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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, April 9, 2020

We’ve almost made it through another week here folks.

MLS: Los Angeles Galaxy at FC Dallas Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Back in my college days I would think to myself that when I got to Thursdays, I must have done something right along the way over the course of the week. I rarely had a Friday class in college, so the start of my weekend was usually just hours away depending on my course load that semester.

So during this time now, I’m trying to treat Thursdays like I did in college. I may still have work tomorrow on Friday but it is a way to do some positive framing around the fact that the week is nearly done.

Anyways, time for a few links to discuss.

// FC Dallas //

Transfer Rumor: FC Dallas pursuing striker from Brazilian side Gremio - Big D Soccer
FC Dallas is said to be one of several teams interested in the Gremio striker. But a lot will depend on how the global market responds to this current pandemic.

April 14, 1996: The Dallas Burn Era Begins | FC Dallas
I am really enjoying all the throw backs right now on FCD's website. A trip back to the 90s is a good distraction right now.

FC Dallas head coach Luchi Gonzalez finds joy and fights boredom amid coronavirus crisis |
During the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, FC Dallas head coach Luchi Gonzalez observed it as many others did. Then, something changed.

// MLS //

Who are the top free-kick takers in MLS? These players are dead-ball specialists |
I see a certain FC Dallas defender on this list too. He may not be high up the list but he is there.

The busiest center back in MLS? It makes sense when you consider his team's style |
It looks like neither FCD center back were super busy (in terms of clearances+interceptions+tackles+blocks per 90) last season. I can't decide if that is a good thing or not. Probably not.

Three MVP winners show how MLS has changed | US Soccer Players
Luciano Emilo, David Ferreira, and Dwayne DeRosario won MVP awards as Major League Soccer was beginning to embrace big money foreign signings.