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Big D Daily: News for Monday February 17, 2014

FC Dallas heads to Florida today.

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Spor

Well the weekend was short lived but at least we're inching closer to the start of the regular season. FC Dallas is heading to Florida today to train for the week, along with playing a couple of games, we'll have a couple reports coming up later today and tomorrow on all of that.

Until then, here are some morning links to get your new week started off on the right foot.

Clavijo on the added firepower |

Clavijo loves the speed options that FCD now has on the wings with Andres Escobar and Fabian Castillo.

Media day around the stadium | FC Dallas Twitter

I guess yesterday was a de facto media day for the club to do head shots and what not.

The good and the bad with loans in MLS | Fox Soccer

A good little backgrounder on why some loans work and why some just do not in MLS.

No excuses for TFC | Fox Soccer

There truly is not excuse for Toronto FC to not reach the playoffs in 2014 now. The thing is, as good as some of their roster is, the depth is so darn weak there.

Freddy Adu on the World Cup |

The headline really made me laugh, he has no way of reaching the World Cup this year...if ever at this point in his career.

Kenny Cooper, the American Valeri? |

It sounds like our old pal Kenny is doing well up in Seattle. Can you still root for him even though he is a Sounder?

New stadium renderings for DCU | Black and Red United

Again, this looks lovely for DC United but I cannot for the life of me get overly excited by it until I know shovels are in the ground and things are actually being built.

Kljestan scores in victory over the weekend |

Definitely a solid weekend for Sasha Kljestan. His World Cup hopes are looking pretty solid with outings like this.

Julian Green to train with the US team |

The highly-regarded young winger/forward from Bayern Munich could be a big get for the USMNT going forward. Maybe not a World Cup player this year but definitely one for the future.

Qatar could 'seriously' lose 2022 World Cup |

As much as I want this to be true, I have a feeling it won't ever be taken away from them.

Sunshine state foes |

Having a strong rivalry in Florida is going to really help both Orlando and Miami once both are playing in MLS. Hopefully they can keep the tension going between one another for a couple years though and not let it fizzle out when Miami comes into the league.

How supporters in Nashville have created a team out of nothing |

A great long-form article on how the grassroots effort in Nashville has gone from an idea to reality.

Cards Against Humanity, House of Cards style |

I played the regular version of this card game over the weekend with some friends, I highly recommend it. So ridiculously funny. I can only imagine how fun the House of Cards edition is too.

And finally our soccer stadium tour takes us to the third division home of English side Milton Keynes Dons FC, Stadium mk



How was your Valentine's Day weekend? What do you think of the news about Qatar? Can Freddy Adu finally get his career on track? Feel free to use this thread for your discussions today, we'll have more preseason coverage up here shortly.