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Big D Daily: News for Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Another day in preseason camp is in the books as we get ready for the first friendly of the year this weekend.

The march towards some actual soccer is picking up here as FC Dallas is just a couple more days away from being able to host their first preseason friendly against OKC. It won’t be long now until we’re actually seeing some real soccer being played again.

// FC Dallas //

2021 FC Dallas kit numbers released | The Striker Texas
I know some folks get really worked up over who wears what number these days but it is nice knowing what some of the new guys are wearing now.

// MLS //

Top 5 new homegrowns to watch in 2021 | Charles Boehm |
Very interesting comments on FC Dallas' newest HGP that isn't an HGP.

MLS Preseason 2021: Alexander Alvarado lifts Orlando City SC over Philadelphia Union |
Actual soccer was played yesterday and true to form for the preseason, not a ton of true information was available for it. Gotta love how limited the preseason games are for folks when it isn't streamed.

The Salt: Why I hate MLS’s arbitrary preseason streaming rules - RSL Soapbox
Yeah, these limitations are rough for fans. I'd say between this and the blackout rules that MLS still has, it is indeed like the league doesn't know how to properly grow its reach with folks.

D.C. United defender Steven Birnbaum out until June after ankle surgery - Black And Red United
United will have to start of the 2021 season without their presumptive captain.

Report: NYCFC acquire MLS rights for US youth international Chris Gloster |
Some youth internationals work out in Europe but some fail to make an impression. It looks like Gloster is one of them.

Cristiano Ronaldo's options: Rejoin Man United or Real Madrid, move to PSG or MLS? | ESPNFC
The age-old question for Ronaldo, when will he actually come to MLS? It appears Juventus may try and sell him this summer on the cheap, so maybe MLS could swoop in and land him.

Tomas Conechny’s departure: Unfulfilled promise, and now Spring questions - Stumptown Footy
The Argentine’s uncoupling from the Timbers is a tale of expectations unmet, and questions looming.

Rapids’ keeper William Yarbrough’s trek from central Mexico to the Mile High City - Burgundy Wave
It is interesting to see how Yarbrough ended up in MLS with Colorado.

MLSE moves one step closer to allowing fans back in stadiums - Waking The Red
It appears that Toronto could be back in...well...Toronto sooner than later this season.