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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Atlanta wins the 2019 edition of the US Open Cup.

MLS: Houston Dynamo at FC Dallas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

We’re getting over the hump here as we move towards the weekend. Last night we saw a new USOC champion crowned in Atlanta. We dive into that and more below.

// FC Dallas //

Who was FC Dallas’ top player in their win over the Houston Dynamo? - Big D Soccer
Houston came to town and stunk it up. FC Dallas meanwhile dominated. Absolute huge win. Who is your top player as El Capitan stays home?

TRAINING TALK: On Challenges Former Players Pose Ahead of FC Cincinnati | 8.31.19 | FC Dallas
Facing some former teammates will be interesting this weekend but it will certainly be good to see Vic and Roland.

MATCH RECAP: North Texas SC 5, South Georgia Tormenta FC 0 | 8.27.19 | FC Dallas
Pepi is back folks. Two goals last night for him with North Texas. Good to see the USL side get back to scoring lots of goals.

// MLS //

Armchair Analyst: Another final, another trophy for Atlanta United |
Atlanta had control from the start of the game and really never looked back.

And another trophy is coming to Atlanta. Sigh.

For Atlanta United, winning trophies like Open Cup is "what big clubs do" |
Once again the atmosphere inside the Benz felt big. It is hard to ignore what Atlanta has brought to this league.

Warshaw: These six teams could top the MLS Eastern Conference in 2019 |
In a way, my money is still on Atlanta to figure it all out and be on top at the end. I still don't think NYCFC has what it takes and Philly seems like they could be trouble for anyone.

Vela proves vs. Galaxy that his commitment to LAFC is not in question | ESPNFC
Carlos Vela has a reputation for being disengaged. Based on his MVP numbers in 2019, and his attitude in El Trafico, that's not the case at LAFC.

Postgame Pontifications: Portland Timbers - Sounder At Heart
Sounders needed a big performance against Portland and that’s exactly what they delivered. But outside of Seattle, does anyone believe in this team?

Nashville signs Mukhtar as Designated Player | ESPNFC
An early look at the Nashville roster is pretty intriguing. They've definitely learned some things to do and not to do from past expansion clubs.

USL, ESPN agree to new partnership through 2022 | Pro Soccer USA
Under the new agreement, USL content on ESPN platforms will nearly triple, as 18 regular season games will air annually on linear ESPN channels.

// USMNT //

Bogert: Predicting Gregg Berhalter's USMNT roster for September friendlies |
Man, Bogert loves him some FCD youngsters here. Hard to argue with him on it too but do we really want to see our guys spend more time out with the national team during the stretch run?