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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, May 3, 2018

FC Dallas looks to head West to sunny Southern California this week.

MLS: FC Dallas at New York City FC Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The week is nearly over as FC Dallas continues to prepare for a weekend match against LAFC.

// FC Dallas //

Power Rankings: FC Dallas’ first loss shows in recent polls - Big D Soccer
The first loss of the season took a toll on the rankings for FCD.

How does FC Dallas’ schedule shape up for the month of May? - Big D Soccer
Five big games could make FCD’s season as they visit LA twice and play at home two more times.

TRAINING TALK: Matt Hedges Ahead of FC Dallas vs. Los Angeles Football Club | 5.5.18 | FC Dallas
Hedges discusses how dangerous the attack for LAFC can be here.

After long wait, Jimmy Maurer finds right opportunity in MLS with FC Dallas | MLSsoccer.com
Jimmy had his first rough game of the season in New York but I don't think it will be enough for Jesse Gonzalez to steal back the starting role just yet.

// MLS //

Warshaw: Nguyen trade gives Bob Bradley fascinating decisions – and options | MLSsoccer.com
I wouldn't expect LAFC to use Lee Nguyen on Saturday but crazier things have happened before. Either way, he adds a different layer for the expansion side.

Lee Nguyen, LAFC and New England all get what they want in deadline deal | ESPNFC
Lee Nguyen wanted out of New England, the Revs wanted to send him out west and LAFC wanted attacking depth. Tuesday's trade satisfied them all.

LAFC sign Norwegian striker Adama Diomandé - Angels on Parade
This deal was completed before the transfer window closed...but some aren't super thrilled that they didn't add to their defense instead.

With Primary Transfer Window closed, here are six targets for the summer | MLSsoccer.com
There are definitely some interesting names on this list, none linked with FCD sadly.

“I screwed up”: Seattle Sounders Garth Lagerwey apologizes - Sounder At Heart
Sounders GM also dropped some juicy tidbits on future transfers, including hopes for more than one summer acquisition.

Is Vieira ready to replace Wenger as Arsenal manager? | Goal.com
This could easily be the story of the summer in MLS.

NYCFC's Patrick Vieira touts Red Bulls rival Jesse Marsch ahead of derby | Pro Soccer USA
There is some good, mutual respect between the two New York sides these days.

FC Cincinnati release statement on MLS expansion after Los Angeles visit | MLSsoccer.com
I think they are inching closer and closer to getting an expansion bid announcement.