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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, October 19, 2016

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FC Dallas is off to Guatemala for their final group stage game in the CCL.

MLS: Seattle Sounders FC at FC Dallas Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The final busy week of the regular season kicks into full gear here as FC Dallas is heading south to Guatemala.

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Diaz to have surgery on Achilles | Big D Soccer

While nothing has been officially announced by the club, it appears Diaz is off to North Carolina to get things taken care of here.

Diaz will miss the playoffs and more | SI.com

On the short end he will miss the playoffs, but on the long end we’re looking at getting him back around June of next year. Eek.

How Ruiz and Diaz set up the game-winner over Seattle | Big D Soccer

That last little touch from Mauro Diaz was special but so was that awareness from Carlos Ruiz to get that play going in the first place.

FCD looks for result on the road in the CCL | MLSSoccer.com

All they need is a draw in this one to advance to the quarterfinals next spring. Getting a draw on the road is just going to be the theme this week.

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Impact claim Drogba situation is resolved | MLSSoccer.com

Yeah, so while everyone is smiling on camera, you have to think they’ve already worked it out to where he leaves in a couple weeks for good.

Montreal, MLS live and die with DPs like Drogba | ESPNFC.com

They either work out amazingly or they become a massive headache in the end. Crazy how this time last year he was leading them into the playoffs.

Teams must be smarter about aging players | FourFourTwo

There have been some pretty sizable busts in the DP department this season. I’m all for getting younger and more up and coming DPs to this league like what FCD has done. Less Steven Gerrard’s and more Carlos Gruezo’s.

Villa in talks to extend deal with NYCFC | SI.com

Although, if you get more David VIlla’s in the league, that wouldn’t be a bad thing.

Three spots, four teams: Who’s in? | MLSSoccer.com

While we’re going to be pretty consumed with our game and Colorado’s on Sunday, there are some pretty big games that will determine seeding for the final available playoff spots out there.

Four teams backing into the playoffs | MLSSoccer.com

Thankfully we’re not one of them, though it may feel that way now.

United confident with Buzzard Point timeline | Black and Red United

I wouldn’t feel confident if I were DCU until that stadium is open. So many twists and turns in that stadium build.

Central American clubs have historic chance in CCL | Goal.com

We’re playing one of them too. Also, the word is that Carlos Ruiz didn’t travel for this one due to an ankle injury.