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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, April 18, 2019

FC Dallas heads to Atlanta later today for their weekend encounter with the defending MLS Cup champions.

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

We’ve almost put a cap on this busy tournament week around Dallas, while FC Dallas is getting set to take on Atlanta United this weekend.

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How machine learning handles MLS player and team growth - Big D Soccer
Let’s take a look at a couple of examples of players growing and blossoming into key players for their teams in the past few seasons.

TOURNAMENT WEEK: U-14s Advance to Semifinals, U-12s Start with a Win and Day 4 Results | FC Dallas
Another day down in the Dallas Cup that saw some more wins for the various FCD teams.

ACADEMY: FC Dallas Lead Group at Go Cup in Brazil | FC Dallas
Let's not forget this group that is killing it in Brazil right now.

FC Dallas' Jesus Ferreira: A lesson in making most of your opportunity |
We're already hyped up about Ferreira and his emergence so far this season.

Stejskal: FC Dallas' Pomykal on the road to greatness, but it's a long one |
There is a lot of good information in this one on Paxton, including that he is in a contract season. (I'm pretty sure Reggie Cannon is as well)

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Armchair Analyst: LAFC's pace & your Qs answered in the mailbag |
Lots of stuff in this mailbag from Doyle on LAFC's strong start and more.

Vancouver Whitecaps Post Match: A Win! - Eighty Six Forever
The Whitecaps secure their first win of the season at home against the top team in MLS.

Winless Upsets Undefeated: Vancouver Whitecaps 1, LAFC 0 - Angels on Parade
LAFC started two former FCD academy players on their backline and the result didn't pay off.

Vancouver Whitecaps victory over LAFC overshadowed by fan protest | Pro Soccer USA
Well, this isn't a good look for Vancouver.

Wiebe: Five MLS teenagers leading the #PlayYourKids charge |
No surprise to anyone following FC Dallas when they see the top of this list.

The 10 most surprising narratives of the 2019 MLS season (so far) |
There have been a lot of interesting storylines to begin the new season, and this just feels like it is scratching the surface.

MLS MVP Watch: How Vela, Ibrahimovic, Rooney & Co. stack up after seven weeks | ESPNFC
Vela has already run away with the MVP so far in my book this season but there are some guys catching up to him.