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Big D Daily: News for Friday, August 9, 2019

Now that the transfer window has closed in MLS, it is time to get into the playoff push.

MLS: Seattle Sounders FC at FC Dallas Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The weekend is here as FC Dallas is back at home tomorrow night to host Minnesota.

// FC Dallas //

Who should start for FC Dallas against Minnesota United? - Big D Soccer
FC Dallas needs to get going here as the playoff push ramps up. How should tomorrow's lineup look?

GET SET: FC Dallas vs. Minnesota United FC | 8.10.19 | FC Dallas
Let's hope some finishing has been a big part of training this week.

// MLS //

Armchair Analyst: All 24 MLS teams ranked by tier – revisited |
FCD's comments feel spot on here as this team really could go either way here this season.

Bogert: Grading all 24 teams for the Secondary Transfer Window |
The FCD grade feels super generous when you consider how much some other clubs were spending this summer. FCD saw a DP leave, a DP go out on loan, a TAM player come that hasn't made an impact and a HGP signing. Yeah.

Minnesota United not sweating Atlanta comparisons ahead of Open Cup final |
It is intriguing how both of these clubs will make their USOC final debut later this month.

Why fans call FC Cincinnati vs. Columbus Crew SC the "Hell is Real" derby |
The Ohio Derby is here for a first run this weekend. So that should be fun.

Dennis te Kloese has turned the LA Galaxy organization around - LAG Confidential
The Galaxy do feel a little more like their old self here with how they are getting these big named guys in.

LA Galaxy sign Cristian Pavon on loan from Argentine club Boca Juniors |
We live in a world that allows LA to get guys like Zlatan and Pavon in on TAM deals.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic criticizes MLS regular season as “s**t” - LAG Confidential
He's not wrong, but he's also not right about this.

MLS W2W4: Are Pity, De Boer really turning the corner in Atlanta? | ESPNFC
To say the Pity Martinez-Frank de Boer relationship in Atlanta has gotten off to a rocky start is an understatement, but are things maybe improving? It kind of seems like they are.

Kekuta Manneh's long and winding road to Cincinnati | ESPNFC
I still think he would have been a solid fit here at some point.