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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, August 25, 2021

The All-Star Skills Challenge was a lot of fun to watch last night.

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MLS: MLS All-Star Skills Challenge Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Skills Challenge is in the books for the mini All-Star Break for MLS as Ricardo Pepi showed up well for the league in the loss to Liga MX. Tonight we move on to the All-Star Game itself, as we hope to see more from Pepi against some of Liga MX’s best.

// FC Dallas //

Ricardo Pepi Wins the Cross & Volley Challenge for MLS All-Stars | FC Dallas
I don't know about you but the Skills Challenge was a blast to watch last night and Pepi shined in it with a win in one of the sections.

Ricardo Pepi on US-Mexico international choice: "I'm just stuck in the middle" |
Pepi certainly has a lot on his mind these days but you do have to wonder if someone like his teammate Jesus Ferreira is giving him any insights on how to decide between two countries.

// MLS //

Liga MX All-Stars defeat MLS in 2021 All-Star Skills Challenge pres. by AT&T 5G |
No late magic this time around as the MLS All-Stars fell to the Liga MX All-Stars in last night's Skill Challenge.

Lucas Zelarayan: Differences between MLS, Liga MX are fading |
We all know that the window will close on the differences when an MLS team wins CCL.

USMNT roster prediction: Who will travel for World Cup qualifying? – The Athletic
The start of the American mens' journey through World Cup qualifying begins anew in just over a week. Here's who could be involved.

Tajon Buchanan bound for Belgium - The Bent Musket
A huge move for the Revs to be able to sell a young player, something they've had some issues doing in the past (does anyone remember when they held on to Taylor Twellman back in the day?). Big transfer fee and a sell-on percentage.

New mask, re-entry policy announced for Lumen Field doubleheader - Sounder At Heart
So this may just be for the Sunday doubleheader but don't be surprised if Seattle goes this route for the rest of the season.

Timbers, Thorns to require masks at Providence Park beginning Wednesday - Stumptown Footy
I have to hand it to Portland, asking for proof of vaccination (or a negative test result) and having fans in masks is a big move. I wish it were league-wide but that is a pipe dream.

Chicago Fire’s Sept. 29 game vs. NYCFC moved to SeatGeek Stadium - Hot Time In Old Town
A scheduling conflict with the Bears means the Fire will play a regular season game at their old home for the first time in nearly two years.