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Big D Daily: News for Tuesday, October 25, 2016

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How do two trophies feel so far Dallas? Good?

MLS: FC Dallas at LA Galaxy Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

The celebrating is going to slow down a bit here as FC Dallas gets back in gear for their playoff run.

// FC Dallas //

Social: FCD celebrates Shield with Mauro Diaz | Big D Soccer

Nothing like landing back in Dallas after midnight and then going immediately to Mauro Diaz’s house to wake him up and spray some bubbly on him.

FCD’s pragmatic approach could suit them in playoffs | Big D Soccer

It wasn’t pretty but sometimes playoff soccer doesn’t have to be pretty. Its a grind out and get results kind of time.

Loyd competes in season three of “What’Cha Got?” | FCDallas.com

I’m hoping this was taped pre-concussion. That’s some fast driving there.

Zimmerman up for Player of the Month | FCDallas.com

Go vote now!

Why I’m enjoying the 2016 FCD ride | Angels on Parade

Everyone loves a good underdog and that is what FCD was in some ways this year. A team build on youth and quality veterans that few gave a real shot at winning trophies.

// MLS //

Home teams have the edge in ESPN’s SPI | MLSSoccer.com

I don’t put a ton of stock in things like the SPI but I will say it is a good enough starting point for things to go off.

Decision Day winners and losers | Yahoo Sports

No surprise that we’re one of the top winners in the bunch but seeing the two MLS Cup participants from last year in the loser column is interesting to say the least. Just shows how much of a crap shoot the playoffs just really are in this league.

Timbers screwed up but they’ll be fine | SBNation.com

Given the way that team is built, I’d like to think they’ll be fine too but they have a lot of aging guys coming off injuries, a few high contracts that need to be sorted out and I would imagine some locker room stuff to fix.

DCU gets agreement for stadium plan changes | Black and Red United

And more changes on the DCU stadium are coming up. Oh goodie.

Inside Bruce Arena from those who know him best | FourFourTwo

Every time I hear Bruce talk on TV or in person, I get a little grin on my face. Maybe it is his smug way of answering questions or just his overall way of doing things.

Broken leg halts Edu’s recovery | ESPNFC.com

I have to say, this is a big bummer. Really feel bad for Maurice Edu here these days as this season was completely lost to injuries.

Attendance up in MLS as league sets new average record | ESPNFC.com

About half of the league saw increases in their average attendance from last season, others saw slight decreases and then there is FCD and that whopping 12% decrease. Most of that is because of the south end being closed, which a lot of folks continue to forget.