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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, March 14, 2019

MLS expansion talks continue to heat up in two cities.

Daniel McCullough

The weekend is nearly here as FC Dallas hits the road later today to head to Ohio for their weekend clash with the Crew.

// FC Dallas //

North Texas Soccer Club to Host FC Dallas-Real Salt Lake Watch Party Following 2019 Home Opener | FC Dallas
Watch a game and then enjoy a watch party. It should be a fun evening!

TRAINING TALK: Luchi Gonzalez Ahead of FC Dallas vs. Columbus Crew | 3.16.19 | FC Dallas
Luchi talks the challenges of their first road game.

Luchi Gonzalez hoping FC Dallas maintains foundation on first road trip | MLSsoccer.com
Columbus is going to be a tricky team to pick points up against this weekend.

Caleb Porter looks forward to "more of a soccer game" vs. FC Dallas | MLSsoccer.com
Porter talks this weekend and how his side looks to get back to some basics.

// MLS //

MLS Machine Season Prediction - After Week 2 - Big D Soccer
Where do things stand after week 2? We dive into the machine to see.

CCL Recap: Atlanta United Hands Rayados First Loss of 2019 In 1-0 Win - Dirty South Soccer
Atlanta looked far better in this leg but their loss in Mexico will haunt them as they fail to advance.

Wiebe: Atlanta United joins parade of MLS teams unable to conquer CCL | MLSsoccer.com
CCL is just a different monster for MLS sides, that much we've already known for years.

Three teams looking like MLS Cup contenders after two games | MLSsoccer.com
With the West being as open as it is these days, it isn't a shocker to see a couple early contenders come from there.

MLS commissioner Don Garber: Support for St. Louis expansion team 'remarkable' | Pro Soccer USA
MLS has always been keen on getting a team in St. Louis, similar to how we've seen them be overly excited for other markets like Miami and Atlanta in the past.

Can Sacramento land a Major League Soccer franchise? | The Sacramento Bee
Sacramento has been through the ringer here in the expansion process but they're getting closer and closer.

MLS says other cities will have to wait behind St. Louis and Sacramento for teams | stltoday.com
So we'll know at some point this year where the 28th club will be in MLS as it looks to be down to two cities.

How long will Zlatan Ibrahimovic be out? - LAG Confidential
The big Swede has not been training lately and the Galaxy will certainly suffer without him.

FIFA panel rejects U.S. youth clubs' payment claims related to Bradley Dempsey transfers | ESPNFC
A FIFA panel has ruled against two U.S.-based youth clubs who were seeking payments related to the transfers of Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley.