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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, October 1, 2020

The big push for the playoffs begins now as the calendar has turned over to October.

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

I don’t know about you, but having a night off from a midweek game for the first time in a few weeks felt rather nice. Now we’re getting geared up towards the weekend as FC Dallas welcomes in Columbus.

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Bayern Munich boss praises center back Chris Richards: He deserves his minutes | MLSsoccer.com
The former FC Dallas player (well, academy player) is getting closer to being a prime-time player for the German giants.

Columbus Crew is Saturday underdogs to FC Dallas - Massive Report
Kind of weird that Columbus is being considered an underdog but I guess when they're on the road after a bad loss, it makes sense.

Tanner Tessmann chose FC Dallas over Clemson football and Dabo Swinney, is thriving in MLS | ESPNFC
Playing for Dabo Swinney is an offer most can't refuse, but Tanner Tessmann did just that, and the Clemson coach's godson is thriving for FC Dallas.

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Handicapping how the 2020 MLS Supporters' Shield race could unfold | Greg Seltzer | MLSsoccer.com
Right now there are a few teams that have a real shot at the Shield for 2020. FC Dallas will face one of them this weekend.

Matt Doyle: Why things won't get better for LAFC anytime soon this season | MLSsoccer.com
I always thought when they traded away Walker Zimmerman that this would be a challenging year for them, primarily in the defense. Add Carlos Vela being out and it is where they're at.

Boehm: DC United's Ben Olsen on the "scalding hot seat"? It's complicated | MLSsoccer.com
New reports indicate that D.C. United head coach Ben Olsen is on the hot seat as the club sits in last place in the overall table. While injuries to star players have left a mark in 2020, club leadership is faced with some challenging questions.

Despite letters, MLS teams likely to release players for international call-ups – The Athletic ($)
After sending notices that they would not release players for October international matches, now it seems as if they are going to release players after all.

LAFC and the Galaxy vs the LA sports market | US Soccer Players
It's a bad time for both the Galaxy and LAFC to be underachieving with the Lakers and the Dodgers eyeing trophies in a competitive sports market.

Higuain's Inter Miami debut | US Soccer Players
Gonzalo Higuain joins Inter Miami with the club struggling in a bizarre expansion season but with enough optimism to look towards 2021.

MLS Midseason Awards: Columbus Crew, Rossi, Pozuelo, Atlanta United all take home hardware | ESPNFC
Here is another round of MLS midseason awards.