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Big D Daily: News for Monday, January 11, 2016

The Draft is this week!

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The MLS offseason is speeding up here as the MLS Combine looks to wrap up before the SuperDraft on Thursday.

// FC Dallas //

2014 draft was one of the best in recent memory for FCD |

I remember that day very well two years ago. It wasn't just picking Tesho Akindele that did it, it was the shrewd moves by Fernando Clavijo that day. Trading down, then back up for allocation to get Akindele. I wouldn't be surprised to see FCD make some moves this week.

Craft and Zendejas lead U-20s to victory |

Good to see Coy Craft doing some solid work for the U-20s. We know Alejandro Zendejas has the quality to make it in MLS so hopefully this kicks starts his year as well.

// MLS //

Stock up, stock down at the Combine |

Remember, the combine is a total crap shoot for players but it does highlight some things on some guys. Some players are able to shine while other do struggle.

Day 1 Combine observations |

These may be a couple days old but it does help you get a sense of where things are at early on in the Combine for some players.

Why are MLS players moving to Liga MX? | Fox Soccer

In some ways, because of the money. In other ways, teams in Mexico are finally noticing the talent in MLS.

Soccer community rallies around RSL fan | RSL Soapbox

Soccer goes beyond the game for a lot of us. This is just another prime example.

What is the best formation for Vancouver? | Eighty Six Forever

You have to love the offseason for material like this. Vancouver is a team similar to Dallas in that there are many shapes that make it good but which one make it the best is the key question this offseason.

The Black Army survives and thrives in new era | The Goat Parade

Once the fans of Chivas USA, this supporters group is moving up and on to support LAFC. I'd say their time off between teams will pay off in the end when LAFC takes the field in a couple years.

Giovinco delighted with life in MLS |

Sebastian Giovinco turned a lot of heads last year in MLS and throughout the world. I think we'll see more teams go after guys of his caliber too.

Carlos Ruiz may be in line for Guatemala's FA presidency | (Spanish) Futbol Guatemala

Just let that thought sink in this morning as you drink your coffee (or tea).

Will Minnesota United be forced to change their name? | Northern Pitch

I've thought a lot about this lately. Minnesota United had the name before Atlanta but not before DC. If anything, I just want them to keep that logo and color scheme.

Lastly I leave you with this...every MLS crest ever: