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Dallas improving after rough start

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The coronavirus shutdown, positive tests and then a spate of injuries. The 2020 season has been challenging - to say the least - for FC Dallas.

Goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer, himself coming off an injury, has the perspective of a player who has seen it all. The 31-year-old's career includes a brief stop in Chile and a stint with the lower-tier New York Cosmos before ultimately landing in Dallas in 2017.

"Sure, there's been times of being cut from teams, being released from preseasons, getting drafted and then getting released, being in clubs where it's going months without getting paid, playing in South America and the team got relegated - some crushing stuff that I've lived through," Maurer said. "That's just all part of the sport and makes you stronger. Hopefully in some way, it's helped me continue to grow and that's all we can try and do with this year's situations as well."

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