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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, September 1, 2021

The start of World Cup qualifying is upon us for the United States.

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

A new month is here folks. September begins the final third of the calendar year and the start of an important stretch run in MLS for FC Dallas. We’ll break down the month’s schedule later today but first, we have some links to discuss.

// FC Dallas //

How to Watch FC Dallas Players in World Cup Qualifying | FC Dallas
FCD has four players with call-ups this week for the next set of World Cup qualifiers. Here is a nice sheet on when and where you can watch them.

// MLS //

Top young-player performances in MLS Week 22 |
A very heavy FCD set in this week's to young-players performances report. I'm particularly happy to see some mentions of Schon on here too.

27 Takeaways: One observation on every MLS team after Week 22 |
The comment on FCD stands true, a pair of six-pointers are ahead for them in the coming weeks that will likely determine if they are a playoff team or not.

Sources: Colorado's Cole Bassett rejects move to Benfica in order to finish MLS season |
This is one of those impressive if true kinds of things. Bassett wants to win some hardware with this club before making the jump overseas. That's a big gamble.

Portland Timbers' Eryk Williamson suffers ACL tear, out for 2021 season |
Yeah, this is one that you really hate to see. Williamson is a talented kid that was starting to really make his mark. Hopefully, he can have a full recovery for 2022.

Diego Rossi to Fenerbahçe: Why LAFC sold the Best XI striker – The Athletic
John Thorrington discusses why LAFC sold the reigning MLS Golden Boot winner to Turkey.

Sounders on pace for worst-ever home record - Sounder At Heart
The Sounders are on a four-game winless run and have won just 5 of 12 at Lumen Field this year.

New England Revolution: Hunt for a stadium is “active and ongoing” - The Bent Musket
The annual-ish comments for the Revs and their stadium hunt continue to go.

// USMNT //

USMNT's magic number to qualify for the 2022 World Cup – The Athletic
On a rainy Tuesday in Nashville, the U.S. finally trained in full ahead of a flight to El Salvador to open World Cup qualification.

USMNT's Tyler Adams looks to step up, and calm down (a bit) – The Athletic
The RB Leipzig midfielder is a key cog for the U.S. despite limited appearances. How he evolves this season could be crucial.

Ghost of Couva? New-era USMNT ready for moment of truth in 2022 World Cup Qualifiers |
It may be good that only a handful of players were a part of the fiasco in 2018. The new group of players seems eager to put the past behind us here.