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Big D Daily: News for Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Now is time for all the season prediction fun to hit the media outlets this week.

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We are in the final few days here before the start of the new season for FC Dallas and MLS. Teams are all back in their respective markets (minus the three Canadian ones that are in various spots for the time being). The excitement is certainly building for Friday’s first game.

// FC Dallas //

Five questions for FC Dallas ahead of the 2021 regular season - Big D Soccer
The preseason is done and in the books, so what questions do we still need answered before the first kickoff of the regular season?

Scouting FC Dallas’ newcomers ahead of the 2021 season - Big D Soccer
FC Dallas was busy this offseason, so let’s break down the newcomers to see what they’ll bring to the table.

// MLS //

How every team can win the Supporters' Shield in 2021 |
The same reasons why FC Dallas can win are also pretty similar to how they won't win according to Doyle. Thing is, that is true for most clubs going into this season. A whole lotta 'ifs' out there for everyone.

Six most entertaining MLS teams in 2021 |
So two teams from the West not named LA or Seattle, and almost all the teams in the southeast. Lovely.

Nashville SC, head coach Gary Smith agree to contract extension |
This is a smart bit of business for Nashville as they looked good as an expansion team under Smith.

D.C. United hires Lucy Rushton as first female MLS general manager since '99 | ESPNFC
D.C. United has hired Lucy Rushton to be the team's new GM, becoming the first woman to hold that role at a MLS club since 1999. You definitely want to see more of this in MLS.

Garber: San Diego, Las Vegas, Phoenix on MLS list amid Sacramento expansion hold | ESPNFC
This isn't all that shocking to me as MLS is probably going to quickly move away from Sacramento as soon as someone else steps up with the money to get a team. San Diego would be intriguing given their lack of a NFL and NBA team.

Every MLS team's biggest need ahead of the 2021 season – The Athletic
I'm not entirely sure the writer has watched Andres Ricaurte here but okay let's roll with service as the main need.

Liga MX's president intent on growing MLS partnership – The Athletic
Mikel Arriola said that growing international development and revenue is a primary goal for Mexico's pro leagues.

One instant way to improve the LA Galaxy? Speed up the play - LAG Confidential
Speed tends to be an x-factor for some in MLS and it could improve how LA is in this new year.

Porter updates on Columbus Crew players being evaluated for injuries - Massive Report
After just one match, the Black & Gold have a handful of players with minor injuries entering the MLS regular season.

Five potential DP signings NYCFC could make this summer - Hudson River Blue
This summer will see many marquee players be out of contract. Here’s five that NYCFC might consider pursuing.