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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, March 5, 2020

FC Dallas welcomes in Montreal this weekend.

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MLS: Philadelphia Union at FC Dallas Andrew Dieb-USA TODAY Sports

We’re inching closer and closer to another game here this weekend, as FC Dallas is getting set to host Montreal on Saturday afternoon.

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North Texas SC and the FC Dallas Academy: What to expect in 2020 - Big D Soccer
What you see on the field under the lights is only one part of NTSC’s role in bridging between the Academy and the first team.

Quick Burns: Our hot takes of the 2020 season - Big D Soccer
Who has hot takes? We have them.

What to Look For: FC Dallas vs. Montreal Impact | 3.7.20 | FC Dallas
Montreal has looked pretty good so far under Thierry Henry and will provide a nice test for Luchi's gang.

Why Dabo Swinney’s godson turned down Clemson football for MLS – The Athletic (Paywall)
Tanner Tessmann was all set to push for a role as a kicker with the Tigers, but instead he went pro and made his MLS debut.

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Ranking the MVP contender tiers to step up in Josef Martinez's absence | Andrew Wiebe |
Now that Josef Martinez is on the shelf, the MVP race will possibly look drastically different.

Jordan Morris trending towards MLS elite category as stock keeps rising |
Jordan Morris has always had this type of talent, but he’s taken his game to another level entirely over the past six months.

Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez: No pressure to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic because he didn't win MLS Cup |
“If we win a championship, that's going to change everything," Chicharito expained in a recent interview.

The items that tell the story of Kei Kamara’s remarkable American soccer journey – The Athletic (Paywall)
Now in his 15th pro season, Kamara is still living an American dream that has taken him from working stadium security to MLS longevity.

Monterrey files FIFA complaint over Pizarro transfer to Beckham's Miami | ESPNFC
Liga MX club Monterrey has filed a complaint to FIFA, claiming that David Beckham's Inter Miami tapped up Mexico star Rodolfo Pizarro.

Soul and superstar in MLS | US Soccer Players
Atlanta without Josef Martinez creates a problem in need of an immediate answer that should be familiar to other clubs in Major League Soccer.

Club León announces move of U.S. keeper William Yarbrough to Colorado Rapids | Pro Soccer USA
American goalkeeper William Yarbrough seems to be headed to the Colorado Rapids, according to multiple reports and a tweet from his Liga MX club.

Major League Soccer examining ways to shorten lengthy offseason | Pro Soccer USA
Major League Soccer is examining ways to shorten an already lengthy offseason, including the possibility of a winter tournament with Liga MX.