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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, April 28, 2021

A couple of MLS teams began their CCL quarterfinal run last night.

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

We’re at the midway point in the week here as FC Dallas continues to get ready for this weekend’s big game against Portland (who by the way have a CCL clash tonight in Oregon).

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East Stand View: I Miss The Cars - Big D Soccer
VAR decisions continue to go against FC Dallas here (except that late red card to Wondo) but there was more to be frustrated with in San Jose than just that.

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Philadelphia Union on the brink of Champions League semifinal after 3-0 win in Atlanta - Brotherly Game
Andre Blake bailed them out in the first half and the offense kicked in with three massive second-half away goals.

Atlanta United fumbles first CCL quarterfinal leg against Philadelphia Union - Dirty South Soccer
Most would have figured Atlanta to come out stronger than this in the CCL against Philly but losing like this at home is almost a guarantee that you're not advancing.

Recap & Highlights: Toronto FC fall 3-1 to commanding Cruz Azul - Waking The Red
Speaking of likely not advancing, the Reds were outclassed by the Liga MX frontrunners in the first leg of the quarterfinals.

Three takeaways from Philadelphia's stunning CCL win in Atlanta |
Yeah, from the Atlanta side of things you have to feel pretty gutted here while on the other hand for Philly, you're elated at the chances of going to a CCL semifinal.

What's behind Chicharito's incredible start to 2021 and is it sustainable? |
Chicharito isn’t messing around, people. Maybe it is him actually getting service in the midfield or just he's finally comfortable in LA. Whatever it is, is working.

Gyasi Zardes: Columbus Crew SC "on the same playing field" as CF Monterrey |
The first round was pretty easy for Columbus but like us here in Dallas know, going up against Monterrey in the CCL is never an easy thing.

How Toronto FC landed Yeferson Soteldo and what he brings to MLS – The Athletic
In Yeferson Soteldo, Toronto FC gains an exciting young talent who turned heads at Copa Libertadores. But the real story for me is how MLS should be getting more guys like, even during a pandemic.

Sounders injury updates: Nico Lodeiro ‘will be involved’ vs. Galaxy - Sounder At Heart
Seattle has been dealing with some injuries to key players to begin this new season.

Help Is on the Way for Orlando City - The Mane Land
Returning players and a healthier Nani will significantly improve Orlando City’s attack.