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Big D Daily: News for Tuesday, August 31, 2021

FC Dallas is still feeling good following their Sunday night win.

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MLS: FC Dallas at Austin FC Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports

The end of another month is here as FC Dallas heads into the stretch run of the season here with a new calendar page to turn to tomorrow. But first, let’s dive into some links.

// FC Dallas //

Freddy Vargas Called into National Team Duty for World Cup Qualifiers - Big D Soccer
FCD now has four players out during the September window.

North Texas Two Step – Change, for Better or Worse - Big D Soccer
North Texas SC is no longer extraordinary, but they are getting good results.

Big D After Dark: Play the Damn Kids - Big D Soccer
Our podcast guys met last night to discuss the fun that was had in Austin and what Luchi will do next without some key players.

Pepi (and friends) powers FC Dallas to big win over Austin | The Striker Texas
I do believe one of the more underrated storylines of late is how good Jesus Ferreira has been.

FC Dallas Forward Ricardo Pepi Voted MLS Player of the Week for Week 22 | FC Dallas
Pepi earns the top honors of the week for the second time this season.

Record chaser: Where Ricardo Pepi stands among top-scoring teenagers in MLS history |
We've all been excited to see how Pepi has emerged as a goalscoring threat this season but his numbers are starting to hit record levels.

// MLS //

Houston Dynamo FC part ways with General Manager Matt Jordan | The Striker Texas
You knew it was only a matter of time before the Dynamo owners had to make a change here. The question is, will Tab Ramos be next?

Five moments that shaped MLS Heineken Rivalry Week in 2021 |
MLS kind of split the Rivalry Week into two weeks here with an All-Star Game sandwiched in the middle (which wasn't a bad thing). But there were some good moments from both weeks.

PNW Experience exceeded all reasonable expectations - Sounder At Heart
I think we need more of these types of doubleheaders again between the NWSL and MLS. Obviously, they have to be in the same markets for it to work but it can work.

Defeated & disconnected: Where do TFC go from here? - Waking The Red
I think you shut it down as much as you can and begin putting in stuff for next year.

Carles Gil returns to training - The Bent Musket
The Revs have had some struggles without him but they get the good news that Gil has returned to training this week.

Comparing Tactics: Valentino vs. Pineda - Dirty South Soccer
Apples and oranges, am I right?

Fenerbahçe announce transfer agreement with LAFC for Diego Rossi - Angels on Parade
It was a rumor yesterday afternoon that has quickly turned into being a real thing. Naturally, the Turkish side announced the move first, so now we wait for LAFC and MLS to do the same.

// USMNT //

USMNT Octagonal notebook: Pulisic may rest, rotation expected – The Athletic
Christian Pulisic has joined the full group after his COVID-19-enforced isolation, but he may be rested vs. El Salvador.

No excuses: USMNT can, should and must qualify for 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar |
Can, should, and must. Yeah, that part is all obvious but doing so will still be a challenge for this group.