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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, September 16, 2021

The slew of midweek MLS games are in the books as we head into another busy weekend.

MLS: FC Dallas at New York City FC Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

As weird as a Tuesday night game in New Jersey is, I will take it over a Wednesday night game in LA. Just a personal preference really. Now we move towards the weekend with another rivalry game for FC Dallas against Houston. That should be fun.

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FC Dallas’ Match against Houston Dynamo FC on Sept. 18 Moved to 8:30PM CDT | FC Dallas
Saturday's game in Houston was supposed to be at 9pm but now we get a half-hour back on our calendars. Still, grab some extra coffee.

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Club América take the second leg 2-0, advance to CCL final - Brotherly Game
Union lose in the semifinal 4-0 on aggregate as this was just never really in the cards for them or MLS for that matter.

Wednesday Takeaways: What we learned from Week 25's action | MLSSoccer.com
Gonzalo Pineda continued to stamp his authority on Atlanta United as they made light work of FC Cincinnati. Elsewhere, Chofis and Ola Kamara both fired hat tricks while LAFC recorded a third straight win as Minnesota United slumped to a second straight defeat.

Inter Miami CF announce XBTO as first-ever jersey sponsor | MLSSoccer.com
It is kind of wild to me that it has taken this long for Miami to find a kit sponsor but here it is.

Dark horses in the East and West | US Soccer Players
Nashville SC and Colorado are putting together surprise seasons in Major League Soccer but it's a league full of dark horses and contenders.

Sounders will face Léon in Leagues Cup final - Sounder At Heart
This should be an intriguing Cup final for the Sounders as Leon has proven to be one of the top Liga MX sides this year.

Ten-man Timbers battle back to draw Rapids 2-2 at home - Stumptown Footy
A red card in the first half made this interesting but Portland managed to hold on to a point despite playing down for over half of the game.

Fading fast: LA Galaxy 1, Houston Dynamo 1 - LAG Confidential
Houston managed to use their first win in a couple of months to help propel them to a draw out in LA last night.

Moose-terful performance : Austin FC 1, LAFC 2 - Angels on Parade
LAFC is starting to figure some things out again at the right time here with another road win.

Ola Kamara hat trick leads D.C. United to 3-0 win over Chicago Fire - Black And Red United
Kamara took over the MLS Golden Boot lead thanks to a trio of first-half goals as United moved up to 5th place in the East.

Toronto FC are on pace for their worst season in franchise history - Waking The Red
Again I will say, it could be much worse. Toronto is proof of that this year being one of the highest spenders with the worst results.

Atlanta United sweeps away FC Cincinnati in 4-0 win - Dirty South Soccer
I mean, Cincy is pretty terrible but Atlanta made sure to not given them an inch in this one. That is kind of what you would expect out of them.