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Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The Knockout Round kicks off tonight.

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

The playoffs begin tonight in MLS as we get two of the four Knockout Round games.

// FC Dallas //

FCD vs LAG: The good and bad | Big D Soccer

One last call on some content from Sunday’s game as we look at what worked and what didn’t work for FCD.

FCD left to prepare for three different teams | Dallas Morning News

While it is good to get a bye into the conference semifinals, the unknown element of not knowing right away who you’ll play is always a tricky aspect of the playoffs.

Quick look at who FCD could play on Sunday |

We’ll be discussing this a little bit as well today on this site. But this is a good starting point to know a tad more about Seattle, SKC and RSL.

// MLS //

Who’s leading the pack going into the playoffs |

Sixth? Really? No love for a team that has won two trophies this season.

Seven questions heading into the playoffs |

Yeah, number one is a big one in my mind as well. But this team has shown us time and time again that they can step up to the plate.

Barnes named POW for final week of the season |

Winning the player of the week in the final weeks of the season has to mean something right? No? Okay.

Two Timbers players arrested for DUI | Stumptown Footy

Oh boy, things continue to go south for Portland in a hurry this year. They crashed out of making the playoffs and now two guys get arrested for drunken stupidity. Just call Uber folks. Its not hard.

Porter’s Timbers were a joke in 2016 |

In a way, yes they were.

Drogba still absent from practice | Mount Royal Soccer

Yeah, he gone folks. He gone.

Landon Donovan hints at a 2017 return | LAG Confidential

That is great and all but is it really worth it?

Exit interviews: Assessing each team that missed the playoffs | FourFourTwo

I really hope not to do any of these for FC Dallas until December.

How the MLS Cup will be lost | FourFourTwo

On the flip side, here is one thing getting in the way of each playoff team from winning a MLS Cup. I can’t say I disagree with FCD’s comment.

Tampa and Ottawa are moving to USL | USL

The no surprise department left us this news yesterday afternoon. Two NASL teams leave for greener grass in the USL. NASL now down to nine teams, eight if you aren’t counting Rayo OKC.