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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, April 7, 2021

FC Dallas hosts Austin FC for the first time this afternoon.

The preseason is down to two final game here as FC Dallas will host newcomers Austin FC later this afternoon. It is kind of crazy that we’re just a week and a half out from the start of the new season.

// FC Dallas //

MLS Launches Retro Since ‘96 Collection - Big D Soccer
FC Dallas gets some new Dallas Burn gear as a result of this new collection.

FC Dallas and Estrella Media Announce First-Ever Spanish-Language TV Broadcast Partnership | FC Dallas
While it isn't an answer for some of us with regards to an English language broadcast situation, it is good to see that there is a local Spanish option.

FC Dallas continues Copita quest as Tessmann, Ferreira return to training | The Striker Texas
Getting Ferreira and Tessmann back in training is a big deal as FC Dallas pushes towards the start of the regular season next weekend.

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Three takeaways from Atlanta United's win over Alajuelense | MLSSoccer.com
Atlanta went on the road and picked up the result they needed in the CCL. Which wasn't easy given the red card that they picked up.

Atlanta United wins first leg of CONCACAF Champions League Round of 16 vs. Alajuelense - Dirty South Soccer
Just another day in Concacaf here but Atlanta picked up a win against a team that has been red-hot in their own league this season.

Timbers hail ageless Diego Valeri after latest heroics: "He was phenomenal" | MLSSoccer.com
He didn't technically get credit for it, but Diego Valeri's free-kick strike that put the Portland Timbers up 2-1 in their Concacaf Champions League Round of 16 series against CD Marathon on Tuesday was the ageless Argentine at his finest.

Timbers draw CD Marathon 2-2 in Honduras - Stumptown Footy
Portland earned two away goals in the first leg of their CCL matchup against the Honduran side.

The 7 most consequential moments in MLS history | MLSSoccer.com
Yesterday was the milestone day in MLS history that saw the league's first match 25 years ago. There have been so many wild moments since then.

Breza Heads to Montreal on Busy Day of Loan Trading - Mount Royal Soccer
The partnership in Italy continues to pay off a bit for Montreal here.

2021 MLS jersey Power Rankings: Philadelphia captures lightning in a bottle, Seattle hits the right note | ESPNFC
Everyone loves to rank new kits when they are released and this year's MLS crop was certainly a different bunch than what we've seen in recent years.

How Inter Miami can solve their four-DP roster issue – The Athletic
With confirmation that the club is above the league limit on designated players, Inter Miami faces a few tough decisions.

FC Cincinnati shopping Frankie Amaya, files tampering charges – The Athletic
The midfielder is back on the trading block, with LAFC said to be interested in addition to New York and Philadelphia.

Details of how Sounders are planning to bring fans back to Lumen Field - Sounder At Heart
How Seattle is handling their ticket options seems a bit confusing at times but it does sound like they've thought through some things here.

Report: Alejandro Pozuelo to miss clash vs. Club León - Waking The Red
It appears the Reds will be without the reigning MVP for tomorrow’s CCL match vs. Club León.

What’s next for the Red Bulls in the Kaku saga? - Once A Metro
Domestic validity of midfielder’s contract affirmed as case between MLS and MLSPA settled in favor of league but the player has recently started games with his new team.