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Big D Daily: News for Friday, March 19, 2021

Jesus Ferreira continues to play well in 2021.

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The week is nearly in the books here as FC Dallas is getting set for their first real preseason game of the year tomorrow against OKC. Again, it appears there are no streaming details on this one so we’re going to all be left to waiting on some Twitter results.

// FC Dallas & NTSC //

Setting Player Development Benchmarks for North Texas SC in 2021 - Big D Soccer
The good, young players are a huge part of the NTSC experience, so we need to talk about them.

Tanner Tessmann added to US U-23 roster for Olympic Qualifying - Big D Soccer
Tessmann replaces midfielder Ulysses Llanez on the roster as the US looks to qualify for Tokyo.

How Tanner Tessmann replacing Ulysses Llanez impacts US Olympic qualifying chances |
Tanner got added to the roster just hours before the first game in the tournament. I wouldn't be shocked if he saw minutes in the second game.

Jesús Ferreira Leads United States to First Win of Concacaf Olympic Qualifying | FC Dallas
Jesus continues his hot form in 2021 with another goal on the international stage. It was a big one too that helped the US get a win.

Bryan Acosta Called into National Team Duty | FC Dallas
Acosta will be out of FCD training for the next few days as Honduras plays in the March FIFA window.

// MLS //

Five MLS players set for breakout double-digit scoring seasons in 2021 | Andrew Wiebe |
Trying to figure out who will be the next guy with double-digit scoring is always a fun guess going into a new season. I like some of these calls here.

Inside new Atlanta United manager Gabriel Heinze's methods – The Athletic
With an intense rigidity that prompts comparisons to Tata Martino and Marcelo Bielsa, Heinze gives Atlanta United hope for a turnaround.

Report: Atlanta United moving on from Alan Franco; on hunt for another centerback transfer target - Dirty South Soccer
You gotta love these transfer rumors and talks here. Atlanta apparently is going round and round in their search for another center back.

Vanney on Alvarez’s work to do ‘in a man’s game’ after 1st El Tri call - LAG Confidential
LA Galaxy prospect in recruiting battle, but has to-do list on club front.

// USMNT //

US U-23's old-fashioned grit bails out tactical ambition to sneak huge Olympic Qualifying win | Charles Boehm |
The US U23's had to do it the hard way to get a valuable win to open Concacaf Olympic Qualifying.