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MLS Western Conference: Cherundolo's LAFC needs change, FC Dallas’ issues & more on each team

We’re dissecting every MLS team in the Western Conference.

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Welcome back our two-part weekly MLS column here at Backheeled where we break down all 29 teams in the league.

I’ve got the West. Ben Wright’s got the East. Joseph Paintsil has my heart. Let’s chat about the latest for each Western Conference squad, shall we?

To read up on the East, check out Ben’s rundown.

MLS Eastern Conference: Sam Surridge shows his savvy, NYCFC finally win & more on each team
We’re dissecting every MLS team in the Eastern Conference.

Austin FC

Result: 2-2 draw vs. Philadelphia Union

The more I watch him settle into life in Austin, the more I like Diego Rubio’s fit. Unlike Gyasi Zardes, who was signed ahead of last season, Rubio is more than just a goal threat in the final third. He’s also a guy who can create a few chances for his attacking teammates.

Starting up top as the lone striker in a 4-3-3 for Josh Wolff, Rubio pulled more than a few strings for Austin FC in their 2-2 draw with Philly on Saturday.

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