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Big D Daily: News for Friday, October 7, 2016

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The weekend is finally here with a US game kicking things off.

Soccer: 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying-Trinidad & Tobago at USA Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports

The off week for FC Dallas has nearly wrapped itself up here as the club was in Lewisville last night at a public training session.

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Expansion Draft: Early projections | Big D Soccer

Being that its the off week here, we thought it was a good time to begin looking forward to the expansion draft that will be held in December. We plan to update this post every so often from now until the draft.

Looking at where players have gone since leaving FCD after 2015 | Big D Soccer

This is always a fun game of where are they now.

FIFA Skills challenge: Acosta vs Trapp | FCDallas.com

I’ve enjoyed this series of videos with MLS players doing the FIFA skills challenges. I’m glad we’re getting a treat as one of our own gets to do it.

Quakes still searching for a GM; Castillo slow start in Turkey | MLSSoccer.com

Here is certainly something to keep an eye on this fall as we see what Fabian Castillo is doing in Turkey. So far, the jury is still out on this move. There are some good quotes from Fernando Clavijo in this as well.

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How DCU became the East’s hottest team | MLSSoccer.com

Just looking at this club since August, its really been an impressive turn around. A lot has to do with getting the right new players to fit what they were doing and ditch some players who were not.

Are injuries the real issue behind RSL’s inconsistency? | RSL Soapbox

Injuries can be a massive pain for anyone in this league, as we’ve seen what it can do here in Dallas in years past. I think overall RSL’s depth may be a part of that inconsistency problem as their bench isn’t quite good enough to step in when players go down.

Beasley doesn’t expect to return to Houston in 2017 | ESPNFC.com

One more piece of the total reboot in Houston. If he were a tad cheaper on the salary front, he would be a huge addition here for a season. (And yes, I’ve always been a fan of his...so there is that)

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Why this friendly with Cuba is historic | Unusual Efforts

The USMNT is down IN Cuba today for a pretty big friendly. While it shouldn’t be a tough game for the US to win when it is all said and done, this is really the start of something for US teams going to Cuba on a more regular basis.

Friendly to be played despite Hurricane Matthew | Fox Sports

I’m kind of impressed though that this game is going on with the Hurricane in the area.

US in search of a successor to Howard | SI.com

The keeper pool is always suppose to be pretty deep for the US. So why has finding a successor been such a long process?