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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, September 30, 2021

At least the Columbus Crew did something nice for MLS last night.

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MLS: Sporting Kansas City at FC Dallas Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

After last night’s showing for FC Dallas, it really does feel like it is time to just move on from this season and begin focusing on next year. But we still have six more games to deal with before we can actually do that.

// FC Dallas //

FC Dallas loses 3-1 to Sporting Kansas City - Big D Soccer
Ricardo Pepi scored his 13th goal of the season but it wasn’t enough at all to make up for the poor mistakes in the back.

Ricardo Pepi called into USMNT for the October World Cup Qualifiers - Big D Soccer
Pepi earns his second call for World Cup qualifiers this fall as he will leave for the camp following this weekend's game against Minnesota.

Too little changes for FC Dallas in 3-1 loss to Sporting Kansas City | The Striker Texas
The more things change, the more they stay the same for FC Dallas. More crap goals given up, more penalties given. Yeah.

// MLS //

Wednesday Takeaways: What we learned from Week 28's action |
It was kind of crazy that all MLS sides were in action last night. All 27 of them. Impressive.

Three takeaways from Columbus Crew's massive Campeones Cup win over Cruz Azul |
Are we sure the USSF doesn't want to move the US-Mexico game from Cincy to Columbus? Just make a swap.

Columbus wins first Campeones Cup in Crew history 2-0 vs. Cruz Azul - Massive Report
A 2-0 scoreline sees the home team-best their Liga MX rivals in Cruz Azul.

What Liga MX, MLS must do to make the Leagues Cup a success – The Athletic
While MLS must leverage its business arm to improve its sporting results, for Liga MX it's just the opposite.

The Galaxy and LAFC's struggles come at the worst time in Los Angeles | US Soccer Players
Taking a broader look at the Los Angeles market, the success of the Rams and Dodgers only increases the pressure on the Galaxy and LAFC.

Sounders vs Earthquakes, recap: Winning ways in the Bay - Sounder At Heart
Seattle played more like what you expect out of them, even on the road.

Y. Chara, Asprilla notch in Timbers’ 2-1 away win against LAFC - Stumptown Footy
The Portland Timbers picked up their first-ever win in Banc of California Stadium.

Josef Martinez’s 100th Atlanta United goal lifts Atlanta United over Inter Miami - Dirty South Soccer
I find it absolutely wild that Martinez has 100 goals in MLS in such a short time.

Three takeaways from yet another Austin FC debacle in Colorado | The Striker Texas
We know the struggles here in Dallas at the moment but I don’t think they’re as rough as what an expansion side like Austin is going through here this season.

// USMNT //

Three big takeaways from the USMNT roster for October World Cup qualifiers |
There are a lot of fresh faces on this roster that will stay at home for two of the three games.