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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Preseason continues to move on here for FC Dallas.

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If you are like me, you woke up this morning to a rather large and loud rainstorm here in the Dallas area. Honestly, that is a welcome sight as I’d rather have that kind of rain early in the morning before the day gets started. Anyways, let’s get into some morning links here.

// FC Dallas & NTSC //

North Texas SC Hosts Fort Lauderdale CF in 2021 Home Opener on April 24 - Big D Soccer
North Texas will kick off its third season at the end of April.

José Antonio Martínez Brings Leadership, Experience and a Smile to FC Dallas | FC Dallas
Two things here. He seems like a solid guy and leader for the team. But maybe, more importantly, he wants to be here. Let's just hope it all translates into quality play on the field.

// MLS //

MLS players with most to gain during Olympic qualifying | Greg Seltzer |
There is no doubt that a lot is riding on the Olympic qualifying for the US but guys like Jesus Ferreira really need a strong showing to prove 2020 was just a bad year overall.

What's the right price for Orlando City's Daryl Dike? | Extratime |
Reports linking Orlando City's Daryl Dike with a permanent move away from the club led Extratime to discuss what a reasonable price for the young striker might be.

CF Montréal president Kevin Gilmore disagrees with Toronto FC getting Concacaf Champions League berth |
In a way, I can't blame Montreal for feeling this way. Atlanta got in as the previous USOC champ, so why not do the same for Canada this year if they can't have a title game?

Michael Parkhurst joins USL Pawtucket ownership: Notebook – The Athletic
There is a ton to unpack in this piece. I do really enjoy seeing former USMNT players step up and take some ownership in the USL. We need more of that.

Matan’s signing was an example of the Crew’s transfer strategy working - Massive Report
Columbus seems pretty pleased with themselves with how things are going this year as they head into a season as the title holders in MLS.

Toronto FC re-sign general manager Ali Curtis to a multi-year contract extension - Waking The Red
I'm all for Toronto signing Curtis to a long extension here. Part of that reason is due to needing more minority GMs in this league but also that he's done a pretty solid job in Toronto so far.

Reports: Atlanta United, Independiente agree to transfer for defender Alan Franco - Dirty South Soccer
Atlanta continues to sort out their roster ahead of the season with another potential big signing for their backline.