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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Tonight will decide if FC Dallas is eliminated from playoff contention or if we have to wait another few days for that to happen.

MLS: Sporting Kansas City at FC Dallas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The long break is over for FC Dallas as they return to the field tonight at Toyota Stadium. We’ll know after the game whether or not the playoff chances go away completely with a loss or if we get to hold on to those slim chances for a few more days.

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Report: Ricardo Pepi submits his transfer request from FC Dallas - Big D Soccer
You can't blame Pepi for wanting to move on to bigger and better things. At the same time, the club wants to hold on to him until after next year's World Cup is a bit too crazy of an idea.

FC Dallas looks to put international break lessons into practice in match vs. LAFC | The Striker Texas
A loss tonight against LA will pretty much end all of the playoff hopes for the club, so getting back to being dominant at home is going to be as important as it ever has been.

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MLS playoff predictions: How the Eastern Conference race could finish |
With just a few games left, predicting how things will actually finish is getting to be a tougher task.

Every Western Conference team's player with the most touches & what it means |
It certainly says something that when the player with the most touches hasn't been a regular starter for the team all season long, things definitely went off the rails.

Another MLS Wednesday tries to sort out this season | US Soccer Players
MLS gears up for a midweek schedule of games that features 3rd hosting 1st in the Western Conference after a disappointing weekend for contenders.

Donovan withdraws from consideration for Real Salt Lake manager job - ESPNFC
It doesn't look like Landon Donovan will coach in MLS just yet, though this makes me wonder if he is holding out for a better landing spot than in Utah where there is no true owner right now.

Will LAFC get Vela and Atuesta this week, or won’t they? - Angels on Parade
LAFC hit the road and may be without their key players for a bit longer.

Dynamo disappointed about playoff elimination, positive about the future | The Striker Texas
Houston thought winning against Seattle over the weekend would be enough to keep their hopes alive but it turns out that the perfect wave of wins by Minnesota, RSL, Vancouver, and LA would eliminate them.