MLS: Concacaf Champions League-  Toronto FC Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

It has been a nice week for MLS sides in the Champions League as they’ve gone three for three against their Liga MX rivals.

// FC Dallas //

Power Rankings: Early reports have FC Dallas near the bottom - Big D Soccer
Hey, you gotta start the season somewhere right? For FCD, it means a climb up the mountain.

FC Dallas Using Early Season Bye Week to Recover, Set Sights on MLS Campaign | FC Dallas
Some early preseason knocks are getting worked out in the rare March bye week for FC Dallas.

FC Dallas U-19s to Open Dallas Cup Super Group Title Defense Against Arsenal | FC Dallas
That title defense begins with an EPL side for FCD later this month.

// MLS //

Fulltime: Toronto FC 2-1 Tigres - Jonathan Osorio backheels Reds to victory - Waking The Red
Toronto and Tigres had quite the show last night in Canada. But will that away goal come back to bite TFC? I think it may look very similar to FCD's exit last year.

Sounders vs. Chivas, recap: Clint Dempsey delivers to give Sounders win - Sounder At Heart
So three MLS vs Liga MX matches this week and all three went to MLS sides. You may not like Seattle but they had a nice win against Chivas last night.

Mind the gap: A single win doesn't put MLS on Liga MX's level | ESPNFC
Uh, no. They definitely have not but if MLS is able to get their three teams through to the semifinals, then we may have another discussion on this.

Homegrown players, TAM helping MLS clubs build depth to challenge Liga MX | ESPNFC
It used to be that MLS sides lacked the depth to compete with Liga MX clubs, but through the emergence of homegrown players and TAM, that's changing.

MLS has banner day but must get results in Mexico to keep flag flying high |
Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders topped their Liga MX visitors but have work to do to make the semifinals of the tournament.

Sources: New England Revolution offered Krisztian Nemeth to multiple teams |
What New England is doing these days is starting to be comical. First the spat with Lee Nguyen, and now they want to trade Nemeth.

Tenorio: How DC United landed Yamil Asad |
This is some really fascinating reporting on how Asad landed with DCU.

Bastian Schweinsteiger expects Chicago Fire to 'take the next step' in 2018 | Pro Soccer USA
Chicago exceeded a lot of people's expectations in 2017, but do they really have the talent to do it again?

Watch: LAFC take on Late Late Show with James Corden in soccer match - Angels on Parade
Jokes aside, seeing a MLS side get this kind of national attention is a good thing.