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Big D Daily: News for Monday, March 15, 2021

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We’re almost a month away from the first real game of the year.

The weekend is in the books here as we move into the middle of the month. For some it is Spring Break week, for others, it is just another week as we count down to the opening day in MLS for FC Dallas.

// FC Dallas //

What should we call the FC Dallas/Austin FC rivalry? - Big D Soccer
While they haven't met on the field yet, it is fun to speculate what kind of rivalry this could be and a name for it when the time comes.

Servania's Austrian adventure off and running as FC Dallas midfielder seeks bounce-back 2021 | The Striker Texas
In a similar fashion to Paxton Pomykal, Brandon Servania is hoping to have a huge bounce-back year in 2021.

FC Dallas Continues to Build for 2021 with First Preseason Scrimmage | FC Dallas
FC Dallas played their first game of the year over the weekend against themselves. So they won and lost.

FC Dallas homegrown Bryan Reynolds makes history in Serie A debut for AS Roma | MLSsoccer.com
It wasn't a great debut for Reynolds in terms of how he played but it was still pretty magical to see the kid get some minutes in Italy like this.

// MLS //

Four must-watch teams during the 2021 MLS preseason | Andrew Wiebe | MLSsoccer.com
The Eastern Conference does seem to have a little more intrigue about the clubs in it right now going into preseason.

Top 5 under-the-radar signings in MLS this offseason | Greg Seltzer | MLSsoccer.com
It will be very interesting to look back on 2021 when it is all said and done to see if these signings were truly under the radar or just decent signings.

Steve Cherundolo talks Las Vegas Lights job, LAFC partnership – The Athletic
Former USMNT captain Steve Cherundolo takes his first head coach job with LAFC's new USL affiliate, the Las Vegas Lights.

Orlando City rejects offer from English club for on-loan Dike - ESPNFC
Orlando City SC has turned down an offer from an unnamed English team to acquire forward Daryl Dike, for a bid that sounded like a lot of money too.

Toronto, Montreal, and an intriguing 2021 season | US Soccer Players
It's going to be different for Toronto FC and CF Montreal as they start the season with new coaches in temporary homes due to travel restrictions.

Essential workers should be first fans invited to Lumen Field - Sounder At Heart
I think if MLS is smart about this, they do it league-wide here for the start of the season. But you know it will only be done in markets like Seattle.

2020 Canadian Championship postponed; TFC automatically advances to CONCACAF Champions League - Waking The Red
The highly-anticipated final between Forge FC and Toronto FC has been postponed and TFC earns the CCL spot automatically now. Crazy.