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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, March 4, 2021

Preseason is underway here in Dallas.

FC Dallas is back in action here as Wednesday marked the first full day of training for the squad since December. Luchi Gonzalez told the media on his season-opening call with them that things looked good in the first session and that everyone was ready to get to work on this season. Yeah, it is definitely something you love to see here.

// FC Dallas //

Everything you need to know as FC Dallas begins preseason camp - Big D Soccer
What is FC Dallas missing as they head into 2021, where things stand with the roster, and who will emerge as the biggest rivalry. Loads of questions for this new season.

FC Dallas Officially Kicks Off 2021 Preseason | FC Dallas
It is good to see the players and coaches back out on the field here as we gear up for a new season.

FC Dallas Academy benefits from proven record of success | The Striker Texas
We all know the academy is the star of the team in some ways as it has lead to some first team players earning big contracts from European teams.

Reggie Cannon: 'My safety in America was compromised for pointing out injustice' | USA | The Guardian
The former FCD full-back is attracting the attention of clubs across Europe after his transfer to Portugal. The move across the Atlantic has also made him reflect on home.

// MLS //

San Jose Earthquakes unveil 2021 First Star kit inspired by 2001 MLS Cup championship team | MLSsoccer.com
There are a lot of retro-style kits this year but I have to say that this one may be one of my favorites of the lot. A simple reminder of their old glory days.

Each MLS team's top 2021 MVP candidate — ranked by tier | Andrew Wiebe | MLSsoccer.com
Wiebe has some interesting names here, including the one for FC Dallas. I will say, if his FCD pick plays like he did in 2019, then it is certainly a possibility.

Philadelphia Union confident strong pipeline of talent can replace Mark McKenzie, Brenden Aaronson | MLSsoccer.com
Philadelphia is in a similar boat that Dallas is in here, in that they have to figure out how to replace some young stars from within their system.

Orlando City coach Oscar Pareja: Daryl Dike will return from Barnsley loan unless "something exceptional happens" | MLSsoccer.com
Dike has done well with Barnsley while on loan but that buy-clause is huge.

New Sporting Kansas City No. 10 Gianluca Busio says he's ready to be team's main man in 2021 | MLSsoccer.com
Gianluca Busio says he's eager to "really put the team on my back" as Sporting KC's new No. 10.

Colorado Rapids sign 16-year-old Darren Yapi to 5-year Homegrown contract - Burgundy Wave
Yapi becomes the youngest player to sign a pro contract with the Rapids.

The Columbus Crew loan Sebastian Berhalter to Austin FC - Massive Report
The Black & Gold are sending the second-year midfielder on loan within MLS. Intra-MLS loans are still super intriguing to me when they happen.

Sebastian Lletget and another new look for the LA Galaxy | US Soccer Players
Greg Vanney's move to the LA Galaxy creates a new optimism for players like Sebastian Lletget looking to get back to the club's dynasty eras.

Sounders transfer rumor: Fredy Montero could soon return - Sounder At Heart
This would be a pretty interesting turn of events for both sides to see Montero return to the place where he had so much success.