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Big D Daily: News for Monday, April 12, 2021

Holy crap, the preseason is over folks!

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There is certainly a good feeling in the air with the new season upon us here this weekend. FC Dallas wrapped up the preseason with a perfect campaign to close out La Copita with a dominating win over their rivals Houston.

// FC Dallas //

FC Dallas signs Homegrown winger Beni Redžić - Big D Soccer
That makes 31 Homegrown products signed for FC Dallas. Redzic always looked like the real deal with North Texas SC too, so it seems like a good move on paper.

FC Dallas Becomes La Copita Champion with 3-0 Win over Houston Dynamo | FC Dallas
La Copita was a tiny trophy but a trophy nonetheless. FC Dallas looked good in their last preseason game against Houston too.

The Meaning Behind FC Dallas' New Squad Numbers | FC Dallas
I'm not usually one that gushes or gets worked up over jersey numbers but it is cool hearing some reasons why some guys got new numbers this year.

Three things we learned from FC Dallas' La Copita-clinching victory over the Houston Dynamo | The Striker Texas
FC Dallas will now take their perfect preseason into the regular season.

// MLS //

The 5 most unpredictable MLS teams in 2021 |
As the new season is set to kick off this week, it is time to start figuring out who everyone actually is here.

2021 offseason transfer grades for all 27 MLS clubs |
A B+ for FC Dallas in this one feels about right given the moves that were made. We know the new faces have worked well in preseason but now things get real here this weekend.

MLS maestros: The No. 10s lighting up MLS and bucking the global trend |
Some have proclaimed the death of the traditional playmaker. A look around MLS tells a very different story.

Nashville SC acquire defender Dylan Nealis in trade with Inter Miami |
Saturday saw a little trade between the 2020 expansion partners.

Chicharito, the Crew, and Austin FC's debut: MLS storylines to watch for | ESPNFC
As the new season begins this week, there are plenty of storylines to follow around the league.

If Inter Miami trades Matías Pellegrini, here's where he could land – The Athletic
Of the six teams mentioned here, San Jose and Houston feel like the likeliest of the bunch.

Sebastian Lletget, USMNT, Galaxy player, used gay slur on Instagram - Outsports
Lletget tells Outsports he’s sorry he called teammate Julian Araujo ‘puto’ and then shared video of him doing that with his 689K followers. Yikes.

Opinion: Atlanta United’s offseason was an unequivocal success - Dirty South Soccer
Folks in Atlanta feel good about their potential return to glory after a solid offseason.