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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, January 22, 2015

After messing around with Michael Essien, what does FC Dallas have up their sleeve?

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Yesterday was certainly an interesting day for fans of the club, with FC Dallas rumored to make a bid on midfielder Michael Essien. Those bids were turned down and now we're back at square one. We will keep you all up to date on that but lets get into some morning links first.

// FC Dallas //

More on Kyle Bekker |

The club's digital crew gives us a pretty good look at the newest midfielder for FCD.

Klinsmann will wait patiently on Akindele's national team decision |

Both sides are taking this 'decide which national team thing' very patiently.

[Oh and by the way, preseason camp starts tomorrow, not next week like we had previously thought this week. Yay!]

// MLS //

All-Star game in Denver now official | Burgundy Wave

I do find it interesting that Colorado gets to host this again, and that Fox Sports 1 is broadcasting it. I am fairly certain that this is the first non-ESPN/ABC/etc broadcast of the ASG in league history. Though I could be wrong on that but I don't recall Fox Soccer Channel ever doing it back in the day.

Finding out who the ASG opponent is |

Look if it isn't Arsenal then why on earth did the league put the game back in Colorado for a second time?

The Allocation Ranking Fallacy | The Brotherly Game

Some folks really, really hate the MLS's Allocation order/ranking. I get that.

Bradley believes free agency is worth a players' strike |

Yeah, I get why players are saying this but I totally don't support a strike. Not at this stage in the league's life. Still, seeing a big named player in the league say this type of stuff certainly helps support the players.

The lingering problem that MLS must still address | Yahoo Sports

Lets just say it isn't the CBA. I have to agree though with this piece, once the league fixed this issue, they'll certainly be one of the bigger leagues in the country and the world.

Did New York trade the same future draft pick twice? | Once A Metro

Haha if this is indeed true, then we need to just point and laugh at all involved.

USL announces format changes and playoff updates |

Funny that this release from MLS on this subject already states that FCD is linked up with Arizona. I still don't get why that thing hasn't been announced by the two sides. Seems so simple.

Okay, that is all that I have for now. What do you fine folks have going on today?