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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, September 17, 2020

FC Dallas finds their first hat trick in nearly two years last night.

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MLS: Colorado Rapids at FC Dallas Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Wednesday night games are a whole lot more fun when there are hat tricks being scored by a FC Dallas player.

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FC Dallas dominates the Colorado Rapids in a 4-1 win - Big D Soccer
The first hat trick scored by a FC Dallas player in what felt like forever as the offense continues to come alive here.

FC Dallas attack stays red hot as Santiago Mosquera, Andres Ricaurte make influences felt |
Six goals in the last two games is a solid stat to have in your back pocket. But I would say not dropping points at home in these last two was more important.

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Top Takeaways: Andres Ricaurte's influence for FC Dallas, Fredy Montero's comeback & belief for San Jose | Steve Zakuani |
Here is a pretty solid breakdown of what Ricaurte is bringing to the Dallas attack right now. Plus some other notes from last night's games.

How wildfire smoke is taking a toll on West Coast teams in MLS | Charles Boehm |
Man, this year has been no joke for lots of people, especially those on the west coast.

Adrian Healey departs ESPN to become Austin FC's executive director of broadcast and content |
Wow, this is a pretty impressive 'get' for Austin ahead of their first season in 2021.

FIFA 21 ratings: LAFC's Carlos Vela, Inter Miami's Blaise Matuidi rated highest MLS players |
With FIFA 21 set to come out in a couple of weeks, the MLS player ratings have hit the markets.

Playing with star power in MLS | US Soccer Players
The LA Galaxy welcomed back marquee player Chicharito Hernandez in a 0-0 draw with San Jose with the club trying to keep an unlikely run of form going.

Alphonso Davies’ rise in Vancouver, told by those who knew him – The Athletic ($)
Davies' former coaches and teammates remember an outgoing, determined and beloved kid who followed through on his plan.