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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, February 11, 2015

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FCD has one more day in Frisco before heading to Austin.

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Things are starting to look up here this preseason with FC Dallas. Lots of news coming out of the World Cup Way offices this week and more likely on the way. But first lets get into the morning links.

// FC Dallas //

The FCD way | 3rdDegree.net

Nathan Nipper, the author of Dallas 'Til I Cry is now writing over at 3rdDegree. His first article discusses how FCD is managing to do things without the big name DPs.

FCD thrilled to have Castillo long-term | FCDallas.com

A five year deal for a guy that is still only 22-years old. Even if he stays the full length of that deal he'll only be 27. Just crazy to me that he's been here for a few years now and has come a long way since that first game.

// MLS //

What does it take to make a MLS Cup | MLSSoccer.com

Six interesting ideas to narrow down the field that actually included FCD. As much as I think Jason Saghini is a crazy guy sometime, those six buckets are definitely true as long as players stay healthy, stay out of trouble and if some special stuff happens. In other words, he isn't far off on this.

Jones expected to miss four to six weeks | The Bent Musket

Tough break to start the new season but New England has enough quality to make it work.

PRO sets new rule interpretations for 2015 | The Bent Musket

More fun with the refs this year. They're looking at cracking down on dissent and persistent infringement.

Farfan signs with DC through allocation order | Washington Post

Michael Farfan is back in MLS after spending 2014 in Mexico. This is a good signing for DCU, but once again FCD passed over a guy in the allocation order. Hmm.

Can we leave the tifo to the fans? | Hudson River Blue

So NYCFC is basically going to create their own tifo for the fans to use instead of allowing them to do it on their own? The PR side of things with that club continues to amaze me.

For USMNT, balancing act is no simple task | SI.com

Another excellent opinion piece out of Brian Straus regarding Jurgen Klinsmann and the USMNT.

LA signs academy player to LAG2 club | LAG Confidential

You gotta give LA credit for finding the loopholes when they can. They signed a player from their academy system to their USL side, so he could continue attending college (the same one where the StubHub Center is located). In a way this is a genius move because it allows their academy players to get the best of both worlds, play at a higher level and get a college education.

Alright, that appears to be it for now. What do you all have to say this morning?