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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, September 22, 2021

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The new Leagues Cup for 2023 is a bold new venture for MLS and Liga MX.

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

I must say, this week has gone from weird to wild in a sense. First, we had a coaching firing here in Dallas, then we get the news of this wildly expanded version of the Leagues Cup in a couple of years.

// FC Dallas //

Three FC Dallas players react to coaching change - Big D Soccer
Everyone appears ready to take on the new challenge and face Vancouver this weekend.

Who will replace Luchi Gonzalez? Five candidates who could become FC Dallas' next head coach | The Striker Texas
If things go well here in the final eight games, you can bet that it will be Marco Ferruzzi as the next manager. But outside of him taking over, it is anyone's guess right now as to who would be on the list.

FC Dallas President Dan Hunt says remaining playoff hopes motivated Gonzalez firing | The Striker Texas
Normally I am very optimistic about things in life but Hunt is taking that to a new level here.

MLS Notebook: What's next for FC Dallas; NYCFC's 14-year-old – The Athletic
This one has a lot to unpack in it on the situation in Dallas. If you don't have a subscription here, at least get a trial and read this piece.

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What the reimagined Leagues Cup, expanded Champions League means for MLS | MLSSoccer.com
Between the shutdown for a month and the chances to get into the CCL round of 16, this tournament could mean a lot to MLS teams if they take the chance.

"Rocket fuel": New Leagues Cup, expanded CCL to ignite region ahead of 2026 World Cup | MLSSoccer.com
In a way, this is a smart and creative way to get these two leagues on the same page. I don't think this is the step that leads to a full merger, but I do think it is a wise step to help get MLS on the same playing level as Liga MX.

Five big takeaways from historic CCL and Leagues Cup announcements | MLSSoccer.com
A bigger CCL means that we'll see more MLS teams get a chance at winning it.

MLS, Liga MX revamping Leagues Cup - What we like, what we don't like about World Cup-style format | ESPNFC
Will an expanded, World Cup-style Leagues Cup be a good thing for MLS and Liga MX? Time will certainly tell.

The Chicago Fire's Soldier Field story continues | US Soccer Players
The Chicago Fire is struggling at the gate this season with the club revamping around a return to Soldier Field but running into old issues.

Jordan Morris could return to full training soon - Sounder At Heart
I will say that is great to see Morris getting healthy enough to return to training.

It appears the LA Galaxy have finally hit a wall in 2021 - LAG Confidential
I'd say this isn't great timing for LA to be going through this kind of slump.

MLS’s top domestic GM candidates – The Athletic
With three current GM openings in MLS, here are the U.S.-based candidates that could be in line for a move soon.