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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, May 19, 2021

We’re at the midway point in this week as we get ready for RSL.

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The week moves into the midway point here as FC Dallas is training hard to get ready for this weekend’s encounter with RSL, in what will likely be dubbed as a must-win game for Luchi Gonzalez and company. But first, we have some links to discuss.

// FC Dallas //

Luchi Gonzalez on Franco Jara: “Franco is our player.” - Big D Soccer
After the gut-wrenching loss at Minnesota United, FC Dallas Head Coach was asked about Franco Jara’s role with the team and how he fits. Hear Luchi’s response.

ARNOLD: Salary numbers put Jara's struggles in harsher focus for FC Dallas | The Striker Texas
There is a lot of talk about Jara here this week after a few disappointing efforts to begin the new season.

// MLS //

Top 5 young-player performances in Week 5 |
No FC Dallas products on this list this week but it is good seeing a solid mix of players step up across the league.

Why can't Atlanta United create chances? |
If you think FC Dallas' chance creation has been poor this season, Atlanta asks you to hold their beer.

Columbus Crew reveal updated crest following decision to retain Crew name |
I mean, it is better with the Crew name in there, but it is still a weird logo to me.

‘We’re going to be the Columbus Crew forever’; ownership, fans reach much-needed compromise - Massive Report
More on the Crew retaining their name. As bad as it was last week, they handled this situation very well.

What are the Red Bulls going to do without Aaron Long? - Once A Metro
This is going to be quite the blow for the Red Bulls here as Long goes out with a season-ending injury.

Good as Sounders have been, best may be yet to come - Sounder At Heart
Seattle typically is a slow out of the gate team that does well in the summer, but their early season success here in 2021 has folks believing the best is really yet to come.

Six Degrees: Huge Response - Stumptown Footy
Portland's struggles with injuries and a heavy schedule have been documented well this season but their win last week at San Jose may have been a tide-shifting win for them.