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Big D Daily: News for Monday, April 26, 2021

It was another busy weekend in MLS that saw FC Dallas lose on the road to San Jose.

MLS: FC Dallas at San Jose Earthquakes Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

It certainly wasn’t the kind of game we wanted out of FC Dallas on Saturday afternoon in San Jose. Now the team has to regroup as they return home to battle Portland this weekend.

// FC Dallas & NTSC //

FC Dallas stumbles on the road, losing 3-1 to the San Jose Earthquakes - Big D Soccer
A rough first half led to an even worse second half for FC Dallas but at least Ricardo Pepi came in and scored a goal.

Three things we learned in FC Dallas’ loss to the San Jose Earthquakes - Big D Soccer
There was some good, but there was a whole lotta bad in this game for Luchi Gonzalez and his squad on Saturday.

Three things we learned from FC Dallas' 3-1 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes | The Striker Texas
There were a lot of questions to be asked of how FC Dallas is generating offense right now.

North Texas Two Step – Liftoff - Big D Soccer
NTSC started its season in grand style: scoring a lot of goals and refusing to play any defenders.

// MLS //

Austin doing it right, Montréal strike it lucky and more from Week 2 | MLSSoccer.com
The parity in the league is showing through after two weeks with only LA sitting at a 2-0-0 mark.

Saturday takeaways: What we learned from Week 2's action | MLSSoccer.com
After a spectacular opening weekend to the MLS season, there has been little letup in Week 2, with Saturday's 11 games featuring a heavyweight clash out West, another homegrown making his mark and the first-ever win for Austin FC.

Carlos Vela, Diego Rossi's absence reminds us of their value to LAFC | MLSSoccer.com
LAFC needs both to go the distance in 2021 but the longer they're both missing from action, the harder it will be for LAFC to make a title run.

Analysis: New York Red Bulls' new look is a work in progress – The Athletic
A look at the data behind Struber's time at Barnsley shows the parts of the game RBNY will look to improve.

What we know about Austin FC DP Tomás Pochettino being sidelined in Colorado | The Striker Texas
Another expansion club in MLS having "administrative issues" though is not a good thing. Not sure what this means moving forward for Austin and Pochettino.

Propelled by Cecilio Domínguez, Austin FC creates history in Colorado | The Striker Texas
Austin went to Colorado and picked up their historic first win in club history.

Hats off: LA Galaxy 3, New York Red Bulls 2 - LAG Confidential
Chicharito remains a man on a mission in victory while the Galaxy defense nearly gave it away.

Fierro gets job done on both ends of the field for San Jose Earthquakes - Center Line Soccer
The San Jose attacker had the biggest defensive play in the win over Dallas.

Anderson Julio shines in debut as RSL opens season with 2-1 win - RSL Soapbox
Julio bagged a brace in his first appearance for Real Salt Lake as they left Minnesota with the full three points.

Union drop home opener to Inter Miami with disappointing second half - Brotherly Game
The Higuain brothers staged the comeback win for the visitors in what was the Union’s first regular-season loss at home since 2019.

Three thoughts on Atlanta United welcoming back supporters with a win over Chicago Fire - Dirty South Soccer
Atlanta felt a bit like their early days with a stadium that was half-full (felt louder than that) and with Jose Martinez leading the way.