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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 | MLSsoccer.com
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 | MLSsoccer.com
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 | MLSsoccer.com
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 | MLSsoccer.com
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 | MLSsoccer.com
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.