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Big D Daily: News for Tuesday, May 4, 2021

The week continues on here as several MLS sides get back into Champions League play.

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Another day down, another one to go here. FC Dallas is back in training here as they get ready to take on their main rivals Houston this weekend in the opening leg of the Texas Derby. We have a couple more posts on Portland to get through before we get into that one but let’s get started with some links.

// FC Dallas //

FC Dallas Loanees & Affiliates Report: David Rodgriguez makes second Liga MX start - Big D Soccer
Despite his team's struggles, David Rodriguez continues to impress in Liga MX.

// MLS //

27 Takeaways: Observations on every team after MLS Week 3 |
The takeaway on FCD is spot on here as we all know too well that if Ricaurte isn't active in the attack, the attack kind of dries up.

Atlanta maintaining hope ahead of "great challenge" vs. Philadelphia |
Yeah, this one won't be easy for Atlanta as they are in one of the worst positions of all the MLS teams in the CCL.

Yeferson Soteldo, Manny Perez and MLS's weird roster rules – The Athletic
Toronto FC and Austin FC experience the oddities of MLS's under-22 initiative and allocation order, respectively.

Three Observations from the Houston Dynamo’s draw with LAFC - Dynamo Theory
Here is an early primer for this weekend's game against Houston as our friends at the Dynamo Theory recap their draw with LAFC.

The Chicago Fire are failing miserably. Where do we go from here? - Hot Time In Old Town
Most pundits knew the Fire would be pretty weak going into this season and now their fans are taking more note of it too.

Columbus Crew announce loan acquisition of Liam Fraser from Toronto FC - Massive Report
You gotta love the intra-MLS loans here between rivals. Such an MLS thing.

Report: Toronto FC sign defender Kemar Lawrence from Belgian side Anderlecht - Waking The Red
The club has reportedly moved to bolster its defensive line by bringing in the 2018 MLS Best XI left-back.

Orlando City Needs Consistent Production from Tesho Akindele - The Mane Land
I feel like we wrote articles like this about Tesho during his Dallas days.