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Big D Daily: News for Friday, September 24, 2021

FC Dallas is in Canada as they get ready to battle the Whitecaps tomorrow.

MLS: Sporting Kansas City at FC Dallas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The weekend is finally here and while this week got started on a wild note for FC Dallas, the calm seems to have returned as we get ready for tomorrow’s game in Vancouver. We will have our usual coverage of the game here but first, some morning links to discuss.

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SET THE STAGE: FC Dallas vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC | 9.25.21 | FC Dallas
FC Dallas heads out to Vancouver for the first time this year as we get to see what Marco Ferruzzi can do as a manager.

Bryan Reynolds likely set for winter loan with minutes scarce under Jose Mourinho at AS Roma | MLSSoccer.com
While we'd love to see Bryan get minutes with Roma, it is probably for the best that he earns some time elsewhere so he can continue to develop.

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"We can do special things": New England clinch playoffs but eye far more from 2021 season | MLSSoccer.com
The Revs are the first ones to punch their tickets into the playoffs this season. A lot of firsts for that group but they definitely want to make sure they have the playoffs run through them now.

Atlanta United aren’t “back” — and that’s a great thing for the Five Stripes | MLSSoccer.com
I do agree that it is better to say that they are resurging rather than saying that they’re back.

Five observations from Sounders’ loss to León in Leagues Cup final - Sounder At Heart
Just like with most MLS teams in a Cup final, missed opportunities will make you want to pull your hair out.

LAFC star Carlos Vela on love of LeBron and Lakers, respect for Kobe - Angels on Parade
You get a sense that Vela is one of those big stars that is actually pretty down to earth.

The Younes Namli Conundrum - Burgundy Wave
The Rapids haven't had a ton of success with their DP and now the loan is set to expire in the coming months.

Toronto FC make a statement Wednesday night in emphatic win over York United - Waking The Red
You would hope that an MLS side like Toronto, even as bad as they've been this year, could beat a lower division-type team.

Josef Martinez knee exam clean, status is day-to-day - Dirty South Soccer
I think that sound you hear right now is a collective sigh of relief from everyone in Georgia.

Orlando City Must Emerge from the Dark Forest - The Mane Land
I feel as though we saw a lot of this sort of thing when Oscar Pareja was in charge here in Dallas.