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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, October 13, 2021

The USMNT looks to pick up another home win tonight in World Cup Qualifying.

Soccer: CONCACAF FIFA World Cup Qualifier-Jamaica at USA Chuck Burton-USA TODAY Sports

The final game of the October international window is here for the United States tonight as they host Costa Rica in Columbus. After putting on a dismal display in Panama over the weekend, three points will be the expected minimum tonight.

// FC Dallas //

FC Dallas’ Ricardo Pepi tops the 2021 MLS 22 Under 22 list - Big D Soccer
Three other FC Dallas players also are featured on the annual list.

North Texas Two Step – Wins are the only currency now - Big D Soccer
Just like their first-team counterparts, the wins need to come in a hurry if they want to make the playoffs.

How rising FC Dallas, USMNT star Ricardo Pepi became 22 Under 22's No. 1 player |
When you score goals, people take notice. It really is as simple as that.

// MLS //

Who's next? Future transfer outlook for the 2021 MLS 22 Under 22 list |
As you might expect, there are plenty of rumors flying around about Pepi at the moment. But don't shy away from keeping tabs on Ferreira and Che here in these coming months.

Where MLS academies are in 2021 – and how they're fueling Canada, USA ambitions |
We're already seeing right now what the academies can do for the national teams. The pipeline is still pretty new though and will likely continue to take time before any of us see a World Cup-winning team because of it.

Why 2021's top 22 Under 22 presented by BODYARMOR players carry so much potential |
Going through the numbers on Pepi is a fun pastime that we've enjoyed, so it is nice to see others get to do it as well.

How Barcelona, Villarreal and other European clubs are competing with MLS for America's top talent | ESPNFC
Americans are making an impression on the global game, and Europe's biggest clubs are now rivaling MLS for the country's most gifted young players.

João Paulo belongs in MLS MVP discussion - Sounder At Heart
I've often wondered what it would take for a more defensive midfielder or even defender for that matter to be in the MVP discussions.

// USMNT //

USA vs. Costa Rica, 2022 World Cup qualifying: What to watch for - Stars and Stripes FC
Once again, you win your home games here in qualifying. Nothing less than that.