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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, October 14, 2021

The US managed to win another home game last night in World Cup qualifying.

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Ricardo Pepi may have not scored another one for the United States last night but he was still in the starting lineup that saw a come-from-behind win over Costa Rica. Now he gets to return home to Dallas as the club has a weekend off from play to get ready for the final five games of the regular season.

// FC Dallas //

FC Dallas able to turn focus inward during international break, bye week | The Striker Texas
The full-on stop-in-play has been a welcome sight for some of us here as the games have been stacked up a lot this season on the calendar.

// MLS //

Commissioner Garber: MLS' 30th team will be announced in the next 12 months | MLSSoccer.com
After seeing what happened with Sacramento, it shouldn't be a shock that MLS wants to move quickly on this to wrap up this round of expansion before the 2026 World Cup. Also, be prepared for this to be Las Vegas.

Who missed the cut? 2021's biggest 22 Under 22 presented by BODYARMOR snubs | MLSSoccer.com
What is kind of wild from an FCD perspective, is that the club may not have anyone on the list next year if transfers go the way that they could this winter.

RSL “very deep” in coach hire process, decision not imminent - RSL Soapbox
It sounds like the search for RSL's next coach won't wrap up as quickly as previously reported.

Fire’s Alvaro Medran isn’t holding back: “There are things that need to change from top to bottom.” - Hot Time In Old Town
I do appreciate some players that are more honest with media like this. The not tip-toeing around is good.

How should Gonzalo Pineda manage Josef Martinez’s minutes through the remainder of the regular season? - Dirty South Soccer
Atlanta United must be careful with its star striker, made all the more difficult with the team’s postseason hopes in the balance.

// USMNT //

Three Takeaways from the USMNT's World Cup Qualifying rally past Costa Rica | MLSSoccer.com
That start was horrible but the response was what you wanted out of this group. In the end, it wasn't pretty but you take the three points into what will be a tough November pair of games.

Sergiño Dest, USMNT showed its youth in win over Costa Rica – The Athletic
Like the rest of his team, Dest's errors of inexperience were outweighed by flashes of brilliance in a 2-1 win over Costa Rica.

2022 World Cup Qualifying: USA 2-1 Costa Rica - The Americans comeback to win a critical three points - Stars and Stripes FC
After going down early, the Americans scored two goals and got back on track for World Cup qualifying.

USMNT win vs Costa Rica reinforces path to 2022 World Cup - Sports Illustrated
The U.S.'s qualifying effort has proven to be about a young group's capacity to respond, and that was on display in a second window-salvaging win in as many months.