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Big D Daily: News for Monday, March 7, 2021

Another weekend in the books as FC Dallas continues their two-a-days in preseason camp this week.

The preseason rolls on here as FC Dallas look to get ready for next week’s preseason friendlies. They’ll have two training sessions a day this week, a typical sight for this time of the year.

// FC Dallas //

FC Dallas not expected to compete in 2021 Leagues Cup - Big D Soccer
It looks like that busy summer schedule might be a tad lighter if this news comes true.

Which FC Dallas players are flying under the radar heading into 2021? - Big D Soccer
With preseason underway in Frisco, which FC Dallas players are flying under the radar for a strong 2021 season? We have three suggestions here.

// MLS //

St. Louis CITY SC crafting "extremely unique" downtown "campus" in construction of new stadium | MLSsoccer.com
Not gonna lie, what St. Louis is planning here with their stadium is pretty dope. Also, their stadium is making some good progress ahead of them joining MLS.

Top 5 defensive midfielders in MLS: Do you agree with the Extratime picks? | MLSsoccer.com
Hard to argue too much with this list. Hopefully this season we'll see Thiago Santos emerge as one of the league's top DMs.

What Sam Vines' new deal says about the future of young players in MLS | Charles Boehm | MLSsoccer.com
Vines is another young guy that folks believe could be on his way out to Europe before long. Colorado is just doing what FC Dallas has been doing for years with their young stars but locking them into a long contract to protect that investment.

Inter Miami Inter Milan in settlement talks over 'Inter' trademark dispute | ESPNFC
MLS and Inter Milan are in settlement talks related to the trademark battle over the use of the word "Inter." I'm not gonna lie, this is still kind of ridiculous to me that there is even a battle over this.

MLS investigates David Beckham's Inter Miami over Matuidi transfer | ESPNFC
This was intriguing news that hit last Friday. Miami apparently did some shady stuff to get Matuidi on their roster last year and now the league is planning to look into it.

Why the MLS offseason has seemed slow for player signings – The Athletic
MLS teams are signing about as many players as last year. So why does this offseason seem so quiet? My gut tells me it has something to do with a pandemic still going on and MLS teams needing to get moves done early enough to give players time to get to the US.

Orlando City in discussions to sell team to Wilf family – The Athletic
The Minnesota Vikings owners currently hold a minority share in Nashville SC and attempted a past expansion bid. Very curious to see how this one unfolds for Orlando.

Lautaro Giannetti fails medical exam, transfer to Atlanta United breaks down - Dirty South Soccer
It is always very intriguing when a player fails a medical exam ahead of a transfer move. Big loss apparently for Atlanta here.