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Big D Daily: News for Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Time to head into the international break here.

MLS: Minnesota United FC at FC Dallas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The week continues on here as we get going in this October international window. FC Dallas had a day off on Monday to help recover from their draw over the weekend, while things are getting fired up in Austin for the United State’s men’s national team game on Thursday.

// FC Dallas //

FC Dallas center back Jose Martinez soul searching amidst 'most difficult season' of career | The Striker Texas
We don't always get this level of honesty from a player on the record but Martinez certainly provided plenty in a recent media call.

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FC Cincinnati hire Chris Albright as general manager |
This one had been rumored for a couple of weeks now but Albright gets a chance to step out of Philly (where he was a big part of their success) and try to make a name for himself.

Report: Ex- La Liga, Cruz Azul coach drawing interest from multiple MLS teams |
Naturally, FC Dallas is one of the teams linked here since pretty much any team with a vacancy is linked with this guy. I wouldn't put a ton of stock into this one just yet.

MLS bubble teams | US Soccer Players
The Major League Soccer schedule is winding down and with it the pressure on the clubs fighting for the last playoff spot in both conferences.

LAFC, LA Galaxy jointly condemn fan violence at rivalry games - Angels on Parade
It is a shame that both LA squads have some fans that are getting violent at games with each other. Good to see both clubs stepping in though to take control of the situation.

RSL front office in final round of coaching interviews, says Fall on ESPN 700 - RSL Soapbox
You gotta think RSL is going to go with Pablo Mastroeni here with this hire, especially if they can make the playoffs here.

Finding meaning in the Chicago Fire’s five remaining, seemingly meaningless matches - Hot Time In Old Town
Like Dallas, Chicago isn't eliminated from playoff contention just yet but their fans are already looking at the last few games differently.

Report: Josef Martinez has an injured hamstring - Dirty South Soccer
The more these little injuries pop up for Atlanta, the less I like their playoff chances.

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Tyler Adams on USMNT’s Octagonal learning curve: “Maybe we were just a little bit naive” |
September proved that the USMNT cannot take anything for granted in qualifying. With two home games this month, they know the task at hand is even bigger.

John Brooks withdraws from USMNT due to injury - Stars and Stripes FC
There will be no replacement ahead of the Jamaica match.