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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, April 1, 2021

It is no joke, the MLS season will start later this month.

The final countdown to the start of the new season feels like more of a real thing today as we enter the month of April. Just a couple more weeks here until the start of the regular season for FC Dallas and the rest of MLS.

// FC Dallas & NTSC //

North Texas SC reveals new secondary kit - Big D Soccer
The new kit is clean and rather nice as North Texas enters its third year.

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St. Louis CITY SC's "STLMade" philosophy epitomized by Purina partnership | MLSSoccer.com
It is a bit crazy to me that St. Louis already has a jersey sponsor before having a jersey while teams like Colorado and Miami do not have a jersey sponsor.

Report: Toronto FC's Richie Laryea drawing interest from Besiktas | MLSSoccer.com
Nothing like an MLS player being linked to a Turkish club. Boy does that bring back some memories for us here in Dallas.

Fontana brace leads Philadelphia Union to win over DC United in final preseason match - Brotherly Game
One of those Fontana goals was rather nice too.

Minnesota homegrown Patrick Weah scores in preseason win over Columbus | MLSSoccer.com
It looked like Minnesota brought their a-team while Columbus is still sorting some things out here in this preseason.

MLS in the 2021 Concacaf Champions League | US Soccer Players
Major League Soccer's representatives in the 2021 Concacaf Champions League get an early start to the season with plenty on the line.

Ezequiel Barco is ready to step up for Atlanta United – The Athletic
With a new coach in place and a new role in the team, Ezequiel Barco is hoping to prove his worth to Atlanta United.

The lasting effects of a challenging 2020 for the Sounders – The Athletic
After overcoming so much, the Sounders fell short in MLS Cup, leaving them to endure a long and trying offseason. Can they bounce back?

‘Frustrating’ absence of Raul Ruidiaz drags on - Sounder At Heart
This one feels like it is worth watching to see what is actually going on with Ruidiaz.

Youthful LA Galaxy lose 4-1 vs. Revolution in preseason action - LAG Confidential
It sounds like Greg Vanney was trying some things out as they lost to New England.

Now or Never: A number of Dynamo players with their future undecided will look to have a big 2021 season - Dynamo Theory
Some may be in what is known as a 'contract year', while others just need to find a way to prove themselves on an MLS level.

Paul Arriola returns to D.C. United after Swansea City loan ends early - Black And Red United
It seems as though loaning players to Swansea wasn't that good after all for MLS teams. At least this one isn't a season-ending injury like Jordan Morris.

Jurgen Damm “feeling very good” ahead of first full Atlanta United season - Dirty South Soccer
I guess Damm is feeling damn good. Alright then.