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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, August 1, 2019

The annual All-Star game is in the books as MLS looks to the playoff run.

MLS: MLS All-Star Game Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

We’re now in August folks. Yes, August. The last two-ish months of the regular season are here for FC Dallas as they first begin their playoff push against Orlando this weekend.

// FC Dallas //

August Outlook: Can FC Dallas build momentum towards a playoff run? - Big D Soccer
Six more games are on tap for FC Dallas as they head into the most important stretch of the season.

Jesse Gonzalez Steps Up for FC Dallas and Adds a New Dimension to His Game | FC Dallas
He's easily been one of the best keepers in MLS this season. Also, that passing game has really improved out of him this year under Luchi.

POSTGAME: Paxton Pomykal on his First MLS All-Star Experience and His Future at FC Dallas | FC Dallas
Paxton is pretty damn humble here.

// MLS //

MLS All-Stars 0, Atletico Madrid 3 | 2019 MLS All-Star Game Recap |
This felt like the first ASG in a while were the opposition was just on solid form and MLS looked like the team that just came together the day before.

Boehm: Tribal Orlando gives All-Star reminder of the beautiful game's roots |
I can't remember a previous ASG that had a weather delay but Orlando still brought it last night.

Wondolowski, Rimando make lasting All-Star memories as their careers near their end | ESPNFC
There was no storybook ending, but elder statesman Chris Wondolowski and the retiring Nick Rimando made the most of their MLS All-Star experiences.

Simeone: 'Dynamic' MLS All-Stars could have hurt us | ESPNFC
Despite his side beating the MLS All-Stars 3-0 on Wednesday, Diego Simeone said the Major League Soccer side "could have hurt" his Atletico Madrid.

MLS All-Stars ponder adjustments to All-Star Game format | Pro Soccer USA
I'd still love to see an East vs West game make a return.

The importance of the MLS All-Star Game | US Soccer Players
For players like Ezequiel Barco, Paxton Pomykal, Diego Rossi, and Mark-Anthony Kaye, the 2019 MLS All-Star Game is important for their futures.

Using Expected Threat to Find the Best Shot-Creators in MLS — American Soccer Analysis
I'm going to give you the answer you're probably already asking, there aren't any FCD players on this list.

Don Garber Q&A: MLS commissioner talks legacy, politics, gambling and Liga MX | ESPNFC
In a wide-ranging interview with ESPN FC's Jeff Carlisle, MLS commissioner Don Garber talks about his 20 years in charge and much more.

Audi and MLS Announce New Performance Center for Orlando City SC - The Mane Land
I wonder if this is a way for some select academies that receive this to get some life injected into their system somehow.

Use The Chicago Fire Brand As Intended - Hot Time In Old Town
Keep the brand. Rebuild the club. I think I can get on board with that motto for Chicago fans.

Raising the price of MLS expansion | US Soccer Players
MLS commissioner Don Garber is now putting the total price for investing in an MLS expansion team at between $550 million and $650 million in the soccer news.

MLS expansion candidates attend all-star game, lobby for bids | Pro Soccer USA
So we can expect St. Louis to be next, followed by Sacramento...followed by Vegas and Charlotte. At least that is my guess at this point. That would round out that ol' map a good bit too.