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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, March 25, 2021

FC Dallas picked up another win in preseason play on Wednesday.

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The preseason continues to roll on here as FC Dallas scored another victory in a friendly against Austin Bold yesterday. Between that and the schedule getting released, there is a lot of things to look forward to here.

// FC Dallas //

FC Dallas announces full 2021 MLS schedule - Big D Soccer
The full slate of games is here, time to circle some dates on the old calendar again.

Nicky Hernandez signing for FC Dallas is a huge step for North Texas SC - Big D Soccer
The 2020 second-team standout definitively proves that the FC Dallas second team can work.

New Signing Freddy Vargas Shines in Second FC Dallas Preseason Match | FC Dallas
So far, so good for Vargas in the preseason against some USL-C sides. The big test will come when he starts playing MLS sides.

The Breakdown: FC Dallas 2021 Season Schedule | FC Dallas
There are a couple of months that look really favorable (May, June, August, October) but then there are some really tough looking months (July, September).

// MLS //

MLS conference alignment and schedule construction for 2021 season |
If you are wondering why the schedule looks the way it does, this will help explain it.

Armchair Analyst: Each MLS team's breakout player candidate — and when to watch them |
Finding a breakout star for 27 clubs must be difficult these days, especially when the pick for FC Dallas is a goalkeeper. Come on Doyle.

MLS schedule: What to look forward to in 2021 | Andrew Wiebe |
The number of good games early on that will be free to watch over the air is pretty solid. Really good to see both ABC and Fox pick up games like this.

Toronto FC all in with #PlayYourKids movement in 2021 |
That is cute right? Another team going all-in on the youth movement.

Daryl Dike took U.S. soccer's long way to a big European stage, and if his fine form continues, it will only get bigger | ESPNFC
Daryl Dike's loan from Orlando to Barnsley raised eyebrows, but his sensational form in the Championship suggests bigger things are on the horizon.

Mexico's de Luisa encouraged by Infantino comments on potential MLS-Liga MX merger | ESPNFC
Let's get through a pandemic first and then we can revisit this.

MLS team valuations: The factors making them soar – The Athletic
With lottery-ticket potential and uncommon safety nets, MLS team valuations are soaring as the league sees the 2026 World Cup as a catalyst.

The underdogs in the Western Conference | US Soccer Players
Houston, Real Salt Lake, and the San Jose Earthquakes may be the easiest picks for underdogs in the Western Conference, but this is still MLS.

Timbers Preseason Recap: Portland battles back to draw Sporting Kansas City - Stumptown Footy
If you are wanting to keep up with other teams in the West right now, this was probably as good as a friendly as we'll see right now.