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Big D Daily: News for Friday, March 25, 2022

The US escaped Mexico with a valuable draw.

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Mexico v United States - Concacaf 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Photo by Brad Smith/ISI Photos/Getty Images

There were good chances for the USMNT to pull out some big-time history on Thursday night in Mexico City but in the end, a draw is what they had to settle for against their rivals. In some ways, you’ll take that as a positive step going into the last home qualifier this weekend with Panama.

// MLS //

MLS NEXT Pro opening weekend: Everything you need to know | MLSSoccer.com
North Texas SC will get their first game of the season this weekend but all eyes will likely be on St. Louis and their expected sellout.

Meet Obed Vargas, the next player USA and Mexico will be dueling over - Sounder At Heart
There aren't many players that have come from Alaska but Seattle has found a hidden gem in Vargas.

Report: Andy Polo had contract paid out in full by MLS - Stumptown Footy
The news comes via comments from an executive at Polo’s new Peruvian club Universitario.

Coach Jonny B: The Fire’s Jonathan Bornstein is quietly building his coaching resume - Hot Time In Old Town
Bornstein has been working as a volunteer assistant coach with Northwestern University’s men’s soccer team.

Columbus Crew’s Luís Diaz is showing his maturation on and off the field - Massive Report
After arriving in 2019, Díaz has had moments, but not to the level of consistency supporters hoped. In 2022, that’s changing.

Chris Durkin returns to D.C. United following Sint-Truiden departure, Houston Dynamo trade - Black And Red United
It’s complicated, but United has brought Durkin back to where it all started via, among other things, the MLS Under-22 Initiative.

Why is Austin FC the only MLS club without an international call-up? | The Striker Texas
While all 27 of its Major League Soccer rivals send players abroad this March, none from Austin were called by their national teams.

// USMNT //

Euphoria, exhaustion and expectation for USMNT on epic Azteca night | MLSSoccer.com
The chances were certainly there last night for the US but a scoreless draw in Mexico City is not the worst result.

Despite a pair of horrible misses, the USMNT leaves the Azteca in good shape – The Athletic
Home match against Panama will now go a long way toward determining the trajectory of the USMNT's World Cup hopes.

USMNT's World Cup draw in Mexico a positive but missed chances at Azteca could yet prove costly | ESPNFC
The U.S. picked up a valuable point vs. Mexico at Azteca but the result will be tinged with disappointment as a World Cup place is not secure yet.

2022 World Cup Qualifiers: USA 0-0 Mexico - Wasted chances, but a needed point for the Americans - Stars and Stripes FC
No goals, but at least Gio did that awesome run that was a lot of fun to watch in the moment.