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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, October 7, 2021

The big October window starts tonight for the USMNT.

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

The October FIFA window is here folks. Three important World Cup qualifying games for the US, starting tonight in Austin against Jamaica.

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The unstoppable dreams of USMNT prodigy Ricardo Pepi | ESPNFC
After a sensational USMNT debut, Ricardo Pepi is ready to take on the world. Wherever he goes, he'll carry his borderland hometown with him.

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Carles Gil vs. Daniel Salloi: Who has a better 2021 MLS MVP case? | MLSSoccer.com
The MVP race this year may be one of the better races in recent memory with guys like Gil, Salloi and I'd even throw in some like Nashville's Mukhtar or Seattle's Ruidiaz.

New Cincinnati GM Chris Albright on why job is a "dream scenario" & head coaching search | MLSSoccer.com
Cincy has been a train wreck since joining MLS but Albright may be the right guy to finally get them back on course here and remind us why they were a good market for MLS.

Q&A: Landon Donovan on Weston McKennie, MLS coaching and more – The Athletic
The USMNT's joint all-time leading scorer had strong words about McKennie's suspension last international window.

Why the international window couldn’t have come at a worse time for Jacob Shaffelburg - Waking The Red
Momentum is only as good as your last game, but for Jacob Shaffelburg, this international break couldn't have come at a worse time.

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The first USMNT World Cup qualifier in Texas has been a long time coming | The Striker Texas
It is a little wild that Texas has hosted Mexico twice for World Cup qualifiers but this will be the USMNT.

What to expect from the USMNT vs. Jamaica & beyond in World Cup qualifiers | MLSSoccer.com
Three games this month with two at home mean the USMNT has to get at least six if not seven points. That is the expectation or even the requirement.

ASN article: Robinson looking forward to facing Jamaica after his big World Cup qualifying start
Robinson has a good September window for the US and now he looks to lock down one of the starting roles in the defense.

USA vs. Jamaica, 2022 World Cup qualifying: What to watch for - Stars and Stripes FC
The simple thing to watch for is seeing the US get three points.