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Big D Daily: News for Tuesday, April 6, 2021

FC Dallas has one more day of training before hosting Austin FC for the first time.

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This preseason continues to move along here as FC Dallas has a preseason friendly against their new Texan rivals from Austin tomorrow afternoon (with a video stream I might add!). We will do our best to cover that one as it will be more like a regular game (hopefully).

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2021 MLS Season Preview |
Matt Doyle projected starting XIs and predicted finishes for every team, here is a deep dive into FC Dallas.

Why Andrés Ricaurte Can Be Even Better for FC Dallas in 2021 | FC Dallas
A full preseason will do a lot of good for a guy like Ricaurte. That and having his family around in Frisco is probably enough to propel him to greater heights this season.

Five position battles to watch as FC Dallas’ season opener nears | The Striker Texas
Luchi Gonzalez always loves a good position battle and this year will certainly be no different with the influx of new talent brought in.

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MLS' concussion substitute trial puts player health and safety at the forefront |
Seeing that MLS is taking a large step forward with player safety is a good thing to me. Concussions are no joke and the more the league can do to keep players healthy in that area, the better.

Sources: LA Galaxy finalizing signing of French winger Kevin Cabral |
A hefty transfer fee for this one but LA has done well with signings like this in the past, so why not.

San Jose Earthquakes announce stadium naming rights deal with PayPal - Center Line Soccer
A ten-year deal for the naming rights to one of the bigger tech names out there. Smart move for San Jose.

Jeff Larentowicz announces his retirement from professional soccer - Dirty South Soccer
Larentowicz was a guy that made pennies in his rookie season way 16 years ago. He's one of those constant rocks that MLS has had. I hope nothing but the best for him in retirement.

Atlanta United vs. Alajuelense: What to expect in the CCL – The Athletic
Atlanta's previous two CCL journeys have posed markedly different challenges from what they'll face in 2021.

Sounders reveal plans for allowing fans into first five games - Sounder At Heart
About 7,000 tickets will be made available to existing season-ticket holders on April 13.

Do the Chicago Fire need to sign more players? - Hot Time In Old Town
The age-old question going into a new season, has your team done enough? The answer is usually, almost always no.

Toronto FC to kick off 2021 season against Club León in the Champions League - Waking The Red
After a one season absence, Toronto FC is back in the CONCACAF Champions League and they get one of the hardest first-round tests.