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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, November 4, 2021

The midweek drama will make for even better drama come Sunday.

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MLS: Austin FC at FC Dallas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The final day of MLS play is finally coming towards us here as we get closer to Decision Day. FC Dallas will be playing for pride against San Jose, and we’ll get to that game either later today or early tomorrow. But for now, let’s get into some links.

// FC Dallas //

SET THE STAGE: FC Dallas vs. San Jose Earthquakes | 10.7.21 | FC Dallas
The finale is here and FCD is going to one of the places they historically struggle at in San Jose.

// MLS //

Wednesday Takeaways: What we learned from the final games before Decision Day |
Wednesday's madness will certainly make for more drama come Decision Day on Sunday. You definitely love to see that in MLS.

Atlanta United have 9th highest average attendance in the world this season |
Even in non-covid times that would be impressive. Kudos to the Atlanta faithful for getting out this season.

Three takeaways from Austin FC beating Sporting Kansas City at Q2 Stadium | The Striker Texas
Austin picked up a win in their home finale against a good SKC squad. Definitely didn't think that was doable for them going into the week.

The bell tolls on the Houston Dynamo season with loss at CF Montreal | The Striker Texas
Houston will now officially go down as the worst MLS team in Texas in 2021 now that they have played their final game of the regular season.

How Bruce Arena took New England Revolution from the bottom to the best in MLS history | ESPNFC
New England was last in the East when Bruce Arena took over in 2019. Now the Revolution are in the midst of the best regular season in MLS history.

Pat Onstad aims for sustainable success in Houston; Dutch interest in Galaxy’s te Kloese: MLS Notebook – The Athletic
The details of MLS' planned lower league are coming together, as San Jose continues its long wait for a new GM hire.

After second major knee injury, Jordan Morris makes another emotional return to the Sounders – The Athletic
Morris compares his latest recovery process to the first one and explains why this was a bit speedier.

Sounders in need of a confidence boost - Sounder At Heart
You never want to have a slump after you clinch a playoff spot, but that is where the Sounders are at right now.

Timbers trounce Real Salt Lake 3-1 to secure home playoff match - Stumptown Footy
RSL failed to punch their ticket while Portland was able to secure a top-four seed in the West.

Chicago Fire Notebook: Coaching Candidates, More Green Cards, Gaga Slonina, and more! - Hot Time In Old Town
As the regular season wraps up, the Chicago Fire are closer to finding the club’s next head coach.

Atlanta United draws with New York Red Bulls, remain in playoff contention - Dirty South Soccer
In a playoff-filled clash, both sides remain in the playoff hunt as it will all come down to Sunday for each of them now.