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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, August 12, 2021

We’re getting closer and closer to the weekend here.

MLS: Austin FC at FC Dallas Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The week is quickly approach the weekend again here as FC Dallas is getting ready to host Sporting Kansas City on Saturday evening. Before we begin to break down that game, we do have some links to discuss this morning.

// FC Dallas //

FC Dallas fixture Ryan Hollingshead pleased to move into fourth on all-time appearances list | The Striker Texas
Hollingshead has been a mainstay with the club for some time now. It is kind of crazy that when he was drafted he took a year off and then came back and has been here ever since.

SET THE STAGE: FC Dallas vs. Sporting KC | 8.14.21 | FC Dallas
This is a rematch from a couple of weeks ago when FCD picked up a win in Kansas City. That one was fun then, I'm sure this one will be even better.

// MLS //

NYCFC take comfort despite Leagues Cup exit to Pumas: "There was one team on the pitch" |
There was a long weather delay in this one and after all that, it went to penalties. Plus, NYCFC had a couple of goals called back due to VAR.

Midseason awards: Who could take home MLS honors in 2021? |
Midseason award predictions are always sure to go wrong but I do like seeing the Young Player of the Year go to Pepi here in this piece.

2021 Secondary Transfer Window grades for all 27 MLS clubs |
FCD's one summer move technically came before the secondary window opened, so the only moves they really had this time around were loans out and the Tanner Tessmann sale.

The 11 most underrated players of the 2021 MLS season (so far) |
You know Ryan Hollingshead is going to be on this list, but good shouts for Michael Barrios too, who is having a stellar season in Colorado.

Philadelphia seek CCL statement at Club America: “This is what dreams are made out of” |
Philly is the lone MLS team left in the CCL and if they can pull off a big upset in Mexico City tonight, it could go down as one of the biggest in league history.

Concacaf Champions League semifinal an opportunity for Union fans to connect with Club América fanbase - Brotherly Game
Club América has had fans in Philadelphia longer than the Union has been a team; their first meeting in the two-leg semifinal can be a chance to build mutual appreciation.

One club players are a rarity for a reason | US Soccer Players
Lionel Messi's exit from Barcelona highlights the ideal of the one-club player, a rarity in any league but especially Major League Soccer. Kind of surprised there was no mention of how long Hollingshead and Matt Hedges have been with FCD for a piece like this.

Leagues Cup has its problems but that was fun - Sounder At Heart
One MLS side has enjoyed the Leagues Cup so far this year, everyone else probably hates it.

The Cascadia Cup will have a 2021 Champion - Stumptown Footy
After a pandemic-induced 2020 hiatus, the Cascadia Cup is back and will be awarded in 2021.

LA Galaxy back in championship contention, but are they lucky or good? - LAG Confidential
Given the way they play at times, I'd say they're a bit lucky to be in the position that they're in.

Columbus Crew searches for lineup continuity amidst slump to get back to winning ways - Massive Report
The Black & Gold have been forced to experiment and rotate lineups more often than not.

Reports: Gonzalo Pineda set to become Atlanta United manager - Dirty South Soccer
I do like this potential hire for Atlanta, staying with someone who is from within MLS for a change could be good for them in the long run.