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Big D Daily: News for Tuesday, March 23, 2021

FC Dallas has a full day of training before hosting another friendly tomorrow.

The preseason moves into a higher gear here this week with a pair of friendlies for FC Dallas. First up is one tomorrow against USL-C side Austin Bold. While there may not be a stream for that one (at least no word on one yet), we’ll try to provide as much coverage of that as we can.

// FC Dallas & NTSC //

Franco Jara counting on full preseason with FC Dallas to propel him to improved 2021 | The Striker Texas
Just like for most folks, 2020 was a wild ride for Jara. Now he has a full preseason to get under his belt with FC Dallas to hopefully prove he is worth the money the club invested in him.

North Texas SC Announces Full 2021 Season Schedule | FC Dallas
The full schedule dropped yesterday for North Texas SC and we'll get to see them take on some new faces again this season with the addition of North Carolina FC.

// MLS //

The top 10 newcomers for 2021 | Greg Seltzer | MLSsoccer.com
Nice to see a couple of FC Dallas players on a list like this as guys that could make some serious impact this year in MLS.

Austin FC co-owner Matthew McConaughey: Q2 Stadium "should look like all the rich and diverse pieces of Austin in one stadium" | MLSsoccer.com
I do love the way that stadium looks but the real question will be how it is when it is packed. Time will have to wait on that one with the pandemic still going on.

Austin FC's expansion season | US Soccer Players
Austin FC will navigate a unique 2021 MLS season as the newest team in the league playing on the road until their new stadium opens in June.

Orlando City head coach on Daryl Dike's success at Barnsley: "We're very happy for him" | MLSsoccer.com
Orlando did right by Dike in letting him go on loan to show folks overseas what he can do.

Beckham - Ronaldo Messi will be drawn to Inter Miami | ESPNFC
Inter Miami co-owner David Beckham said the club will have little trouble attracting marquee players like Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi.

Vanney thinks newcomer Victor Vazquez will help unlock LA Galaxy attack - LAG Confidential
LA will need to figure out a way to get him in as a playmaker to help unlock that attack.

Chicago Fire announce creation of new football analytics group - Hot Time In Old Town
Kevin Minkus, who has worked for the Fire as a consultant, will lead the newly created department.

Atlanta United acquires international slot in trade with Colorado Rapids - Dirty South Soccer
Atlanta United has now acquired two international slots in trades this offseason.