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Big D Daily: News for Tuesday, September 4, 2018

The Texas Derby has been claimed, now FC Dallas sets course for a playoff run.

MLS: Houston Dynamo at FC Dallas Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The holiday weekend is over and it is time to get back into the swing of things as FC Dallas gets a week off here.

// FC Dallas //

Scratching the Chalkboard: Offense Flies - Big D Soccer
We finally see why Badji is such a great fit for this team as the team explodes for a seven goal week.

Three things we learned in FC Dallas’ 4-2 win over the Houston Dynamo - Big D Soccer
Santi’s and Mikey’s big games ensure Dallas three points and more importantly the cannon is returning home.

FC Dallas downs Houston Dynamo 4-2 to reclaim the Texas Derby - Big D Soccer
Santiago Mosquera scored a brace, Michael Barrios continues to stay hot as FC Dallas win the Derby for the first time since 2015.

Michael Barrios, Santiago Mosquera drive FC Dallas to claim El Capitan | MLSsoccer.com
Six goals in seven games for Barrios is a good start. But seeing Mosquera score three in two games is even better in my book.

WHAT WE LEARNED: Three Takeaways from FC Dallas' 4-2 Win Over Houston | FC Dallas
I love the call out here for Abel Aguilar and how he helped close the game out. Dallas needs a guy like that off the bench and they certainly have found one.

FC Dallas beats Houston Dynamo 4-2, El Capitan returns to Toyota Stadium | Pro Soccer USA
Dallas had pretty much full control of this one outside of about three minutes.

// MLS //

Armchair Analyst: RSL, Seattle drop the hammer & more from Week 27 | MLSsoccer.com
I know the talk right now is about Seattle being hot but RSL also is scoring goals at a ridiculous clip.

Father-son faceoff, duck tales, dangerous DC: What you missed in Week 27 | MLSsoccer.com
We're in the home stretch of the season people. Crazy, right?

Michael Bradley believes Toronto FC underestimated the challenge of 2018 | MLSsoccer.com
They have about a one percent chance at reaching the playoffs at this point. So yeah.

Carlos Vela is a magician - Angels on Parade
The LAFC star scored one of the more geometrically challenging goals you’ll ever see.

// USMNT //

Will American soccer even look for the next Clint Dempsey? - SBNation.com
Dempsey is one of a kind. Mostly because soccer is for rich kids who get their love for the game coached out of them.

U.S. youth a priority, but experience of Brooks, Acosta still matters | ESPNFC
This U.S. squad for friendlies against Brazil and Mexico is still dominated by youth, but the experience of John Brooks still has a role to play.

USMNT 24-man roster named for September friendlies - Stars and Stripes FC
Sarachan continues to keep the youth train going as our old pal Kellyn gets another call up.

Christian Pulisic out Tim Weah in for U.S. roster to face Brazil Mexico | ESPNFC
The U.S. youth movement continued with the roster decisions for games vs. Brazil and Mexico, though Christian Pulisic will be out because of injury.