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Big D Daily: News for Tuesday, April 9, 2019

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FC Dallas returns to training to prepare for this weekend’s game against Portland.

MLS: FC Dallas at Philadelphia Union Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

The week moves on here as we get into a Tuesday that will see FC Dallas return to training after a day off.

// FC Dallas //

East Stand View: Growing pains continue for FC Dallas - Big D Soccer
The kids performed well, the vets, maybe not so much. All we can say here is that, this is still going to be a long season.

Hot Takes: Luchi Gonzalez is learning on the job - Big D Soccer
The inexperience showed Saturday in Philly as the defense buckled under the pressure when it mattered the most.

Jimmy Maurer, Brandon Servania Make 2019 MLS Debuts After Featuring for North Texas Soccer Club | FC Dallas
I think this is only the beginning of stories like this one that see players get their first chances (Servania not Mauer) in the USL1 with NTSC before they get called up to the big show in MLS.

// MLS //

Warshaw: Cabrera's dilemma in Houston and 23 more thoughts on MLS | MLSsoccer.com
I rather enjoy seeing our old pal Bobby write up a thought about every club each week like this.

Sounders announce Sammy the Sounder - Sounder At Heart
I guess more MLS teams feel the need to go the traditional mascot route these days.

Philadelphia Union forward Fafa Picault speaks out on Reto Ziegler’s kick - Brotherly Game
Philly folks think Ziegler got away with one here.

Brew Hall to bluegrass: 10 Things About Minnesota United's Allianz Field | MLSsoccer.com
I really can't wait to visit this stadium when I get the chance.

Three potential MLS landing spots for Bayern Munich star Arjen Robben | MLSsoccer.com
I know of a couple people on the Big D Soccer staff that want to see this happen here.

Toronto held 'exploratory' talks with Bayern Munich's Robben - ESPNFC
Toronto FC has held "exploratory" talks with Arjen Robben but is not actively pursuing a move for the Bayern Munich winger, because of course they have.

The record LAFC broke that no one is talking about | Pro Soccer USA
Los Angeles FC is off to a hot start this season. Just six games in, they've already broken a Major League Soccer record that had stood since 1998.

Montreal Impact get first glimpse of tighter MLS schedule | Pro Soccer USA
The Montreal Impact gets its first glimpse of the new, tighter, MLS schedule. There are plenty of games coming up that will test a team like this.