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Big D Daily: News for Monday, August 23, 2021

Another draw against Houston doesn’t lift our spirits enough.

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MLS: FC Dallas at Houston Dynamo Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

It wasn’t another loss, that is something we probably should keep telling ourselves as FC Dallas returns home from Houston to rest a bit this week before heading back down south to Austin on Sunday. We’ll dive into more thoughts on the draw with the Dynamo later, but first, some links.

// FC Dallas //

All level - FC Dallas draws the Houston Dynamo 2-2 - Big D Soccer
Ricardo Pepi scored his team-leading ninth goal of the season while the defense suffered through some injuries again.

Tafari stands tall: Three thoughts from FC Dallas' Texas Derby draw with the Houston Dynamo | The Striker Texas
It has been a rough stretch for the club here as of late (we've said that a couple of times this season). But now a mid-week All-Star break before the team's first trip to Austin could be a nice change of pace.

// MLS //

Saturday Takeaways: What we learned from Week 21's action |
The Seattle Sounders capped off a great week with a dramatic win in Ohio, Inter Miami’s recent good run continued, while three Western Conference teams – LAFC, Portland, and Houston – continue to struggle.

Top 10 players who appeared in both MLS and Liga MX |
We're going to see a lot of MLS/Liga MX stuff over the next several days.

Report: Sebastian Giovinco linked with MLS return to Columbus Crew |
Columbus is in need of some sort of boost but this one would be wild in my book. I'm not sure if Giovinco fits the Crew as they already have Lucas Zelarayan.

Inside the Colorado Rapids' roster-building strategy – The Athletic
Without the financial resources of most teams, the Rapids have been a 2021 success story on the back of solid coaching and savvy trades.

Columbus Crew look to snap five-game losing streak – The Athletic
What's going on in Columbus? The defending MLS Cup champions have lost five straight and are outside the playoff spots.

Five things we liked about Sounders’ capping a 9-point week in Columbus - Sounder At Heart
If fans had any worry about the Sounders, it was likely dashed away with a nine-point week on the road.

This is the worst: Vancouver Whitecaps 2, LAFC 1 - Angels on Parade
LAFC extend the winless streak to seven after the latest loss on the road.

Toronto FC winless in 6 after falling to Rodolfo Pizarro and Inter Miami - Waking The Red
Another game full of defensive mistakes ensured that TFC remains at the bottom of the table, and even further from a playoff spot.

Thank you, Rob Valentino - Dirty South Soccer
Atlanta's interim miracle worker did well to boost the Five Stripes back into the playoff discussion.

Austin 3, Portland 1: Three takeaways from an Alex Ring masterpiece | The Striker Texas
On one hand, Portland is done. Stick a fork in them. On the other, Austin finally looked like the team at home that they want to be.