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Big D Daily: News for Friday, September 3, 2021

The US started off qualifying with a bit of a dud in their draw with El Salvador.

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

The end of the week is here and a holiday weekend is upon us here in the US. FC Dallas is getting see to head up to Utah for a weekend trip as they’ll take on RSL tomorrow night. We’ll dive into that game but first, we have some links to discuss.

// FC Dallas //

Has Szabolcs Schon fixed FC Dallas’ problems on the wings? - Big D Soccer
Has Schon solved all of FCD's problems on the wings? Maybe, but the numbers kind of suggest otherwise.

// MLS //

"The odds are against us": Shorthanded Philadelphia look to stun New England |
Philadelphia has their eyes set on a return leg in CCL in a couple of weeks but this one is probably as important for their season.

"The goals will come": Daryl Dike refreshed and ready to end Orlando's scoring woes |
Dike has had quite the ride this year from being a breakout star to dealing with injuries this summer after the Gold Cup.

MLSPA enters “a new phase” as players’ commercial opportunities blossom | US Soccer Players
The Major League Soccer Players Association announced a new deal with video game makers Konami at an event prior to the 2021 MLS All-Star Game.

Thorrington, Bradley talk Diego Rossi sale, what comes next for LAFC - Angels on Parade
Thorrington says the move is exactly what LAFC had planned to do.

// USMNT //

Three takeaways from USMNT's World Cup Qualifying stalemate in El Salvador |
Could be worse, could be a whole lot better. A draw on the road in qualifying isn't really the end of the world for the USMNT.

USMNT learns a valuable lesson in 0-0 draw vs. El Salvador – The Athletic
Winning on the road in the region isn't about talent level, and Thursday's 0-0 draw was the perfect example of why.

2022 World Cup Qualifying: USA 0-0 El Salvador - a disjointed performance and an indecisive result - Stars and Stripes FC
Again, it is a point on the road. Take it, move on and do better.