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Big D Daily: News for Friday, August 20, 2021

Did you realize that the Texas Derby is tomorrow? Yeah.

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

The second round of the Texas Derby has kind of snuck up on us here, hasn’t it? FC Dallas will head to Houston tomorrow, as they look to rebound after two straight home losses. We’ll be diving into that game here shortly on this space, but first, we have some links to discuss.

// FC Dallas //

East Stand View: $1 Hot Dogs Didn’t Help - Big D Soccer
The cheap beer and hot dogs weren't enough to help fans enjoy Wednesday night's game as FC Dallas looked lost against a superior team.

A huge missed opportunity for FC Dallas: Three thoughts from the loss to the Seattle Sounders | The Striker Texas
It almost feels like we're back to where things were a month ago here with these back-to-back losses.

// MLS //

How NYCFC gained the edge in the battle for New York | MLSSoccer.com
This is a rivalry MLS would want to be talked about more but its been a bit lopsided for a while now. But that should change here with the way things are going this season.

Captain Roldan! Sounders star Cristian to lead MLS All-Stars vs. Liga MX | MLSSoccer.com
I mean, I guess that is cool. I did find it weird that the fans were picking a captain out of four players available.

Jozy Altidore reveals he has undergone surgery on his right leg - Waking The Red
Just when the Reds think they're getting Jozy back, he ends up staying out due to something new.

Philadelphia Union fans at Azteca: A first-person account of Club América away - Brotherly Game
I enjoy a good road trip story as much as the next guy but this one was worth the read as you don't always get tales from trips to Mexico for MLS fans.

MLS transfer analysis: Summer spending is at five-year high – The Athletic
A deep dive into the numbers reveals that MLS teams are spending more on younger players than in the last five Summer transfer windows.

LA's competitive imbalance in the 2021 MLS season | US Soccer Players
Though the LA Galaxy is in 3rd-place while LAFC is just out of the playoff picture, both of the Los Angeles MLS teams have issues.

No element of surprise as Colorado Rapids have LA Galaxy’s number - LAG Confidential
Speaking of the Galaxy, it appears the Rapids have their number these days.

Yes, the Colorado Rapids are getting the credit they deserve - Burgundy Wave
After watching the Rapids against our FCD this season, I can say they're a contender here.

Mansueto, Heitz talk about what the purchase of FC Lugano means for the Chicago Fire - Hot Time In Old Town
It’s clear Mansueto views the two clubs as partners that can help each other win.