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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, September 2, 2021

The march to a World Cup next winter begins tonight in El Salvador.

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Putting the horrors of 2018 behind us begins tonight for the United States as they start their march towards a World Cup next year in Qatar. I know the bigger question for FC Dallas fans will be whether or not we see Ricardo Pepi earn any minutes over the next few days for the USMNT.

// FC Dallas //

September Outlook: Can FC Dallas survive another road-heavy month? - Big D Soccer
Another six-game month that sees FC Dallas on the road a bunch could determine whether or not this is a playoff team in 2021.

// MLS //

What Diego Rossi's loan to Fenerbahce says about LAFC's present and future | MLSSoccer.com
It is kind of wild that it has taken this long for LAFC to make a move on Rossi. I know the pandemic threw a giant wrench in the mix but still.

It hurts to lose Diego Rossi, but it is also time for him to move on - Angels on Parade
Losing a player like Rossi is never an easy thing for any club but sometimes you have to move on and we've seen that here in Dallas with guys over the years.

The issues for Major League Soccer's Texas trio | US Soccer Players
FC Dallas, the Houston Dynamo, and Austin FC all have specific reasons for being out of the playoff spots in the Western Conference.

Sounders add Freddy Juarez to coaching staff, officially - Sounder At Heart
The move was reported recently. It is still wild to me that Atlanta helped pave the way for this to happen with their hiring of Gonzalo Pineda.

Houston Dynamo FC owner Ted Segal speaks on GM search, Tab Ramos contract and club greats | The Striker Texas
Something tells me that we're going to see another full-on rebuild out of the Dynamo this offseason.

Across the Pond: RSL having an identity crisis - RSL Soapbox
How does a club with no owner and no manager work out who it is? That is what RSL is dealing with at the moment.

Columbus Crew trio getting closer to return from injuries - Massive Report
Columbus' injury issues appear to be improving here, though some players have been out so long that getting back to 100% may be a bit too late for them.

// USMNT //

What to expect from the USMNT vs. El Salvador & beyond in World Cup qualifiers | MLSSoccer.com
And so it begins tonight for the US in El Salvador. More games this time around to get it right but also more travel. Time to really rest that depth.

"Nine-point week, bottom line": USMNT set high standard for opening World Cup Qualifiers | MLSSoccer.com
A nine-point start to this campaign would be amazing and impressive given the two road games.

ASN article: After a career resurgence in 2021, Acosta expresses USMNT confidence ahead of El Salvador qualifier
Of all the former FC Dallas players in MLS right now, I am happy to see Kellyn being back to his old self and looking like the guy we all expected him to turn into as a national team leader.