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Big D Daily: News for Monday, March 22, 2021

FC Dallas looked good in their first preseason match.

The preseason is really about to heat up now that there are more games on the slate for FC Dallas (more on that in a second). The new week is here as we get to see two preseason games on tap, both against USL-C sides.

// FC Dallas //

FC Dallas downs OKC Energy 4-0 in preseason friendly - Big D Soccer
Ricardo Pepi scored two goals in the win on Saturday afternoon for FC Dallas.

FC Dallas adds four more preseason games - Big D Soccer
La Copita will showcase Austin FC, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo FC, and USL Championship side San Antonio FC in matches from March 27 through April 10 in preparation of the upcoming 2021 season

La Copita: Preseason Tournament Features Texas Rivalries Old and New | FC Dallas
When there was a rumor of a preseason tournament with the Texan soccer teams, I thought it sounded like a good idea. Now I hope this is an annual thing for FCD.

// MLS //

Your MLS guide to the ultimate people's players of 2021 | J. Sam Jones |
Who are the people's players in MLS? Sam Jones runs through a collection of fan favorites and is FC Dallas pick is spot on.

Potential MLS-Liga MX merger would be seen 'in a positive light' - ESPNFC
Oh boy, I would still rather keep the leagues separate but I can understand the appeal. Especially on the money side of things.

LA Galaxy appear to be tapping brakes on Cristian Pavón pursuit for now - LAG Confidential
Ongoing sexual assault case in Argentina leading to apparent pause, which I think is the smart move here too.

Looks like LAFC have a new jersey sponsor for 2021 - Angels on Parade
Kind of a bummer to see YouTube leave as their kit sponsor.

Official: Toronto FC unveil new 2021 Primary ‘A41’ Kit - Waking The Red
Not gonna lie here, this one may be one of my favorite kit drops of the new season.

// USMNT //

Three takeaways from the US U-23s' grinding Olympic qualifying win over Dominican Republic | Charles Boehm |
In terms of outcomes, the US Under-23 men’s national team is checking all the boxes they need to thus far at the Concacaf Olympic qualifying tournament.

2020 Men’s Olympic Qualifying Recap - USA 4-0 Dominican Republic: late goals are better than no goals - Stars and Stripes FC
The US got their important second win in this qualification tournament. Now they have to face their rivals Mexico in the final group game.