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Big D Daily: News for Monday, March 29, 2021

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Another preseason win in the books for FC Dallas as they continue to build for the season opener in April.

We begin a new week here and soon a new month as FC Dallas continues their preseason camp. Over the weekend they picked up a win in San Antonio after some penalty kicks. They’ll host San Antonio again this week on Friday morning.

// FC Dallas and NTSC //

North Texas SC adds Michael Maldonado and Bernard Kamungo - Big D Soccer
North Texas SC added two trialist to their roster late last week.

Kickoff Time for FC Dallas’ Home Match vs. New England Revolution on June 27 | FC Dallas
The New England game in June has a later start time now, as the game will kick off at 8pm instead of 7:30.

Love of learning pushes FC Dallas, Mavericks broadcaster Mark Followill to continue education, sharpen craft | The Striker Texas
We all love Mark here in Dallas and hearing how he continues to craft his skills is worth the read.

// MLS //

MLS preseason 2021 round-up: Minnesota United’s big victory highlights Saturday slate | MLSsoccer.com
As you might expect, there were a lot of preseason games over the weekend for MLS teams, including FC Dallas’ PK win in San Antonio.

LAFC release “Heart of Gold Community” secondary jersey - Angels on Parade
These new LAFC kits are...something. I feel like they are one that you really need to see live and in person before you can truly make a judgment on them.

Purple Haze! Seattle Sounders release Jimi Hendrix-inspired kit for new MLS season | ESPNFC
The more I look at the kit, the more I really like it and what it represents.

Colorado Rapids release green C5 kit and here’s what we think about it - Burgundy Wave
Colorado has always done well with their in-state tie-ins with their kits. This is just the latest example of that.

Daryl Dike and Dane Murphy's role in Barnsley's success – The Athletic
Barnsley executive Dane Murphy is putting his MLS experience to use with the Championship club as Dike thrives on the pitch.

Orlando’s Depth Will Be Tested During Busy 2021 - The Mane Land
The Lions will need plenty of people to step up and perform if the team is going to be successful this season.

In 2021, increased competition is driving the Fire - Hot Time In Old Town
Chicago has struggled over the last decade or so to really be what they used to be in MLS. I kind of think this could be their year that they get back to being competitive.

Gabriel Heinze confirms Alan Franco’s transfer to Atlanta United - Dirty South Soccer
The on and off again transfer for Atlanta United looks to finally be back on track.

Are there Clear Skies Ahead for the Loons? - E Pluribus Loonum
You want to think Minnesota is going to be in the thick of things again this season but I can't help thinking they are missing a piece or two here.

// USMNT //

U.S. U-23s fail to qualify for Olympics with 2-1 loss to Honduras - Stars and Stripes FC
One day the US will be back in the Olympics on the men's soccer side but it won't be this year.

Three takeaways from the US' gutting Olympic qualifying loss to Honduras | Charles Boehm | MLSsoccer.com
There was a lot to take in from the US's loss to Honduras yesterday in Olympic qualifying. From the coaching issues to just getting out played, it wasn't a great day.

Jason Kreis: US Under-23s "absolutely devastated" at Concacaf Olympic Qualifying defeat | MLSsoccer.com
A lot of blame will be placed on Kreis and his staff for this failure. And rightfully so.