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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, November 3, 2015

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We're moving closer and closer to MLS Cup.

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The week is flying by here as MLS Cup is this weekend.

// FC Dallas //

FCD a long way from the 2013 team | Dallas Morning News

I had a thought this morning when I woke up about those 2012 and 2013 teams. So many different faces from then but such a better group of players both on and off the field too.

Academy preps for Winter Showcase | FCDallas.com

The senior team may be done for 2015, but the academy sides are still going here.

USMNT trying to flip Gonzalez from Mexico | Stars and Stripes FC

Normally I would be all for a local guy getting USMNT team hype but I really would rather see Jesse Gonzalez stick it out with Mexico. I think the talent pool at keeper is too thick in the US system for him to get anywhere.

// MLS //

How Columbus and Portland built MLS Cup contenders | MLSSoccer.com

Both teams have an interesting formula for how they built their squads. Portland is inching closer into what FCD likes to do with South Americans and are getting good results with who they have. Columbus continues to impress me though with their young talent.

Columbus says no to Timbers' timber | Massive Report

Things banned this weekend at MLS Cup: timber or wood of any kind. Well played Crew.

High five: Fitting venue for MLS Cup | FCDallas.com

I always enjoy Steve Davis' work for FCD's website and this week he brings it with some good points all around about MLS Cup, the length of the season in MLS and more.

Giovinco dominates MLS MVP voting | Waking the Red

I mean, there really was no debate about who MLS MVP would be once the season ended. I know Kei Kamara had a case but there was no way Sebastian Giovinco wasn't going to land that award.

Does NYCFC know what they're doing? | Hudson River Blue

On the surface, it sure doesn't look like they do.

Beckham frustrated by latest setback | Miami Herald

From the sounds of things, MLS is going to give Beckham and his group some hard deadlines this week. My gut tells me that they'll start letting cities pass Miami on the pecking order for expansion slots.

Why playoffs make sense for MLS | ESPNFC.com

Because, America. Right?

Garber: We'll continue to evaluate playoff structure | Fox Soccer

One growing comment about the playoffs is the advantage for the higher seed after FCD and NY were outed this past weekend. I agree that there has to be something in place to give the higher seed the advantage.