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Big D Daily: News for Friday, May 7, 2021

The first leg of the Texas Derby is here as FC Dallas is getting set to host the Houston Dynamo tomorrow afternoon.

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

We’ve made it through another week here as FC Dallas is getting set to take on their rivals, Houston in the first leg of the Texas Derby. We will have plenty of coverage of that game coming up later today and into tomorrow, but first here are some links to discuss.

// FC Dallas //

Scouting Report: A look at the Houston Dynamo - Big D Soccer
Houston has been an interesting team to watch in the opening weeks of the season.

After Copita masterclass, Ricaurte looks to beat Houston when it matters | The Striker Texas
So far, Ricaurte has enjoyed his time against Houston and hopefully, that trend continues tomorrow afternoon.

FC Dallas' Paxton Pomykal: "I'm not a big fan of Houston...the city in general" |
Yeah, we're not huge fans of that city either.

// MLS //

Meet Ethan Zubak — the Galaxy homegrown who helped unlock Chicharito |
Sometimes a player gets help from the most unlikely of sources to help reignite their careers. It may be that Zubak is that unlikely source for Chicharito.

Toronto FC's Yeferson Soteldo: I want to make history like Josef Martinez |
It is always interesting to see how quickly a guy like this can make an impact in MLS.

Four MLS head coaches who could thrive in Europe |
This is certainly an interesting list but the one that has me audibly saying "wait, what?" is Oscar Pareja.

Seattle Sounders new formation leads to hot start in MLS – The Athletic
Without any major signings and with several injuries and absences, the Sounders are nonetheless off to a great start.

LA Galaxy turn attention to defense ahead of El Trafico - LAG Confidential
The numbers aren’t great so far for the Galaxy in their defense, which is why they're still in for a very long season.

Unchartered territory for Philadelphia Union increases need for reinforcements - Brotherly Game
The Union being in the Concacaf Champions League semifinals is as real as the team’s lack of depth.