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Big D Daily: News for Thursday, October 20, 2016

FCD finishes out group play in the CCL tonight.

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

The week rolls into Thursday here as FC Dallas is back in action tonight in the CCL.

// FC Dallas //

Chalkboard: A look at who could replace Diaz | Big D Soccer

Mauro Diaz won’t be easily replaced in these final few games of this season (or however long he’ll be out next year too). But we have some ideas of how we can still do well in the playoffs without him.

Three FCD players that should get time in OKC next season | Big D Soccer

I can’t really argue against any of those three. We saw how well the loans did this season, so hopefully we can build from there.

FCD Twitter campaign annoys some folks | Big D Soccer

As I’ve been told by some folks, Twitter is SERIOUS business.

Injuries force Pareja to rethink CCL lineup | Dallas Morning News

We’ve been lucky to say the very least with injuries this season but boy when they hit us, they hit hard.

FCD hopes to raise a trophy and dedicate it to Diaz | FCDallas.com

I think it is safe to say that the injury to Diaz has really rocked this team. We’ll either see a team that has lost a spark or one that rallies well together. I hope it is the latter of the two.

Can Dallas clinch the Shield over Colorado? | ESPNFC.com

It won’t be easy, that we know but only needing a draw is still manageable.

Diaz injury puts the treble in doubt | ESPNFC.com

I’ve been saying all along, we need to pump the brakes on the treble talk and just focus on one trophy at a time.

// MLS //

Bradley Wright-Phillips wins POW | SBNation.com

One of the final weeks of the season and BWP shows up with a brace to put the Red Bulls atop the Eastern Conference.

Timbers fall out of CCL with draw at home | Stumptown Footy

The quarterfinals of the CCL are going to be kind of wild next spring with the group of teams advancing.

Schmid: I’d love to work overseas | MLSSoccer.com

Sure that is an interesting thought for Sigi Schmid as he waits on an expansion team to scoop him up. If he really wants to coach overseas, I’m sure someone will be listening.

Grading the Kamara trade six months later | The Bent Musket

New England gambled high on Kei Kamara and so far you could argue it didn’t pay off exactly like they hoped it would. Then again it didn’t pay off much for Columbus either as they struggled to even sniff the red line in the standings this season.

Orlando need to prove they can compete with Kaka | The Mane Land

Apparently Kaka’s contract runs out next year. He’s certainly a valuable player in the league, so retaining him has to be something to think long and hard about.

Jones set for a return for the Rapids | Goal.com

Jermaine Jones could be a massive x-factor for the Rapids in the post season.