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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, June 23, 2021

FC Dallas looks for some midweek magic tonight in LA.

MLS: Minnesota United FC at FC Dallas Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

We’re already at the midway point in this week and with that comes a full slate of MLS games tonight with 24 of the 27 teams in action, including FC Dallas who are at LAFC. A busy night all around.

// FC Dallas //

Scouting Report: Breaking down LAFC - Big D Soccer
LAFC has had some early season struggles as well but FCD is winless on the road at the moment.

SET THE STAGE: FC Dallas vs. Los Angeles FC | 6.23.21 | FC Dallas
Thanks to how 2020 went last year, FC Dallas hasn't played LAFC since May of 2019.

FC Dallas Proud to Host the Inaugural 2021 MLS NEXT Cup Playoffs | FC Dallas
Over the next week or so, there will be a ton of youth soccer in the area to catch up on.

// MLS //

What we learned: Ted Segal presented as new owner of Houston Dynamo FC, Dash | The Striker Texas
The biggest question still remains, will Segal begin pouring money into the club to make them a contender again?

Top young-player performances of MLS Week 8 |
Nice bit of love in this one for Ricardo Pepi as his goal helped make him stand out a bit over the past week.

Orlando City vs. San Jose Earthquakes: Final Score 5-0 as Lions Run Rampant Over Quakes - The Mane Land
Daryl Dike and Benji Michel bagged braces to lead Orlando to its largest shutout victory in the MLS era.

The growing importance of expected goals | US Soccer Players
An explanation of expected goals and what xG is telling us specifically about Major League Soccer at about 20% into the 2021 season.

Timbers will field a team in new MLS League - Stumptown Footy
We now know that Portland will be one of the clubs in the new MLS league. So one down, 20 or so to go.