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Big D Daily: News for Friday, August 27, 2021

Time to turn our attention to this weekend’s game in Austin.

MLS: Seattle Sounders FC at FC Dallas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

It has been quite the week around here with all of the Ricardo Pepi news for FC Dallas. Now we have hit the weekend and with that is a big road trip to Austin for the first time.

// FC Dallas //

FC Dallas Homegrown forward Ricardo Pepi earns his first USMNT call-up - Big D Soccer
Hopefully, this is the start of many call-ups for Ricardo Pepi.

Why Ricardo Pepi Accepted the USMNT Call-Up | FC Dallas
Hearing what Pepi had to say on this decision shows what kind of class this kid has. You really do love to see it.

Gregg Berhalter describes how the USMNT secured Ricardo Pepi | MLSSoccer.com
Ricardo Pepi had a decision to make. A decision that is deeply personal and complicated, though very public and very much anticipated on both sides of the United States-Mexico border.

// MLS //

MLS-Liga MX showdown could be the start of something special | The Striker Texas
Wednesday's game certainly had a little more heat to it than past All-Star games.

How we would further refine the MLS All-Star extravaganza – The Athletic
Involving the Liga MX all-stars was a big step in the right direction for MLS, but more can still be done to perfect the mid-season fun.

Léo Chú could join Sounders as soon as this week - Sounder At Heart
Brazilian attacker’s debut likely won’t come until next month for the Sounders.

The Chicago Fire made a run at signing Orbelin Pineda - Hot Time In Old Town
This could have been a big boost for the Fire but it appears it wasn't meant to be.

Columbus Crew’s Kevin Molino tears ACL, will miss remainder of 2021 season - Massive Report
Man, you really feel for Molino with his injury situation. He is starting to go down the path of Ike Opara for me in that he is never fully healthy.

Pineda: Santiago Sosa out with “long range” injury - Dirty South Soccer
Pineda hasn't coached in his first game with Atlanta but he is already dealing with international call-ups and now an injury to one of their more reliable players.

“Much more united on and off the pitch”: Inter Miami on upswing ahead of Orlando derby clash | MLSSoccer.com
Miami’s recent upswing has been pretty noted here as of late, which should make this game with Orlando one of the better ones this weekend.

// USMNT //

Biggest takeaways from the USMNT World Cup qualifying roster | MLSSoccer.com
The start of an important run to the World Cup begins with this roster. It will be grueling at times, so hopefully, we see what we saw this past summer.