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Big D Daily: News for Monday, April 5, 2021

Kind of crazy to think that we’re just a couple of weeks away from the new season.

As the preseason rolls on here, FC Dallas is starting to look pretty good (at least in the highlights). There are just a couple of weeks left on this preseason and just two more games to use as a launching point into the new season.

// FC Dallas //

FC Dallas Opens its La Copita Campaign with 5-0 Win Over San Antonio FC | FC Dallas
FC Dallas looked good in their latest preseason game against San Antonio. I think we're going to enjoy seeing guys like Jader Obrain and Freddy Vargas this season.

How FC Dallas' Spanish voice Carlos Alvarado has stayed with the club since Day 1 | The Striker Texas
Carlos Alvarado is one of those few consistencies with FC Dallas these days. Something that is rare these days in MLS.

// MLS //

What's next? Inside the life of a relocated professional soccer player | MLSSoccer.com
If you ever have wondered what it really takes to get a new player to a club, outside of the transfer talk, this is a pretty interesting piece on that matter.

NYCFC CEO gives update on new stadium | MLSSoccer.com
So basically, they're still a good few years away from anything.

MLS preseason 2021 round-up: Houston, Minnesota, Sporting KC, RSL all win as part of packed Saturday slate | MLSSoccer.com
Saturday was busy across MLS in the preseason camps, as we saw Austin and Houston battle it out, as well as a couple of other friendlies.

MLS expansion: Where does Sacramento stand? Could another city snatch up its place? | ESPNFC
In February, Sacramento lost its lead investor in its bid for an expansion MLS team. Will the league still go to the California capital? My gut tells me someone else is going to get that spot for now.

Bobby Wood on his move to Real Salt Lake – The Athletic
After playing his whole career to this point in Germany, Bobby Wood is joining Real Salt Lake and looking to restart his USMNT involvement.

NYCFC will ask a lot of its midfield | US Soccer Players
Keaton Parks and James Sands are now key to NYCFC as the club starts an interesting era without Alex Ring and with eight games in New Jersey.

Inside Craig Waibel’s ‘arduous’ interview process - Sounder At Heart
Sounders new sporting director stood out amidst multiple rounds of interviews, including a written project and hours of interviews.

Timbers sign Ismalia Jome and Jorge Gonzalez to round out 2021 roster - Stumptown Footy
Jome will add depth to left back, and Gonzalez will go on loan to Louisville City FC for the 2021 USL Championship season.

Atlanta United to allow 50 percent capacity for 2021 MLS home opener - Dirty South Soccer
I forgot for a minute how Georgia was a bit of the wild west during this pandemic, so seeing 50% doesn't shock me at all. They’re joining FC Dallas with that amount.