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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, May 27, 2021

The week is quickly coming to an end here as FC Dallas heads to Colorado.

MLS: Real Salt Lake at FC Dallas Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

After a couple of days off, our daily links are back! For those who care or wonder, I’ve been on the road a bit this week as my wife and I traveled to Big Bend National Park for a couple of days to getaway. I highly recommend that trip sometime, even if you can only squeeze in a couple of days as we did. Okay, now on to the links to get back into things here.

// FC Dallas //

FC Dallas Homegrown Justin Che on his Loan to Bayern Munich II and First USMNT Call-Up | FC Dallas
Che's rise from the academy to national team call-up has been really fascinating to watch over the last year or so.

SET THE STAGE: FC Dallas vs. Colorado Rapids | 5.29.21 | FC Dallas
These two sides met at the beginning of the season in a rather rough draw that saw little action in front of the net for both sides.

// MLS //

MLS MVP Power Rankings: Who leads the race after the first six weeks? | MLSSoccer.com
As much as I hate seeing lists like this so early in the year, I don't have too many arguments with the top five.

Ranking the top 5 MLS exports in Europe this season | MLSSoccer.com
There really should be no doubt who topped this list after the season he had in Italy.

Top 5 young-player performances from MLS Week 6 | MLSSoccer.com
It is always good to see an FC Dallas player make this weekly list. The fact that we got two mentioned here is even better to see.

Austin FC's tactical identity under Josh Wolff – The Athletic
The results haven't always been great for the MLS expansion side, but the team's philosophy is already distinctive.

Ex-D.C. United coach Ben Olsen finds peace in his art – The Athletic
So Ben Olsen is taking the George W route in his next phase of life?

Inside Zlatan Ibrahimovic's wild MLS exploits – The Athletic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic achieved a lot during his two seasons with the LA Galaxy, but he never quite got the name of one teammate in particular.

LAFC without and with Carlos Vela | US Soccer Players
LAFC is a different team with Carlos Vela in the lineup, but his return from injury doesn't necessarily mean that they'll meet expectations.

A season of MLS transfers and loans to Europe | US Soccer Players
Major League Soccer player development showed proof of concept with successful transfers and loans to Europe, but so did the old college model.

Columbus Crew can’t rely on Zelarayan’s set piece magic; the rest of the offense must get going - Massive Report
I kind of feel like FCD is in a similar boat with Andres Ricaurte here too, one guy can't do it all.