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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, July 28, 2021

FC Dallas dives into their bank account to lock up Pepi with a nice new deal.

MLS: LA Galaxy at FC Dallas Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The midway point of this week is here and for once this month it doesn’t include a game on it for FC Dallas. That is a good thing if you ask me, we need a bit of a midweek break.

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FC Dallas Homegrown Ricardo Pepi Signs New Contract - Big D Soccer
FC Dallas does what they do best here with their young talent, by protecting their investment and locking them into a long-term deal.

Five of Ricardo Pepi's best moments with FC Dallas as he signs for five more years | The Striker Texas
Naturally, most of the highlights are from this season but there are a couple from previous years, including that professional debut hat trick he had with North Texas SC.

How rising star Ricardo Pepi compares to other USMNT strikers in MLS | MLSSoccer.com
This is a really solid breakdown of what Pepi does on the field and how he stacks up in the USMNT discussions.

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Patrick Mahomes joins Sporting KC ownership group - The Blue Testament
Owners don’t get much bigger than the face of the NFL as Mahomes adds another local team to his growing ownership portfolio. Just think if the Hunts were ever able (or willing for that matter) to add Dirk to their ownership group.

Sources: Portland Timbers sign forward Santiago Moreno to U-22 Initiative deal | MLSSoccer.com
Portland has been in need of a boost up top this season due to injuries, call-ups, and schedule congestion.

Rapids acquire midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye in million-dollar trade with LAFC - Burgundy Wave
Colorado continues to build their roster with smart moves from within MLS like this. Their midfield is pretty damn deep at the moment too.

LAFC trade midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye to Colorado Rapids - Angels on Parade
Kaye may have been a fan scapegoat but he did contribute a good deal on and off the field for LAFC.

Details on LAFC, Rapids’ $1 million deal for Mark-Anthony Kaye – The Athletic
The midfielder fits with Colorado’s broader plans and LAFC gets a good return on a low-cost acquisition.

How the San Jose Earthquakes are approaching their chief soccer officer search | MLSSoccer.com
Finding someone with 'deep MLS experience' isn't always the easiest thing to do these days in a league that is growing.

Top young-player performances for MLS Weeks 14 and 15 | MLSSoccer.com
You can bet that this week's highlights for this article include a lot of FCD love.

Emotional roller-coaster of a week ends with deflating loss - Sounder At Heart
Given the long list of injuries for the Sounders, they're finally looking like a team that is running on fumes.

Columbus Crew’s change in formation vs. Atlanta United worked, showed Black & Gold’s versatility - Massive Report
Caleb Porter took a risk changing the team’s shape, and it worked.