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Big D Daily: News for Friday, May 14, 2021

FC Dallas heads north to Minnesota tomorrow for an important road game.

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The weekend is finally arriving here as FC Dallas has one more training session today before they head up to Minnesota to battle the Loons tomorrow evening. We’ll dive into that game more today and tomorrow but first, we have some links to get to.

// FC Dallas //

Franco Jara leads the way in 2021 FC Dallas player salaries - Big D Soccer
As we all expected (or feared), Franco Jara is making bank with FC Dallas. But there are a couple of other surprises along the way too.

Schön hoping to make time with FC Dallas count before living out Euro dreams with Hungary | The Striker Texas
My gut tells me he may actually get the start this weekend over Freddy Vargas.

// MLS //

MLS player salaries 2021: Top earners, best and worst values – The Athletic
Carlos Vela and Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez lead the list of MLS's top earners according to the MLSPA's annual salary release.

2021 MLS Budget XI: The best bargains at each position – The Athletic
You can tell which teams have been pretty smart with how they spend on players, and in some cases where some players need better agents.

Edison Flores’s first MLS goal leads D.C. United to 1-0 win over Chicago Fire - Black And Red United
It a battle of two pretty crappy teams, DCU came away with a much-needed win last night.

Winning or not, FC Cincinnati supporters will bring special atmosphere to TQL Stadium |
This stadium still looks amazing to me the more I look at it. Hopefully, it is something that can spark Cincy and turn them into a club worth watching again.

FC Cincinnati opens a stadium with issues on the field | US Soccer Players
FC Cincinnati will open its new stadium on FOX this weekend with the spotlight on a club that has had issues adjusting to Major League Soccer.

How Landon Donovan helped RSL's Rubio Rubin get his groove back |
Rubin has one of those stories that is kind of too wild to believe. But good on him for sticking with things and getting to a place where he is making a difference.

Darren Eales responds to “tabloid” article critical of Carlos Bocanegra - Dirty South Soccer
The Atlanta United President was not happy at a recent article that was released showcasing some of the issues within the club.

Alex Roldan perfectly embodies Sounders’ team spirit - Sounder At Heart
Ryan Hollingshead knows a thing or two about stepping into goal and then becoming a club's new hero.

Timbers goalkeeper Jeff Attinella out for the season - Stumptown Footy
The Timbers officially announced today that Jeff Attinella is out for the rest of the year with a ruptured right femoris tendon.

Araujo says he ‘needed that LAFC game’ to shake off early-season blues - LAG Confidential
Rivalry games do tend to bring the best out in some players.