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Big D Daily: News for Tuesday, October 20, 2015

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FCD has the West locked up, so now what?

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The slow march towards the weekend continues as FC Dallas is back home and is getting ready for San Jose.

// FC Dallas //

FCD coming of age | Goal.com

Hmm, people taking notice before the playoffs that our side is actually a good team. Very nice.

What FCD needs to do to win the Shield | FCDallas.com

This is something we've touched on before on this site but here is another reminder as to what exactly needs to happen this weekend for FCD to earn some hardware for the first time in a long time.

// MLS //

All playoff scenarios in one place | MLSSoccer.com

As for the rest of the league, here is a handy guide to what all can happen this weekend. Our team had a brief discussion on this yesterday, is anyone rooting for SJ to win on Sunday and Seattle to lose? Because there are scenarios that could see the Sounders miss the playoffs if that is the case.

Sounders midfield continues to struggle | Sounder at Heart

Speaking of the Sounders, even though players are healthy (for the most part) again, the team has struggled down the stretch to put anything positive together in the attack.

Has Dempsey been worth the investment? | Seattle Times

One more Sounder thought for the morning, this one is from last week but it definitely is worth the read. I know many of us would have taken Clint Dempsey here in a heartbeat but there appears to be folks in Seattle asking whether or not he has been worth all the money.

US Soccer, youth clubs meet over compensation | SI.com

I have a feeling we're going to be hearing a lot more about this in the coming weeks.

MLS as unpredictable as ever | ESPNFC.com

I feel like when seeing the headline while looking at the league standings, I think there is a captain obvious statement here. But interesting thought that no team in MLS has fewer than 10 losses this season.

Bobby Boswell signs contract extension | Black and Red United

Good teams know how to lock up good veteran players.

Who saw the most success in the USL in 2015? | The Goat Parade

Some really good investigating here on the USL as it looks at who did the best between the independent clubs, the affiliated ones and the MLS2 squads. I still believe we'll see FCD with a new affiliate next season.