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Big D Daily: News for Friday, August 13, 2021

MLS had a pair of teams lose last night to Liga MX sides.

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

The weekend is finally here as FC Dallas is getting set to host Sporting Kansas City in a rematch of a pretty hotly contested match from a couple of weeks ago. We’ll get to our scouting preview of that match later this morning, but first, we have some links to discuss.

// FC Dallas //

FC Dallas Homegrown Ricardo Pepi Among Stars Named for 2021 MLS All-Star Skills Challenge presented by AT&T 5G on Aug. 24 in Los Angeles | FC Dallas
Pepi has skills, that we know. Now we’ll see them on the national stage against some of the best from Liga MX.

// MLS //

Deflection, PK stake Club América to 2-0 lead over the Union after first leg of CCL semifinal - Brotherly Game
Richard Sánchez and Emanuel Aguilera scored for the hosts as Philly hopes their return leg in September will be better.

Philadelphia Union lament fine margins after CCL loss to America: "The little things went against us" | MLSSoccer.com
We all know that winning in Mexico is never easy for an MLS team to do. Philly had some moments but in the end, couldn't do enough to at least get one goal in this one.

Orlando City rue missed early chances in Leagues Cup exit | MLSSoccer.com
I know some of us here in Dallas were actually pulling for Orlando in this one but just like in other Leagues Cup games for MLS teams, they came up short.

Orlando City vs. Santos Laguna, Leagues Cup: Final Score 1-0 as Toothless Lions Knocked Out of the Tournament - The Mane Land
A sloppy performance against a good Santos side results in Orlando City’s quick exit from the Leagues Cup.

Ranking all 27 MLS teams by tier for 2021 – revisited | MLSSoccer.com
You know, I have no issue with where FC Dallas is placed in this one. No issue at all.

Why Atlanta United believe Gonzalo Pineda is right for now and the future | MLSSoccer.com
I think teams like Atlanta will know to understand how important it is to get an MLS guy as their head coach instead of constantly trying the foreign coach thing.

Gonzalo Pineda joins Atlanta United, Djimi Traore leaves for Europe - Sounder At Heart
As expected, Gonzalo Pineda joins Atlanta United, but Djimi Traore leaving for an unnamed club in Europe was a bit of a surprise.

The Columbus Crew remains calm, preaches patience despite recent struggles - Massive Report
Even after three tough losses, nothing changes within the Black & Gold’s locker room.

// USL //

Sources: Austin Bold FC to relocate to Fort Worth after this season | The Striker Texas
Some may say this could compete with North Texas SC but seeing how it is a different league, this is honestly a great move. A lot of us have long thought Fort Worth could handle their own USL team.