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Big D Daily: News for Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Tonight we get to see the return of the MLS Skills Challenge.

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

The mini All-Star break is here in MLS as FC Dallas’ lone representative, Ricardo Pepi, is ready to showcase his skills tonight in the Skills Challenge against the Liga MX.

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What we learned in FC Dallas’ 2-2 draw with the Houston Dynamo - Big D Soccer
When you expect a win and get a draw, you certainly feel pretty damn empty. That continues to be the story of this team in 2021.

Ricardo Pepi is ready to smash some targets in the All-Star Skills Challenge | The Striker Texas
I didn't think I would like the All-Star Skills Challenge when they brought it back in 2019 but I am super excited to see it again this year, especially with Pepi involved.

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Rogelio Funes Mori praises MLS’ growth on US return for All-Star: "Being here is a privilege" | MLSSoccer.com
I'm pretty sure Funes Mori is up there with Weston McKennie as the biggest 'what ifs' for FC Dallas.

Rivalry between MLS & Liga MX? All-Star coach Bob Bradley sure thinks so | MLSSoccer.com
I know some folks really want to see the leagues combined in some way down the road but I'd rather keep them separate and as rivals.

Analyzing the Revolution's run to the top of the MLS table – The Athletic
Bruce Arena's side are surprise leaders at the All-Star break. Here's what's behind their success.

MLS expansion to Las Vegas would be interesting - ESPNFC
I keep saying that with Sacramento out of the mix for MLS, that San Diego and Vegas are the two most likely spots for the league to be at with spot 30. But both will still make it because the league will eventually get to 32 teams.

MLS vs Liga MX changes the All-Star Game | US Soccer Players
It's another format shift for the MLS All-Star Game with Major League Soccer playing Liga MX at Banc of California Stadium on Wednesday.

Chicharito out for MLS All-Star Game, Skills Challenge - LAG Confidential
The expected news became official today, as Chicharito has been ruled out of All-Star activities.

LAFC’s Carlos Vela officially out of 2021 MLS All-Star Game - Angels on Parade
After an early match removal against Vancouver, Carlos Vela will remain out for the upcoming MLS All-Star Week.

Columbus Crew officially announces signing of defender Steven Moreira - Massive Report
The Black & Gold have added another fullback option, who had been out of contract since June.