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Big D Daily: News for Friday, August 30, 2019

FC Cincinnati comes to town for the first time tomorrow night.

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

The weekend is nearly here as FC Dallas is getting set to host FC Cincinnati for the first time.

// FC Dallas //

Who should start for FC Dallas against the FC Cincinnati? - Big D Soccer
FC Dallas closes out August with a visit from the expansion side from the Queen City.

How a Tactical Shift and Three-Goal Comeback Helped FC Dallas Balance Attack with Defense | FC Dallas
Some times it takes a little while for a new coach to find that one shift in a lineup that makes things click, but thankfully Luchi did it when he did in Montreal.

FC Dallas: Ziegler embraces role as PK specialist | Pro Soccer USA
Most centerbacks don't take penalty kicks, but Reto Ziegler has been a reliable and effective option at the spot for FC Dallas this season.

// MLS //

Strength of Schedule Rankings update: Who has the toughest home stretch? |
The toughness of the schedule ticked back up for FCD over the last couple of weeks. Those gams against Seattle and NYCFC won't be easy towards the end of the season.

Top 5 Newcomers of the Year: Heber, Gil or Fernandez leading? |
You won't see a Bryan Acosta in this list but that is because the guys at the top have shined way brighter. And they're goal scorers (which Acosta wasn't brought in to do).

Wiebe: Which Western Conference teams are capable of knocking off LAFC? |
No love for FCD should they get into the post season here. I still actually like our chances against LAFC in a one-off. I know, I'm crazy.

What is an “authentic” atmosphere? - LAG Confidential
This is an interesting thing to think through as more new clubs come on board in MLS.

Tim Howard’s last game in NJ a big deal for New York Red Bulls | Pro Soccer USA
Tim Howard started his pro career with the MetroStars in 1998 and Saturday he'll play his last game in New Jersey, a fact not lost on the current Red Bulls.

FC Cincinnati to face another tough test at FC Dallas - Cincinnati Soccer Talk
The first of FC Cincinnati coach Ron Jans' seven evaluation periods for next year is Saturday when the Orange and Blue travel to face FC Dallas.