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Big D Daily: News for Monday, August 16, 2021

So much for that good feeling to start a week, huh?

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MLS: Sporting Kansas City at FC Dallas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

That great feeling we’ve had lately when we start a new week has disappeared here following FC Dallas’ loss on Saturday to Sporting Kansas City. We’ll dwell on that game a little bit more before we move on to Wednesday’s game with Seattle.

// FC Dallas //

FC Dallas ends unbeaten run with a 2-0 loss to Sporting Kansas City - Big D Soccer
The unbeaten runs for FC Dallas are back to zero here as they fell on Saturday night to a good SKC squad.

Closer than it looked: Three thoughts from FC Dallas' first home loss of the season | The Striker Texas
There were still a lot of things in FCD's favor to win on Saturday night but luck was not one of them.

USA or Mexico? Ricardo Pepi Speaks about his International Future | FC Dallas
This one is from last week that I missed but it is still worth talking about. Pepi apparently has a big decision to make on his hands and we'll probably know soon enough where he goes.

// MLS //

Saturday takeaways: What we learned from Week 19's action |
Saturday's action in MLS was pretty tame compared to Sunday's but there was still plenty to take away from it including how Colorado and NYCFC continue to impress.

The King is back: Josef Martinez celebrates "special" long-awaited Atlanta home goal |
Josef's long journey back to being himself seems to finally be complete here as he gets a goal at home.

Sounders vs Timbers, recap: The true and rightful kings - Sounder At Heart
There are boxscores in MLS that you can easily overlook and then there are those like this one. A dominant 6-2 win for the Sounders makes your eyes bug out a bit. Man.

D.C. United undone by Nashville SC in 5-2 road loss - Black And Red United
CJ Sapong and Alex Muyl both had braces as United’s unbeaten run came to a shuddering halt.

The MLS coaches and executives who could be out of contract in the offseason – The Athletic
A number of clubs around MLS have key decision-makers facing a contract crossroads this coming offseason including one that we'll all be watching to see what happens.

Chicago Fire defeat Columbus 1-0, creeping closer to the MLS playoff picture - Hot Time In Old Town
Chicago continues to be one of those clubs that surprise you from time to time.

Gustavo Bou’s late penalty inflicts Toronto FC’s first defeat at BMO Field in 2021 - Waking The Red
The Reds are now winless in four MLS games. Not a great look for them.