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Big D Daily: News for Friday, March 5, 2021

We’re now a couple of days into preseason camp as FC Dallas continues to prepare for the new season.

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There certainly is something refreshing about seeing FC Dallas and other MLS teams back out on the training grounds this week as they begin preseason camp. It won’t be too much longer now until we’re talking again about meaningful games and what not. Happy Friday everyone.

// FC Dallas //

FC Dallas embrace latest challenge: Become first "selling club" to win MLS Cup |
FC Dallas have developed and sold talent to some of the world's top clubs. But turning that success into one that can win a MLS Cup is a different animal.

Q/A with FC Dallas VP of Youth Soccer Chris Hayden ahead of Scott Dymond College Showcase | FC Dallas
College showcases are still importing but COVID has certainly put a damper on how well they can help programs.

// MLS //

MLS’s U.S. Open Cup plan, schedule update, Sam Vines deal – The Athletic
There is a lot to go through in this one from the USOC and how MLS may allow the to eight teams from the first three weeks of the season qualify for it, to how the schedule for 2021 is still in the works (kind of feel like we’re going to get the schedule in chunks this year like we did post-Orlando last year).

Too many options? Orlando City SC eager for attacking versatility in 2021 trophy chase |
Pareja knows a thing or two about getting some high-scoring teams going.

Dynamo and Dash release new jerseys for 2021 season - Dynamo Theory
I guess when you rebrand your club a bit, the next jersey out is going to be a bit basic. Gotta remember these kits were worked on almost two years ago, so the timing is a bit awkward with the rebrand.

Fredy Montero rejoins Sounders - Sounder At Heart
Sounders officially announce the return of their first MLS star. And while it doesn't fit an immediate need for them, it could be the shot in the arm that they need.

Ray Gaddis announces his retirement from the Philadelphia Union - Brotherly Game
Gaddis has been a constant for the Union for almost a decade and his departure puts another hole in their already thinning defense.

Business leader thinks Sacramento MLS stadium requires public funding - Indomitable City Soccer
There is still a lot of work to be done in Sacramento now that they don't have a primary financial backer, and the stadium project may now need public money to get done.

LA Galaxy sign defender Derrick Williams - LAG Confidential
Kind of a wild move in the Galaxy's part here as they had to send some GAM to DCU to acquire the rights to Williams, not to mention the guy is rehabbing a quad injury.

Report: Canadian Championship Final to be played on March 20 at BMO Field - Waking The Red
With Toronto set to be playing games in Tampa this year, they'll at least get one true home game before the regular season kicks off.