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Big D Daily: News for Tuesday, May 11, 2021

So the Columbus rebrand was a legit thing and it is pretty rough.

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MLS: Houston Dynamo at FC Dallas Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

I’ve long wondered if FC Dallas was just ahead of the curve on some things or just weirdly lucky in some ways. They were one of the first MLS originals to rebrand to a ‘City Name FC’ monicker. They were one of the first MLS originals to build a stadium. After 16 years or so (its early, coffee hasn’t kicked in so apologies if the number of years is off), their logo has stood where others have changed.

I say all that to get started today due to the rebrand that has happened, again, in Columbus. You’ll see what I mean if you haven’t already in some of the links below.

// FC Dallas //

Takeaways from FC Dallas’ draw with the Houston Dynamo - Big D Soccer
It may not be exactly the plan that Luchi Gonzalez wants to go with but it may be time to really unleash the kids.

North Texas SC struggles in recent losses explained - Big D Soccer
We all agreed NTSC is solely about development even at the expense of results, right? No? Oh dear.

FC Dallas' Brandon Servania on his Loan to Austria, a New Position and the Pressures of Relegation | FC Dallas
It sounds like we're going to be seeing Servania sooner rather than later again in Frisco.

Paxton Pomykal continues working toward bigger role for FC Dallas | The Striker Texas
My gut is telling me we're getting close to seeing him in the starting lineup again, maybe as soon as this weekend.

// MLS //

Columbus SC announce updated brand marks |
The timing on this one is just weird. The branding is also weird but I get it in some ways why the ownership in Columbus wanted to forge their own path away from their history. But removing the Crew name is a mistake.

Columbus Crew rebrand: The meeting where fans were told – The Athletic
A few die-hard fans were presented a non-disclosure agreement, then were shown the new name and crest. The backlash was immediate.

The rebrand is a mistake; ‘Columbus SC’ has two options to make things right - Massive Report
The best time to fix this mess is as soon as possible just like two others did before them.

27 Takeaways: One observation on every MLS team after Week 4 |
I do enjoy these takeaways each week and the FCD one feels positive but it is still hard to remain positive after that draw with Houston.

Sources: Philadelphia Union sign Hungary international Daniel Gazdag |
It feels like FCD started a trend of MLS teams looking at Hungarian players.

MLS week 4 review: Chicharito scores, Sounders-Timbers chaos – The Athletic
In a weekend jam-packed with exciting games, emotional goals told the tale of the story in many of the games.

LAFC loss to Galaxy means we’ve let our fans down, says Bob Bradley - Angels on Parade
Games you should win that you don't always feel like a massive letdown.

Notebook: MNUFC is 0 and Four after 4 weeks - E Pluribus Loonum
Minnesota United has not had a good 2021 so far. And FCD gets them this weekend, which makes me think their record is about to change.

Subaru Park opening to near full capacity on June 23 - Brotherly Game
The Union will have the full complement of seats available for masked fans against Columbus.