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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Well, that was pretty ugly for the US last night.

Soccer: CONCACAF Nations League Soccer-USA at Canada Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

The week is moving on here as we inch closer to the weekend’s playoff games.

// FC Dallas //

Ricardo Pepi Continues to Push Boundaries Heading into the U-17 World Cup | FC Dallas
Everyone seems to be on the Pepi hype train these days and those who aren't have a chance to climb aboard later this month.

// MLS //

2019 MLS awards, as voted on by SB Nation - SBNation.com
I participated in this and as you can see there is some FCD love in these awards.

MLS expansion: Sacramento CA to get professional soccer team | The Sacramento Bee
MLS and Sacramento officials have reached an agreement to make Republic FC the next expansion team in MLS, sources say. An announcement ceremony is expected next week.

Andre Shinyashiki named 2019 MLS Rookie of the Year - Burgundy Wave
He was on the top of my ballot this year when I voted for the league awards. When John Nelson and Edwin Cerrillo stopped playing a bunch in the summer, guys like Shinyashiki began to emerge.

NYCFC finds life after David Villa and has the scoring power to win MLS Cup | ESPNFC
New York City FC had long revolved around David Villa, but without him the attack is unpredictable, and an MLS Cup run looks more likely than ever.

With move to Soldier Field official, Chicago Fire set sights on maximizing opportunity | MLSsoccer.com
This feels like a super bold plan to get Solider Field packed each game. But tickets as low as $15 is a nice start.

// USMNT //

Nations League recap - USA 0-2 Canada: An abysmal loss up north - Stars and Stripes FC
Oh Canada indeed.

Bogert: US national team can't match Canada's fight and historic result ensues | MLSsoccer.com
The first time since 1985. Wow. But you know, in a way this is good for both sides as the US really need a punch to the gut that isn't Mexico.

Berhalter: US national team "didn't match what Canada was bringing" in intensity | MLSsoccer.com
This isn't a great look for Gregg Berhalter.

US players lack 'passion and love' - Earthquakes coach Matias Almeyda | ESPNFC
Earthquakes coach Matias Almeyda said that the U.S. players lack "passion and love" for football and need to play like every match matters.

The USMNT’s surprise loss to Canada has fans freaking out | Pro Soccer USA
No one was really happy with the loss.