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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Everyone is putting out their season previews here as the new season kicks off in two days.

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The hype train on the new season is picking up a ton of steam here as we are patiently waiting for Saturday to roll around.

// FC Dallas //

2021 FC Dallas season preview - Big D Soccer
A new season is here with a lot of promise for FC Dallas.

FC Dallas Players and Staff Receive COVID-19 Vaccine | FC Dallas
This is a positive thing to see as some of the players and staff received their vaccines yesterday.

SET THE STAGE: FC Dallas vs. Colorado Rapids | 4.17.21 | FC Dallas
Saturday's game already has a nice build up to it as both teams like their youth and there is a good bit of familiarity between them.

// MLS //

MLS kits 2021: The best and worst of this year’s uniforms -
You gotta love kit ratings each year and this one from the mothership isn't too off from others I've seen so far. A lot to agree with and a lot to disagree with.

MLS preview 2021: Where every team stands heading into season -
Previewing the new MLS season by the people who know their teams best.

Three takeaways as Atlanta United clinch win over Alajuelense |
Atlanta is moving on in the Champions League despite not playing their best.

Yimmi Chara hat trick propels Timbers into CCL quarterfinals - Stumptown Footy
The Portland Timbers dominate CD Marathon at Providence Park 5-0 (6-2 aggregate) to advance in the Champions League.

Atlanta United wins second leg 1-0 vs. LD Alajuelense, advances to CCL quarterfinals - Dirty South Soccer
Atlanta’s second leg performance was a bit lackluster but a win is still a win in a tournament like this.

MLS launches U22 Initiative to support further investment in young players |
There is a lot to read about this new Initiative but at the end of the day I do think it benefits a team like FC Dallas more than how the Designated Players have in the past.

Austin FC owner Matthew McConaughey answers: What is a minister of culture? |
In a very McConaughey way, he explains what it means to be a minister of culture down in Austin.

Eight young MLS players worth keeping an eye on in 2021 – The Athletic
In a league that’s slowly getting a reputation for developing young talent, here are some names to track including one of our own.

Ryan Smith’s RSL interest, Garber on expansion: MLS Notebook – The Athletic
On Monday, league figures provided updates on expansion, the “young money” initiative, and the Inter Miami investigation.

Select your MLS Cup journey: An interactive season preview – The Athletic
Sure, you can read the regular MLS previews that are out there but this one takes the cake with a choose your own adventure-style writing. I'm not even mad at the FC Dallas one in this.

MLS and the money league | US Soccer Players
Forbes released its annual list of the top 20 most valuable club soccer teams in the world and all of them are from Europe's top leagues. Which should be no surprise.

Fans left fuming after Sounders ticketing fiasco - Sounder At Heart
At least the Sounders take some responsibility on this with their fans. I appreciate that.

Report: Bobby Wood set to join RSL early after HSV terminates contract - RSL Soapbox
Hamburger SV terminated Wood’s contract effective immediately, and he is set to join up with RSL after his wife gives birth to their second child.

A history of serious Kevin Molino injuries have the Crew being patient - Massive Report
So maybe this is why most MLS clubs opted not to sign Molino via free agency this winter.

Toronto FC will rely heavily on young guns once again vs. Club León - Waking The Red
Chris Armas has made his intentions clear that he'll go with youth in these early stages.