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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, April 8, 2021

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FC Dallas survives a wild game with Austin FC to remain on top in La Copita.

It wasn’t easy, and it sure wasn’t pretty at times but FC Dallas picked up a solid result in their second game of the La Copita preseason tournament on Wednesday with a win in penalties over Austin FC. One more game is left in the preseason this weekend against rivals Houston before next weekend’s season opener.

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FC Dallas Signs Hungarian Winger Szabolcs Schön - Big D Soccer
FC Dallas wastes no time with their open international roster slot by signing Schon to a three-year deal.

Three things we learned from FC Dallas' 3-3 draw with Austin FC in La Copita | The Striker Texas
FC Dallas remains unbeaten in La Copita play with one game to go but yesterday's win over Austin proved to be the biggest test so far this preseason.

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Philadelphia savor milestone moment after wild CCL debut | MLSSoccer.com
When it comes to the Concacaf Champions League, it's always wise to expect the unexpected. Philly did just that in their first trip to Costa Rica.

Union returning home up 1-0 on Saprissa in Champions League Round of 16 after historic win - Brotherly Game
Kacper Przbylko scored off a beautiful ball from Olivier Mbaizo and the defense held on for the first leg win.

Jozy Altidore and Erickson Gallardo leave Club Leon game with injuries - Waking The Red
Already missing a lot of players, Toronto FC lost another pair to injuries on Wednesday night.

Inter Miami's Designated Player problem and potential solutions | MLSSoccer.com
Sounds like either a loan or a buy out are Miami's only options for one of their DPs.

The new coaches in MLS | US Soccer Players
Five coaches will make their Major League Soccer debuts this season with all facing different situations due to expectations and the pandemic.

2021 MLS Season Previews: Atlanta United, Chicago Fire, and FC Dallas — American Soccer Analysis
If you scroll down a bit, you'll see our old friend Jason Poon with a nice preview of FC Dallas for this season.

Timbers seeking more next time they face CD Marathon - Stumptown Footy
The Portland Timbers came out of Honduras with a decent result, but they aren’t totally satisfied.

Five thoughts on Gabriel Heinze’s wild Atlanta United debut match - Dirty South Soccer
Any debut for a club coach is going to be interesting in MLS but to do it in a Concacaf game adds a bit of spice to it that you just can predict what will go on.

RSL opening home opener attendance to 10,000, says interim president Kimball - RSL Soapbox
The move comes as nearly 25% of Utahns are fully vaccinated.

‘We’re not defending last year’s trophy,’ Crew focused on of repeating - Massive Report
The Black & Gold look to become the fourth team in MLS history to win back-to-back cups.