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Big D Daily: News for Monday, April 19, 2021

FC Dallas got their season kicked off with a bit of a slow start.

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MLS: Colorado Rapids at FC Dallas Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The new season is underway in MLS after a lot of games over the weekend to get it going. We saw plenty of great goals and interesting matches, while FC Dallas failed to do much in their draw with Colorado.

// FC Dallas //

FC Dallas and Colorado Rapids open season with scoreless draw - Big D Soccer
Jimmy Maurer came up huge for Dallas but the attack looked a bit lost in the season opener.

Three things we learned from FC Dallas' season-opening draw with the Colorado Rapids | The Striker Texas
There will be a lot to build on for FC Dallas as they head to San Jose this week.

Michael Barrios pops up in team photo, gets warm welcome from fans in return to Toyota Stadium | The Striker Texas
FC Dallas did the right thing and the good thing on Saturday by honoring Barrios for his time with the team.

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Chicharito finds his form, Sounders make a statement & more from Week 1 |
The new season has begun. As is usually the case in MLS, home teams fared pretty well. Nobody, of course, fared better than the Sounders this past week.

Ambitious Austin left disappointed but encouraged by MLS debut |
Austin's first real game in MLS was not one that went to plan as they came up short against LAFC.

Bradley takes responsibility for & defends early Vela sub in LAFC win - Angels on Parade
Usually, those in-game interviews with a coach are worthless but this time it was not as Bradley revealed he was in the wrong for subbing Vela in the manner that he did.

Saturday takeaways: What we learned from Week 1's action |
Austin FC came up short against LAFC, but had plenty to be encouraged by on their MLS debut, while CF Montréal provided an impressive surprise and Caden Clark headlined a day of golazos.

The Seattle Sounders' opening night skill show – The Athletic
With fans back in the stands, the Seattle Sounders made a statement in their season opener against Minnesota United.

The MLS youth movement in 2021 | US Soccer Players
MLS trended younger in 2020 and saw immediate benefits with competitive clubs and high-profile transfers to Europe. Will that continue in 2021?

Timbers drop MLS season opener to Vancouver Whitecaps - Stumptown Footy
Portland’s MLS campaign begins with a dispiriting 1-0 defeat to the Whitecaps in Sandy, Utah.

LA Galaxy relish ‘emotional’ win to open 2021 season - LAG Confidential
LA has to feel pretty decent here after starting on the road and finding a win with two goals from Chicharito.

The Columbus Crew holds onto a point on a night of celebration - Massive Report
Columbus and Philadelphia battled for a 0-0 draw to start the MLS season, as past accomplishments shined.