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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, August 18, 2021

The midweek clash with the Sounders is here!

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

We’re powering through this week here as FC Dallas is ready to take on the Seattle Sounders tonight in Frisco. We’ll have plenty of game coverage on that one but first, let’s dive into some links.

// FC Dallas //

Healthy FC Dallas defense good for Luchi Gonzalez, necessary to stop Seattle Sounders | The Striker Texas
Now the question comes down to who Luchi starts tonight in the center of his defense. I'd stick with what worked recently with Bressan and Tafari.

// MLS //

'We launched a brand, not a team': Inside Inter Miami's disastrous start in MLS – The Athletic
David Beckham's MLS team has faced problems at nearly every turn and now must overcome one of the stiffest punishments in league history.

Rapids keep on rolling and beat LA Galaxy 2-1 in Carson - Burgundy Wave
The Burgundy Boys have found ways to pick up points in eight of their last nine matches.

Recap: San Jose Earthquakes 1, Minnesota United 1 | MLSSoccer.com
The 10-man San Jose Earthquakes managed to hold on for a 1-1 draw against Minnesota United in a battle between two Western Conference playoff hopefuls at PayPal Park Tuesday evening.

Toronto and Austin at the bottom of the tables | US Soccer Players
Given how MLS designs its schedule, it can be difficult to draw conclusions even for clubs at the bottom of the Eastern and Western conferences.

Finding fault in RSL’s conceded goals in the last 10 games - RSL Soapbox
RSL may have picked up a nice win over the weekend against a struggling Austin team, but their defense has been leaky as of late.

One Big Tree: A feature, not a bug - Stumptown Footy
Portland fans are beginning to wonder if their club is running out of time here this season.

Timbers & Thorns to require proof of vaccination at Providence Park - Stumptown Footy
Starting on August 25, fans entering the stadium will need to provide proof of full vaccination status.

MLSE announces new health and safety protocols to attend matches - Waking The Red
Just like in Portland, you're going to soon need that proof of vaccination or a test to come to a game.