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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, April 19, 2018

FC Dallas continues to prepare for Philly this weekend.

MLS: Portland Timbers at FC Dallas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The weekend is coming closer and closer into the foreground as FC Dallas continues to prepare for the Union.

// FC Dallas //

Power Rankings: FC Dallas continues to climb after road win - Big D Soccer
Staying unbeaten is starting to grab people’s attention around the web.

Who has been the biggest surprise so far for FC Dallas in 2018? - Big D Soccer
Both good and bad, there have been plenty of surprising elements to the beginning of this season.

Player ratings: How each FC Dallas player did against New England - Big D Soccer
A big road win for FC Dallas, on the shoulders of a couple of great performances. See how each player rated.

FC Dallas Using Mix of Veteran Leadership and Youth in Early-Season Defensive Success | FC Dallas
The defense has been good at times so far this season with the newcomers stepping up nicely.

// MLS //

Tenorio: TAM funds cause domino effect for international slots, MLS trades |
TAM has been a very interesting thing for MLS teams to toss around, that we know for certain.

Seltzer: Five teams that have work to do before transfer window closes |
MLS's transfer window will be closing soon until the summer one hits. FCD seems to be a in good spot.

Wiebe: Is our Concacaf Champions League fever breaking? |
Lots of woulda, coulda, shoulda for MLS in the Champions League.

6ix on a Wave: Who Said It’s Easy? — Toronto FC discussion - Waking The Red
Toronto fans haven't had much to celebrate in 2018 and Tuesday night was certainly a tough one for them.

Watch: Zlatan Ibrahimovic appears on Jimmy Kimmel Live - LAG Confidential
Going to the World Cup and playing in the World Cup are two very different things.

LAFC's Banc of California Stadium is officially open for business |
This is definitely the nicest stadium in LA right now...maybe even in all of MLS.

Too early to tell if Fagundez is a suitable Nguyen replacement | Pro Soccer USA
New England Revolution head coach Brad Friedel is standing by his decision to keep Lee Nguyen off the matchday 18, citing Diego Fagundez’s rise as the team’s starting playmaker.