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Big D Daily: News for Friday, November 5, 2021

The final weekend if MLS play is here folks!

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

I don’t know about you, but I am ready for the season to wrap up on Sunday evening. Sure, there are playoff games to watch but it won’t be the same as when FC Dallas is involved. But I am ready for a little break from play too because we do have holidays and all coming up. Anyways, we have plenty to discuss today so let’s get to the links.

// FC Dallas //

Jesus Ferreira and Ricardo Pepi called into the USMNT - Big D Soccer
On top of Pepi and Jesus, FC Dallas also has some former players represented on this team as well.

Szabolcs Schön Called into National Team Duty for November World Cup Qualifiers | FC Dallas
While Pepi and Ferreira got all the headlines yesterday, Schon also made his national team roster for the November games.

After up-and-down first pro season, Kalil ElMedkhar locked in on helping North Texas SC in USL League One playoffs | The Striker Texas
The brief moments he had in MLS this season weren't bad, which makes me think we'll be seeing a lot more of him next year should the right coach be involved.

// MLS //

Decision Day: One player on each playoff-chasing team that needs to deliver |
Who can deliver for their club on Sunday, that will be the thing worth watching.

Tab Ramos released as Houston Dynamo FC head coach | The Striker Texas
Anyone watching the Dynamo on and off the field this year knew this would happen. It didn't help that his contract was up at the end of the season either.

Evolution of a Revolution: How New England arrived at their new crest |
I know some diehard New England fans hate this new look but I do think they will grow to love it.

Revs fan happy with his Crayon Flag tattoo even after new crest debuts - The Bent Musket
I get that the original crest had some lasting qualities about it for some, but it was time folks. It was time.

The demise of the New England Revolution’s ‘crayon flag’ — the final remnant of original MLS design – The Athletic
With the official unveiling of the New England Revolution's new look, the last surviving piece of original MLS design disappears. I know this will bum some folks out but I am all for this move.

What’s LAFC’s outlook for Decision Day? - Angels on Parade
LAFC needs a win and some help on Sunday. It is as simple as that really.

Cheat sheet: How the Columbus Crew can make the MLS Cup playoffs - Massive Report
Again, they gotta win and get a ton of help to make the playoffs.

// USMNT //

The big surprises in (and out of) the USMNT roster for Mexico & Jamaica World Cup qualifiers |
There were some surprising names on the roster for some folks and once again Gregg Berhalter opted to bring in some fresh faces as well.