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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, September 23, 2021

FC Dallas turns their attention to Vancouver as we get our first game under Marco Ferruzzi this season.

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

The week is quickly coming towards the weekend here (which I am all for) as FC Dallas is getting ready to head up to Vancouver for the first time since 2019.

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FC Dallas interim Marco Ferruzzi puts focus on Vancouver in 'intense' first training session | The Striker Texas
We will find out on Saturday if that intensity gives Marco that 'interim manager bump' that we see all of the time in MLS.

Marco Ferruzzi Stresses Intensity in First Training Session as Interim Head Coach | FC Dallas
The defense has to improve, that much we know. If Ferruzzi can get that group back to being what we expected them to be this year, we could see some results come into place.

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Inside the ambitious new Leagues Cup format that MLS and Liga MX hope will add ‘rocket fuel’ to their plans for growth – The Athletic
Taking cues from the scuppered European Super League plan, MLS and Liga MX believe their historic plan could yield major benefits.

Sounders vs León, Leagues Cup Final recap: getting beat on the river - Sounder At Heart
Seattle had the league's best chance to win a trophy against a Liga MX side this year and ended up blowing it.

The surprising future of the Leagues Cup | US Soccer Players
The Leagues Cup will become a significantly bigger deal in 2023 when MLS and Liga MX pause their seasons to compete against each other.

Red Bulls 1-1 City: luck finally goes Struber’s way - Once A Metro
Extremely late Patryk Klimala penalty gives red side of New York morale boost ahead of Saturday rematch.

Revs rebrand all but confirmed with MLS FIFA 22 ratings reveal - The Bent Musket
The crayon flag might have received the final nail in its coffin with this subtle tweet.

From the Supporters’ Section: The ‘fun’ is back at Atlanta United - Dirty South Soccer
I do find it kind of funny that Atlanta fans see a pair of bad seasons as 'several bleak years'. Oh come on, you don't know pain in this league.

Orlando City’s Skid Subverts Expectations, Fuels Doubts - The Mane Land
Orlando City had huge hopes in preseason, but a brutal September stretch has fans nervous about the team’s 2021 endgame.