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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, August 26, 2021

All-Star Games are always more fun when a FC Dallas player shines in them.

MLS: MLS All-Star Game Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The MLS All-Star Game is done and in the books now as we head into the playoff push for everyone when the fall right around the corner (hell, next week is the start of September!). FC Dallas is getting ready to head to Austin this weekend for the first time, and we’ll have plenty of coverage on that but first, some links to discuss.

// FC Dallas //

Ricardo Pepi Scores Game-Winning Penalty in MLS All-Star Game - Big D Soccer
Pepi came off the bench and provided the MLS side a huge spark on the night.

Two FC Dallas players called into World Cup Qualifying duty - Big D Soccer
There is no word yet on if any American players will make WCQ rosters but that will come down at some point today.

FC Dallas Loanees & Affiliates Report: Thomas Roberts debut delayed - Big D Soccer
Both of the FC Dallas loanees are still waiting to make their debuts over in Europe.

Report: FC Dallas dual-national forward Ricardo Pepi set to accept U.S. national team call | The Striker Texas
All the buzz surrounding Pepi continues here as last night during the All-Star Game broadcast, it was discussed that he was going to lean to the US.

The making of an All-Star from El Paso: How Ricardo Pepi rose to stardom | The Striker Texas
The story of Pepi continues to grow and grow here. You love to see it.

// MLS //

Three Takeaways from MLS' dramatic win in the 2021 All-Star Game pres. by Target | MLSSoccer.com
I think you could say that this game was worth the wait after not getting to have it last year.

What the MLS All-Stars beating Liga MX means: "This is proof our league is growing" | MLSSoccer.com
All I will say to this is, now do it on the CCL stage.

Minnesota United's scoring troubles hamper results – The Athletic
Minnesota United have squandered too many points of late, but there have been some bright spots amidst the struggles.

The MLS player development model is working for the league | US Soccer Players
Major League Soccer's push as a prominent player in the international transfer market builds off of academy efforts and buying underpriced talent.

Doubleheaders could be start of something special for Sounders, Reign - Sounder At Heart
I remember when MLS did a bunch of doubleheaders back in the day with the national team or some friendly between two foreign clubs. But this is way better if you ask me. Prop up the NWSL as much as you can.

Columbus Crew remains ‘confident that we can turn this around and make the playoffs’ - Massive Report
The leaders of the Black & Gold haven’t lost faith, despite some social media cries.