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Big D Daily: News for Friday, April 9, 2021

Tomorrow sees the final game of the preseason for FC Dallas as they take on Houston.

It is hard to believe that the preseason is nearly done. FC Dallas has one more game tomorrow in the final of La Copita against their main rivals from Houston. That will then kick off the final week of training before the new season begins next Saturday.

// FC Dallas and North Texas //

A lesson on gambling, South American football and a love of Andres Ricaurte - Big D Soccer
FC Dallas has a special one in Andres Ricaurte, hopefully we see more of it in 2021.

FC Dallas announces English and Spanish broadcasting for 2021 - Big D Soccer
FC Dallas returns to TXA-21 while debuting a new broadcast on a local Spanish channel.

North Texas SC Preseason 2021: Predictions - Big D Soccer
There are a lot of things worth predicting for 2021 and we took the chance to try and do as many of them for North Texas SC as possible.

// MLS //

Don Garber: Austin FC is ‘Expansion Team Plus’ | The Striker Texas
So far, it seems as though Austin has delivered on their promise of being a solid market for MLS. Now the big step is going to be filling the stadium once they are able to.

"Ruthless" Columbus showcase attacking weapons in emphatic CCL win | MLSSoccer.com
The Columbus Crew opened up their 2021 season in style with a convincing 4-0 victory over Nicaraguan side Real Esteli in the Concacaf Champions League on Thursday, getting off to a quick start by scoring all four goals in the first half.

Columbus Crew dominate Real Esteli 4-0 in Champions League opener - Massive Report
Columbus has virtually booked a quarterfinal spot after the first of two legs that saw them score four goals on the road in a blowout win.

Top 7 MLS Golden Boot candidates for 2021 | MLSSoccer.com
The big race for players outside of the team stuff is the Golden Boot. I think there could be a dark horse candidate not mentioned in this bunch that could surprise folks.

Alan Franco: What can Atlanta United fans expect from their long-awaited new center-back? - Dirty South Soccer
It took a lot of back-and-forth negotiating to get the deal done but it finally came through for Atlanta yesterday.

DC United step onto the scales as new era unfolds | US Soccer Players
DC United coach Hernan Losada is pushing his club physically well aware of the conditioning necessary to play his high-press style.

This could be the year Sounders’ investment in youth really pays off - Sounder At Heart
Seattle has had a couple really good Homegrown players over the years but not enough to make you think that they are producing tons of talent like a Dallas, Philly or New York just yet.

LA Galaxy acquire Kévin Cabral as Young Designated Player - LAG Confidential
LA opted to go with a young DP here as they continue building out their roster for this season.

How a European move for Richie Laryea could be the shape of things to come for TFC - Waking The Red
With Laryea continuing his stellar play, the WTR Weekly crew discuss what may be the best move for the 26-year-old fullback.

So, your Major League Soccer team has been accused of tampering - what now?? - Once A Metro
Running of the Red Bulls treads on the toes of FC Cincinnati in Amaya pursuit, but will anything come of it?