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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, September 8, 2021

One more big qualifier for the USMNT tonight.

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The final qualifier of the September window is here for the US (and a slew of other teams around the world for that matter). This early look at the Concacaf qualifying has been eye-opening, to say the least.

// FC Dallas //

FC Dallas Hosts Military and First Responders Night on Saturday, September 11 | FC Dallas
FC Dallas honors military and first responder heroes while also recognizing the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

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Top young-player performances in MLS Week 23 |
Good to see at least Jesus Ferreira get a nice mention in this weekly post.

Which struggling "big clubs" will make the Audi 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs? |
There's always an alleged big club or two that’s surprisingly forced to scratch and claw down the stretch just to reach the MLS Cup Playoffs, so that sort of plot twist shouldn't ever come as much surprise.

How new mask and vaccine mandates will affect Sounders fans - Sounder At Heart
I know I would love to see some sort of thing like this here in Dallas but we know how things are in Texas enough to know that won't be happening anytime soon.

Eryk Williamson’s ACL injury and where the midfield goes from here - Stumptown Footy
With Williamson slated to miss the remainder of the 2021 MLS season, and likely the start of 2022, the Timbers look to figure out life in the midfield without him.

Chicago Fire sign Academy star Missael Rodriguez to a four-year contract - Hot Time In Old Town
The 18-year-old striker was big in the Fire’s run to a U19 MLS NEXT championship.

Miles Robinson is showing why he’s one of America’s best soccer players. Why isn’t he valued as such? - Dirty South Soccer
The Atlanta United center back continues to prove himself, this time on the international stage.

Daryl Dike’s Return To Form Gives Orlando City a Needed Spark - The Mane Land
The striker’s monster game Saturday could be the lift Orlando needs in the home stretch of the season.

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USMNT vs. Honduras predicted XI; info on McKennie suspension – The Athletic
USMNT manager Gregg Berhalter spoke more about the events that led to Weston McKennie's suspension on Tuesday.

McKennie dismissed by USMNT for two COVID protocol violations, including bringing unauthorized individual into bubble - ESPNFC
Weston McKennie was dismissed by U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter for bringing an unauthorized individual inside the team bubble. That isn't what you'd like to see before a big game.

United States v Canada, 2022 World Cup Qualifying: What we Learned - Stars and Stripes FC
For me the biggest things I saw between the two squads as the speed on one end and the lack of it on the other. Usually, the US is the one with the speed but Canada has seemed to lap us in that department.

"It’s upsetting": Weston McKennie controversy clouds USMNT before WCQ vs. Honduras |
There seems to be a lot in this one with McKennie but no matter what is said, it isn't a great look for this team.