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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, November 19, 2015

Only a couple more days until FCD is back in action.

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The week is rolling on as we wait on the first leg of the Western Conference finals to begin.

// FC Dallas //

A familiar face shows up at training |

While you want FCD to be super focused this week on Portland (and they are), it is still cool to see things like this.

Does Dallas have a better chance against Portland? |

The matchup on paper looks better for Dallas in this series than it would have against Vancouver but the Timbers as we know can still be very dangerous.

Zimmerman ready to lift the MLS Cup | Yahoo Sports

A lot of good stuff in this one from Walker Zimmerman on the Seattle win and how the club looks to get to MLS Cup.

// MLS //

Finding that stat that stands out for each four remaining teams |

I knew when I loaded the article up what FCD's stat would be. If you watched only one game of FCD this season, you'd probably be able to figure it out as well. But the more interesting stat is the low number of crosses FCD attempts in open play.

What kind of effect will the international break have on the conference finals |

The debate is always going to be there this time of the year when MLS breaks for the November FIFA games. FCD lost five players this weekend to Portland's three, and both sides likely won't have those players turning to training until today. If anything, it will make the first leg of these series a little more dull as teams find their tempo again.

Morris offered "richest" homegrown deal ever | Sounder at Heart

Jordon Morris has some big decisions to make here as Seattle continues try and sign him as a HGP. Seeing that it is the richest HGP contract offered yet, makes me wonder if even that will be enough for a player that already has a slew of national team caps under his belt.

Blueprint for overhauling the Union | Brotherly Game

It doesn't seem that long ago that we were writing similar posts about FCD.

Garrido suffers horrible injury in qualifying | Dynamo Theory

This was quite possible one of the nastiest injuries I've seen in some time. Such a tough break for an up and coming player in this league.

Donovan: Gerrard and Lampard found MLS hard |

I think anyone who watched those two play this summer and fall could see that they overestimated everything about MLS.