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Big D Daily: News for Monday, October 26, 2020

And some how we’ve made it to the final week of October. Wow.

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MLS: FC Dallas at Real Salt Lake Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

I always say that time goes a little quicker after Labor Day and that appears to still be the case as we’re staring down the final week of October here. FC Dallas has four games left on the season (maybe five if they decide to make up that one against Minnesota...but I’m not expecting that). Either way, a lot to play for here as the playoffs aren’t far away.

// FC Dallas //

FC Dallas earns a scoreless draw against Real Salt Lake - Big D Soccer
Jimmy Maurer came up big several times in the draw that keeps FC Dallas above the playoff line for now.

Three things we learned in FC Dallas’ scoreless draw vs Real Salt Lake - Big D Soccer
FC Dallas didn’t have a plan against RSL and whatever they did have, didn’t work.

Scratching the Chalkboard: Where’s the offense? - Big D Soccer
Dallas continues to struggle to create any note worthy chances in front of goal.

// MLS //

Armchair Analyst: Philadelphia Union seize Supporters' Shield lead & more from Week 20 |
By far the biggest result of the weekend was Philly's ambush over Toronto to take the Shield lead.

Philadelphia Union shine in biggest test yet, and now Shield is theirs to lose | Charles Boehm |
In a weird way, I am kind of rooting for the Union here to claim the Shield in 2020. They've been a lot of fun to watch.

MLS Cup Playoffs chase: Handicapping the race for the Eastern Conference play-in places |
It's impossible to predict what might happen. But here's where each team stands, and how their final stage of the season shapes up after Saturday's action.

Atlanta are unrecognizable, Union were thrilling and Sporting KC can finish No. 1 | Steve Zakuani |
I do find a little comfort in seeing Atlanta struggle this much in 2020. It is good for them, and in a way I think it is good for the league to have them endure a down year.

Atlanta United's 2020 signings leave much to be desired – The Athletic
And here is more on that dismal 2020 season for Atlanta.

NYCFC CEO provides update on stadium project, says it will be "transformational for the South Bronx" |
Good to hear that NYCFC is moving forward and getting closer to a stadium for their club that isn't a baseball park.

Three points and rising: LAFC 2, LA Galaxy 0 - Angels on Parade
Carlos Vela returned and LAFC looked a little more like themselves in the process.

Do coaches get too much runway in MLS? | US Soccer Players
With former Mexico coach Javier Aguirre telling ESPN that MLS is a league that respects projects, is there too much runway for keeping coaches?

This can be a learning moment for the Supporters’ Shield - Sounder At Heart
After reversing decision on whether or not to award the trophy, the Supporters’ Shield Foundation must now codify a set of rules.