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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, April 3, 2019

FC Dallas continues to work for the weekend as they prepare for a trip to Philly.

MLS: FC Dallas at Real Salt Lake Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

The middle of the week is here as FC Dallas continues to prepare for this weekend’s trip to Philadelphia to battle the Union.

// FC Dallas //

FC Dallas vs Real Salt Lake: Player Ratings - Big D Soccer
Lopsided ratings are the rule of the day, in a big time road win for FC Dallas.

Who was FC Dallas’ top player against Real Salt Lake? - Big D Soccer
FC Dallas took it to Salt Lake and earned a massive three points on the road. Vote for your top player from the match.

Redefining MLS Player Roles - A Machine Learning Analysis - Big D Soccer
How do you explain someone like a Michael Barrios? We give it a shot.

Full 2019 Generation adidas Cup Schedule Released, FC Dallas to Face West Ham, Red Bulls and Club America | FC Dallas
The GA Cup (and Dallas Cup) kick off next week for the academy sides, who have some tough games ahead.

INTERNATIONAL: Ricardo Pepi Called to US U-17s, Academy Midfielder Diego Letayf to Mexico U-17s | FC Dallas
Everyone is keeping a close eye on Pepi and how well he is doing.

// MLS //

Numbers behind early MLS trends including Zlatan, Vela and more |
There are a lot of interesting trends going on in MLS these days. FCD is leading the charge in a couple of them.

Report: Manchester United's Antonio Valencia mulling summer move to MLS |
I know some would be intrigued by having him here but I would just say we can do better than someone who is already into their 30s.

Fanendo Adi to undergo assessment pursuant to MLS SABH policy |
As good as things have gone for Cincy to start the season, this is certainly not something they wanted to deal with.

Crew lose Harrison Afful for four to six weeks with a broken jaw - Massive Report
The Black & Gold defender is going to miss some significant time. Ouch.

MLS Inter Miami dispute Inter Milan's U.S. trademark application | ESPNFC
Uh-oh. MLS contends that it and new club Inter Miami will be damaged by a U.S. trademark application filed by Inter Milan over usage of the term "Inter."

Through five games, the Philadelphia Union are meeting expectations - Brotherly Game
A seven-point month has the Union in a good place after a rocky start. Here is a solid look at this weekend's opponent.

College or FIFA pro gaming? For Cormac 'Doolsta' Dooley, 2019 eMLS Cup champion, it's a difficult decision | ESPNFC
Connor "Doolsta" Dooley began playing FIFA to keep in touch with his friends back home in Ireland. Now, he's good enough to go pro.