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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, May 6, 2021

The Texas Derby is right around the corner as FC Dallas looks to get a head start on retaining their in-state dominance.

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MLS: Portland Timbers at FC Dallas Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The week is quickly approaching the weekend again here as FC Dallas is getting set to host their rivals Houston for the first time this year. We’ll dive into the Dynamo later today but first, let’s get into some links.

// FC Dallas //

Former FC Dallas Players Kenny Cooper, Peter Luccin and Michel Garbini Remember the Texas Derby | FC Dallas
These guys know what the rivalry is all about, probably more so than most. I still remember Cooper's goal against the Dynamo that won it for FCD.

// MLS //

Club America defeats Timbers 3-1; knock Portland out of Concacaf - Stumptown Footy
The Timbers had their chances in the second half, but ultimately fell 3-1 to Club America at Estadio Azteca.

Columbus Crew out of Champions League after 3-0 loss to CF Monterrey - Massive Report
Columbus never looked to be in this one as they fell hard in Mexico and out of the CCL.

Midweek Analyst: El Trafico's biggest burden, Young Player of the Week & how the 442 works |
There are some interesting thoughts about the LA rivalry in this one and how this could be the year it turns around.

Which early season surprise team is for real? |
So far I would say that San Jose has the best chance to be the 'real deal' out of this group. But I also wouldn't sleep on Montreal either, they're sneaky.

Fact checking the concerns around winless Minnesota United – The Athletic
From Emanuel Reynoso's effectiveness to the age of the roster, what is actually behind Minnesota United's surprising start to 2021?

No need to panic three weeks into the MLS season | US Soccer Players
For defending champions Columbus and struggling clubs Minnesota United and FC Cincinnati, continuing to move forward beats panicking right now.

Is el Trafico turning into el Superclasico? | US Soccer Players
LAFC has an opportunity and the Galaxy plays to avoid additional problems in the first el Trafico of the 2021 Major League Soccer season.

Report: Jonathan Menéndez set to join Real Salt Lake for $1.3m - RSL Soapbox
This could be a pretty good get for RSL, a team that has done well out of the gate so far.

Two thoughts on Atlanta United bowing out of CCL at hands of Philadelphia Union - Dirty South Soccer
Atlanta just didn't have the right parts to advance in the CCL, that or it was too early for those parts to be ready for it.