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Big D Daily: News for Friday, September 17, 2021

The week is nearly in the books as FC Dallas remains on the road again this weekend.

MLS: FC Dallas at Austin FC Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

This week has kind of flown by here even though it has been kind of quiet on this space (sorry about that, the day job has been keeping me very busy). We turn to the weekend here as FC Dallas heads back down to Houston for the final leg of the Texas Derby. We’ll have coverage of that game tomorrow night, but first, some links to dive into.

// FC Dallas //

FC Dallas Academy Midfielder Anthony Ramirez Competes with Mexico U-18 Team | FC Dallas
It has been a while since FCD had an Academy player get a call-up with Mexico on any youth level, so this one is certainly one to watch.

// MLS //

MLS 2021 awards: One candidate for every MLS team |
If you think there is going to be an award candidate on FCD other than Pepi, then you will be sorely mistaken.

Eight biggest Eastern Conference games that'll define the Audi 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs race |
The final few weeks of the regular season are going to be very interesting in the Eastern Conference.

Enjoying Leagues Cup is easy once you give yourself permission - Sounder At Heart
It does still feel a bit like how New England fans treated SuperLiga a few years back but I'm not upset by Seattle fans getting more into the Leagues Cup here. I'd probably be some what into it if FCD were apart of it.

Continuity Failed. Now the Chicago Fire need to do something different for 2022. - Hot Time In Old Town
Fire fans feel that the playoffs are completely out of reach at this point in their season.

Columbus Crew showed fight, belief that made the team MLS Cup champions in Red Bull win - Massive Report
If Columbus wants to defend their title, they're going to need to show this level of fight for the rest of the season.

Justin Morrow to retire at the end of the 2021 season - Waking The Red
A Toronto FC legend has announced he will be hanging up his boots at the end of the season.