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Big D Daily: News for Monday, September 20, 2021

Well, the season is pretty much in the books now isn’t it?

MLS: FC Dallas at Houston Dynamo Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

I would say that this weekend certainly did not go as planned for FC Dallas and by the end of it, it was definitely not what we expected. We’ll hear more about the coaching change later today from the club but first, we have some links to dive into from a busy weekend across MLS.

// FC Dallas //

FC Dallas announces departure of head coach Luchi Gonzalez - Big D Soccer
Marco Ferruzzi will take over on an interim basis. For now, we can only hope the final eight games of the season enjoy a little more energy and passion out of the team.

FC Dallas loses 3-2 to the Houston Dynamo - Big D Soccer
El Capitan is returning to Houston thanks to the poor showing by the team.

Three thoughts from FC Dallas' 3-2 loss to Houston, in which fears FCD isn't a playoff team were confirmed | The Striker Texas
There was a lot to take in with the loss in Houston over the weekend. But I do think the lack of leadership that we've seen in recent weeks is pretty key to what is going on with this team.

Leonel Álvarez sueña con dirigir en la MLS: ‘Hay un sentido de pertenencia con Dallas’ | Dallas News
This one is in Spanish but definitely some food for thought as we head into a coaching search.

// MLS //

The King of Minnesota, Luchi gone & more from MLS Week 26 |
I think the comments on FCD in this one are pretty spot on. Canning Luchi was probably the right thing to do but whoever comes in next has to be a bit warned about how things have been.

Saturday Takeaways: What we learned from Week 26's action |
Eloy Room's heroics earned the Crew an unlikely point, while the Galaxy’s defensive frailties have them looking over their shoulders.

The Philadelphia Union model is working | US Soccer Players
The Philadelphia Union exited the Champions League and is in a tight playoff race in the Eastern Conference, but their bigger project is working.

Real Salt Lake vs. Sounders, recap: Rio Tinto remains house of horrors - Sounder At Heart
Some places are just tough to win in for even the best teams in MLS and right now Seattle has an 11-game winless streak in Utah.

Asprilla, Fochive notch in Timbers’ 2-1 victory over LAFC - Stumptown Footy
The Timbers defeated LAFC 2-1 and now sit in fifth place in the Western Conference with 37 points, only one point behind the LA Galaxy in fourth.

Wonderwalled: Minnesota United 3, LA Galaxy 0 - LAG Confidential
The Galaxy were held scoreless on the road, extended their winless stretch to six.

Columbus Crew earn improbable road tie in New England - Massive Report
This was probably one of the more entertaining 1-1 draws that I've seen this season.

Report: Sebastian Giovinco, Toronto FC agree ‘in principle’ to bring striker back to the club - Waking The Red
It does seem like this has some potential here for TFC as Giovinco was seen in the stands recently at a game with Jozy Altidore.

Four thoughts on Atlanta United’s thrilling 3-2 win over D.C. United - Dirty South Soccer
I think FCD needs to take a look at what Atlanta has done with their season turnaround and coaching change here as we look to the next chapter of this club.