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Big D Daily: News for Friday, May 3, 2019

FC Dallas travels south to battle the Houston Dynamo this weekend.

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

Derby day is nearly here, and I’m not talking about the one in Kentucky. No, the Texas Derby is upon us here as FC Dallas will head south today in preparation for their match tomorrow against Houston.

// FC Dallas //

Things we’re looking forward to in the 2019 Texas Derby - Big D Soccer
There hasn’t been a ton of excitement in recent Derby matches but maybe 2019 will be different.

Who should start for FC Dallas against the Houston Dynamo? - Big D Soccer
Some new injuries have popped up for Luchi Gonzalez to deal with this weekend.

INFOGRAPH: FC Dallas Brings Texas Derby Dominance into a New Generation | FC Dallas
The series is kind of even when you look back at it all.

With Paxton Pomykal out, FC Dallas continues to adjust | Pro Soccer USA
It could be a little while before we see Paxton back on the field with FCD again.

// MLS //

Report: Toronto FC in discussions to sign Omar Gonzalez - Waking The Red
TFC are looking to sign the American defender using their top spot in the allocation order.

MLS announces Atletico Madrid as opponent for 2019 MLS All-Star Game | MLSsoccer.com
I'm glad that MLS has moved away from pulling in English clubs each year these days.

Wiebe: My MLS All-Star XI to beat Atletico Madrid | MLSsoccer.com
Nice to see Reto get some love here by Wiebe.

Boehm: All-Star 2019 to renew Antoine Griezmann’s love affair with US, MLS | MLSsoccer.com
I suppose this will be a brief test for Griezmann to see how much he truly does like MLS.

Minnesota United can finally focus on playing soccer at Allianz Field - E Pluribus Loonum
Sometimes, breaking all those "firsts" at a new stadium can be exhausting.

Why Boniek Garcia Continues to Play a Huge Role for the Houston Dynamo - Dynamo Theory
Boniek Garcia feels like a player that has been in MLS for a long time, and it shows as he just passed his 200th game with the Dynamo.

CONCACAF president skeptical over Liga MX-MLS Copa Libertadores reports | ESPNFC
I'm kind of on the same page here with Victor Montagliani, at least from a MLS side of things.

Monterrey's CONCACAF Champions League title sets standard for others | ESPNFC
Monterrey's CONCACAF Champions League win over rivals Tigres highlighted just how high the bar has been set for MLS clubs seeking contentinal glory.

USL League One expanding to Omaha, Nebraska in 2020 | Pro Soccer USA
The team is still unnamed, but it will be the only professional soccer club playing in the state of Nebraska.