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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, April 15, 2021

Just a couple of more sleeps until the start of the new season.

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It is kind of hard to believe we are so close to the new season kicking off this weekend. FC Dallas has two more days of training before they begin the long marathon of a season here.

// FC Dallas //

FC Dallas’ Dan Hunt doesn’t expect a full stadium in 2021 - Big D Soccer
Increased capacity could come by June but Dan Hunt doesn’t think they’ll reach 100% in 2021 just yet.

FC Dallas Injury Update: Jesus Ferreira to miss season opener - Big D Soccer
The Homegrown could be out for up to five weeks, which just sucks.

How to Watch FC Dallas in 2021 - Big D Soccer
The 2021 season is here. Here is how to stay connected as a fan both near and far.

FC Dallas supporters name section after late club legend Bobby Rhine | The Striker Texas
Any time we can celebrate the life of Bobby Rhine, it is a good thing. This is a nice step forward for the supporters groups in the stadium.

// MLS //

Three takeaways as Toronto FC upset Club Leon in CCL |
Toronto FC booked a Concacaf Champions League quarterfinal ticket Wednesday night by beating Club Leon 2-1 in their second-leg matchup, giving them a 3-2 aggregate series win.

Second half surge puts Union into the Champions League quarterfinals - Brotherly Game
Another big win for Philly in the Champions League as they'll now advance to take on Atlanta.

Champions League: 5 takeaways as Toronto FC progress to the quarter-finals - Waking The Red
Impressive to see how Toronto dispatched the defending Liga MX champions in the manner that they did here. They'll now get another Liga MX side in Cruz Azul.

Predictions for every MLS award winner in 2021 |
Some solid award predictions here by Andrew Wiebe. While he doesn't take a FC Dallas player out right for any of them here, he does at least acknowledge some as potential candidates.

All 27 MLS teams ranked by tier for 2021 |
While I hate how Power Rankings are done these days for the most part, I think I could get behind a tier ranking system. Maybe. This one isn't half bad.

21 MLS storylines for the 2021 season – The Athletic
From young players breaking through to the journey of the defending champs, MLS will have a great many interesting subplots this year.

Kellyn Acosta sets sights on Europe, USMNT prominence – The Athletic
After early success and a series of setbacks, Kellyn Acosta has gotten back on track under Robin Fraser in Colorado.

MLS tactics: 100 words on every Western Conference team – The Athletic
Expansion Austin FC remains a mystery, while the San Jose Earthquakes will take their must-see brand of soccer to MLS again.

MLS tactics: 100 words on every Eastern Conference team – The Athletic
Atlanta United and Inter Miami are among those getting new looks, while the Union and Crew must slightly modify what worked last year.

LAFC, Columbus Crew ,Toronto FC among favorites to lift MLS Cup | ESPNFC
LAFC is opening the 2021 season favored to win the club's first MLS Cup title.

Sebastian Lletget, awaiting punishment, apologizes for homophobic slur - LAG Confidential
LA Galaxy midfielder faced media and didn’t shy away from an important topic.