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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, April 29, 2021

MLS had another wild night the Champions League.

MLS: FC Dallas at San Jose Earthquakes Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

The week rolls into a rainy Thursday here in Dallas as we get ready for another weekend of play for FC Dallas. The club is getting set to host the Portland Timbers who had a busy night on Wednesday in the Champions League.

// FC Dallas //

FC Dallas Loanees & Affiliates Report: Brandon Servania gets another start - Big D Soccer
Brandon Servania continues to play well in the Austrian Bundesliga as he gets minutes in a new position.

FC Dallas Signs Academy Product Collin Smith - Big D Soccer
Smith becomes the 32nd HGP signed by the club. He will go on a season-long loan to North Texas SC.

FC Dallas, supporters hoping for positive image in week 2 after safe-standing setback | The Striker Texas
The 'safe standing' section in Toyota Stadium during the season opener was a bit of a disappointment to most. Now the club has apparently done their part to fix that.

SET THE STAGE: FC Dallas vs. Portland Timbers | 5.1.21 | FC Dallas
Will we see FC Dallas go back to their 4-3-3 look this weekend against Portland?

// MLS //

Columbus Crew settles for wild tie vs. Monterrey in Champions League - Massive Report
Columbus gets a pretty wild draw that sets them up for a big challenge in Monterrey in the next leg.

Timbers draw Club America 1-1 thanks to late PK from Felipe Mora - Stumptown Footy
As per usual, the Timbers didn’t make it easy, but they came away with a 1-1 draw thanks to a late equalizer from Felipe Mora off a penalty kick.

Savarese: Portland representing MLS in showdown with Liga MX giant Club America | MLSSoccer.com
Some will say that Portland has the biggest challenge against Club America in the CCL, and last night kind of proved that to be the case.

Midweek Analyst: Latif Blessing's brain, plus stat and young player of the week | MLSSoccer.com
It is kind of scary to think that LAFC have gotten two good results without Diego Rossi or Carlos Vela involved.

NYCFC determined Valentin 'Taty' Castellanos will remain despite Palmeiras interest | ESPNFC
NYCFC is determined to hang on to striker Valentin "Taty" Castellanos, despite a recent offer from Palmeiras. I do find this interesting that another player from a New York team is wanting out like this though.

Is LAFC evolving in 2021? | US Soccer Players
As the team is known for the most potent offense in Major League Soccer, LAFC may be developing a defense that could turn them into a greater threat.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium set to operate at 100% capacity beginning May 15 - Dirty South Soccer
Another move toward normalcy for some but it does seem to be a bit quick.

Covid-19 restrictions continue to hamper Sounders’ scouting ability - Sounder At Heart
Garth Lagerwey suggests the team may be more conservative in the summer window as a result.

LA Galaxy sign defender Séga Coulibaly - LAG Confidential
Malian-French player latest import from French leagues for the Galaxy.

Chicago Fire Notebook: Positive injury news, a new training facility, and Wicky weighs in on Marsch to Red Bull Leipzig - Hot Time In Old Town
Seeing that Chicago wants to re-do their training facility is good news. They'll be better off for it in the long run.

Sources: Despite rumors, Anthony Precourt not interested in Liga MX team | The Striker Texas
Does anyone in MLS truly trust what Precourt says though? We’ll certainly see.